Topical Writer/Producer at KCCI-TV (Des Moines, IA)

Topical Writer/Producer

Reports to:
Creative Services Director

Job Description:
KCCI, The Hearst Television Inc. CBS-affiliated station in Des Moines, Iowa, is now interviewing candidates for a Topical Writer/Producer. This full-time position works weeknights until 10pm and occasionally includes some weekends and holidays. Successful candidate will work closely with our newsroom producers, reporters and anchors to effectively drive viewers to newscasts from television and multiple other platforms. Important proficiencies include strong writing, shooting and lighting plus the ability to learn station-specific systems and procedures. A successful candidate will also deal with the stresses and pressures of time-sensitive deadlines as well as make clear and timely decisions when a manager is not available. We’re looking for a creative thinker with a great attitude to join our team of pros who love what they do.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Writing, producing and editing late-news topical promotions
  • Producing station positioning, news image, sports-themed and digital platform branding spots
  • Communicating with producers, reporters, anchors, photographers and management
  • Editing on non-linear systems
  • Strategic thinking and brand building
  • Work varied shifts – including over time, holidays and weekends
  • Work well and interact professionally with many different personalities
  • Developing new ideas for delivering promotions to viewers


  • College degree in Journalism or Communications preferred


  • Two years’ experience at a broadcast TV station or cable network
  • Proven writing, shooting and editing skills in the development of original marketing with a focus on primetime news topical promotion
  • Experience shooting video on a DSLR preferred
  • Excellent non-linear editing ability
  • Experience with ENPS and proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud are both pluses
  • Drive company vehicles if necessary (Valid Driver’s License and Motor Vehicle Record Check required)

To Apply:
Please apply online with your resume and a link to examples of your work at