Job Description:

Jim Lehrer Fellow, PBS NewsHour

Full-Time, Non-exempt; 1-year project

Reports to:  Senior Coordinating Broadcast Producer


This one-year fellowship was created in honor of award-winning anchor, reporter, author, Jim Lehrer, co-founder of PBS NewsHour. The Fellow participates in the development and production of the PBS NewsHour. For six months, the Fellow will be dedicated to daily production of the NewsHour, with primary responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Broadcast Coordinating Producer including research, gathering editorial information and video elements; copy editing; and assisting with scripts. For another six months, the Fellow will work closely with digital and broadcast reporters and producers, shadowing them on story assignments, including in the field, and assisting with research, pitching, reporting and production of stories that will be published on the PBS Newshour's website and aired on the PBS NewsHour's nightly show.


  • Participate in the development and production of PBS NewsHour:
    • Research issues and prepare background information for news segments.
    • Produce video, sound and graphic elements that may include package production. Log and archive video feeds, maintain production notes and assist with editing.
    • Organize scripts for live, daily broadcasts.
  • Work with the web producer to produce content for the PBS NewsHour Website:
    • Create web content and features including but not limited to video interviews, written stories, interviews, podcasts, web chats, etc.
    • Collaborate with outside sources on securing production elements related to program.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • US Citizen.
  • Recent graduate (within the past year) of an undergraduate, or graduate program from an accredited school.
  • Recipient of need-based financial assistance for college/university education.
  • 300-word essay on why you should be selected for this fellowship.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations.  We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA.  WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible.  Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


WETA and its subsidiary NewsHour Productions LLC serve local and national public media audiences by producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Through broadcast, digital and community services, the organization offers compelling, diverse programming on five television channels, including primary channel WETA PBS, and on WETA Classical, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation’s capital; produces a portfolio of national television productions, including PBS NewsHour, recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all Americans; creates impactful documentaries with longtime production partners Ken Burns and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features a variety of content offerings on, WETA Passport, the PBS Video App and the WETA Classical App; and serves communities near and far with education and engagement initiatives that contribute to the company’s mission of public service.


Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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