Desk Assistant

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

When we say, “the stuff dreams are made of,” we’re not just referring to the world of wizards, dragons and superheroes, or even to the wonders of Planet Earth. Behind WBD’s vast portfolio of iconic content and beloved brands, are the storytellers bringing our characters to life, thecreators bringing them to your living rooms and the dreamers creating what’s next…

From brilliant creatives, to technology trailblazers, across the globe, WBD offers career defining opportunities, thoughtfully curated benefits, and the tools to explore and grow into your best selves. Here you are supported, here you are celebrated, here you can thrive.

We are the now and the next. The power behind the people building the future. We are born from the spirit of innovation. We are created from the idea that people around the world want more, need more, deserve more. We are the home of the global digital revolution. We are CNN.


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Desk Assistant Job Description 


CNN is looking for a The Desk Assistant who will be an integral part of the newsroom and the assignment desk. In this role, the desk assistant is responsible for newsgathering for all CNN platforms including television and digital. There is a strong emphasis on writing and collaboration.

Clear, concise dissemination of information is a necessity. Candidate should have experience conducting interviews as well as writing. There are opportunities to write stories for and some field work may be included in this position.

In this position, you should contribute daily story pitch ideas and be proficient with detailed notes and organization. It is critical that the candidate be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment where accuracy is paramount.


Your New Role… 

  • The selected candidate will work with the Bureau management to ensure the newsroom is aware of and covering the day's top news stories.  

Your Role Accountabilities…

  • Working with Bureau management to ensure the newsroom is aware of and covering the day's top news stories.  

  • Reaching out through calls and emails for information to support breaking news and on-going news stories. 

  • Monitoring a variety of sources, including social media, wires, and local news, and evaluating newsworthiness. 

  • Assist CNN linear shows with building graphics for air

  • Conducting research at the direction of producers and Desk management, which may include identifying video or digital stories. 

  • Supporting Desk management in efforts to ensure staff and reporters are available for live shots and coverage of live events.  

  • Preparing a summary of news events occurring in region by 8am to support news executives. 

 Qualifications & Experience… 

  • 1+ year experience in news environment and previous newsroom experience. 

  • Strong general news judgment and editorial skills. 

  • Ability to multi-task, work quickly to meet tight deadlines, and make fast decisions. 

  • Experience building graphics for television preferred

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. 

  • Punctual and reliable. 

  • Candidate should be computer literate and have a working knowledge of social media. 

  • BA/BS preferred  

How We Get Things Done…

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at  along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.

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