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Monday, October 29, 2007

News Apprenticeship Program

News Apprenticeship Program
• To develop strong newsroom leadership skills for those interested in the
behind the scenes editorial opportunities
• To attract a diverse pool of talented individuals who will contribute to our
story selection and execution

About the Program

In 2007, WBBM-TV in Chicago will be sponsoring a News Apprenticeship Program
along with stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco,
Boston, Dallas, Miami, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
The CBS Television Stations Group implemented a News Apprenticeship Program in
2005. Most of our television stations across the country have sponsored these
programs over the past two years.

The program will expose candidates to the various disciplines of broadcast
journalism from the Assignment Desk to newscast writing and producing, promotion
writing, news editing to special projects. Apprentices will be working side by
side with news department professionals, learning their craft and gaining
valuable experience and knowledge. This is truly a unique opportunity for a 2007
college graduate (or in some cases a 2006 December graduate) who has a serious
interest in pursuing a career in TV News. We are seeking individuals who are
looking to work "behind the camera" with an ultimate goal to be part of a
newsroom management team.

Each News Apprenticeship will last six months. Candidates who are selected will
be paid an hourly rate of pay of $15.00. Stations will make every effort to find
employment for those candidates who successfully complete the program either
within the station where the apprenticeship took place or at another CBS
Television Station. However, successful completion of the program does not
necessarily guarantee future employment. Apprentices will be considered "at
will" employees and the Program can end at any time during the six-month period
at the station's sole discretion.


• Candidates must be a Spring 2007 college graduate or a December 2006 graduate.
• Only those individuals who are highly motivated and are self-starters need
• While a degree in communications or journalism is not required, strong writing
skills are essential. Candidates will be required to take a broadcast writing
test and will be asked to submit, with their application, a one-page, single
spaced essay on why they have chosen Broadcast Journalism as a career.
• Participation in college radio/TV stations/newspapers or literary magazines
will be taken into account. Also, membership in any professional organizations
such as RTNDA or other journalist associations will be considered.

How to apply for an apprenticeship at WBBM-TV

Complete the News Apprenticeship Program Application Form and your one-page
essay. Save as a Microsoft Word document and submit to drwhite@cbs.com

Or you may mail your application to:
Deidra White
Internship Coordinator
630 N. McClurg Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611

Applications will be accepted beginning April 1, 2007 through Nov. 1, 2007.
Apprenticeship programs will be placed at stations across the country, at
varying times, throughout the coming months.


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