News Desk Planner- Freelance

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CGTN is looking for a freelance News Desk Planner

Job Description:

Maintain a keen focus on and awareness of global news events with a focus on China, North and South America. Work with correspondents on story development and help with field production as needed. Work with a strong team of daily and planning editors collaborating on finding original story content. Possess a clear understanding of TV news production including editorial, logistical and operational techniques. 

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Take editorial lead in the planning process looking for original stories and content for digital and broadcast programs
  • Work on coverage plans for major events 
  • Communicate clearly with management, DC show producers and desks at other production centers for coverage plans.
  • Handle logistics for correspondents, including, but not limited to travel, accreditation and visas
  • Constantly track correspondent assignments, shooting and delivery schedules
  • Develop and maintain a close familiarity with issues and personalities influencing news events in North and South America, as well as in China and Asia-Pacific
  • Planning both short and long-term coverage on a global scale
  • Easily adapt to other duties and responsibilities required by the Director of Newsgathering

Qualifications/ Requirements:

  • College degree in mass communications or journalism preferred
  • Must have at least 3+ years network or major market newsgathering and planning experience
  • Strong organizational skills required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required
  • Possess an understanding of and appreciation for a multi-national, multi-cultural work environment
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

Desired Characteristics:

  • International news gathering and television field experience a plus
  • Must be able to work weekends and evenings


Job Type: Full-time freelance


  • 8 Hour Shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekdays and Weekends

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented — quality and precision-focused
  • Outcome-oriented — results-focused with strong performance culture
  • Stable — traditional, stable, strong processes
  • Team-oriented — cooperative and collaborative


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