Job Description:

Production Assistant, News, PBS NewsHour

Full-time, Regular, Exempt

Reports to: Senior Producer, News


Your role as our PA, News is integral in the coordination of many of the production elements involved with the broadcast and online broadcast. You’ll work with senior producers, producers, editors and other staff. You’ll also be responsible for a diverse range of writing, research, editing, production, and tracking services to support the PBS NewsHour.


You’ll get to know your team and the wider organization, and how each group functions independently as well as part of the whole. You’ll establish key relationships with your peers and other staff you regularly work with. You’ll start to be recognized and known for your exceptional work.


You’re known for your high-quality work. You bring a vibrancy and terrific ideas to meetings. Your ability to seamlessly jump from project to project will enable you to flourish. You’ve developed trust with executive leadership and other senior staff.


  • College degree in journalism, communications, or related major; introductory experience with broadcast and online journalism; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced newsroom setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent spelling and grammar, and demonstrated writing skills with careful attention to detail.
  • Availability to work a non-standard or extended work schedule at times with little to no notice.

Proof of full dosage of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all positions that will be working onsite, or may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite.


  • Comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance plans.
  • Generous 403(B) employer match.
  • Holiday and paid leave programs.
  • Tuition reimbursement.


With roots in public service journalism beginning in 1973, the PBS NewsHour today is on a mission to bring balanced, in-depth news coverage to all. Innovative and fast-paced, life at the NewsHour is focused on collaboration, trust, and above all, enterprising important, considered news. NewsHour is unique in that the team is small and tight-knit, and must accomplish what no other daily news organization does: be the gold-standard of reporting for a nightly, hour-long broadcast, and to crucial digital platforms.

You’ll enjoy working at the NewsHour if you enjoy contributing to meaningful reporting, working on small teams in which your ideas are not just valued but vital, and pushing yourself to grow your skills every day.

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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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