Broadcast News Assistant

BY Human Resources  July 22, 2015 at 11:11 AM EST

ROLLING APPLICATION PROCESS — NO STRICT DEADLINE

Broadcast News Assistant duration: six-month term. Location: Arlington, Virginia.

The News Assistant position is an entry-level program designed for recent graduates and aimed at providing practical experience in a broadcast news setting. The News Assistants are exposed to all aspects involved in producing a nightly television news program. News Assistants must apply for unit-specific positions detailed below. In addition to their daily duties, News Assistants attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization, including correspondents, producers, and reporters.

 

NEWS ASSISTANT UNITS                                       DUTIES

FOREIGN AFFAIRS The Foreign Affairs News Assistant performs a variety of duties for the Foreign Affairs unit, including providing basic research, finding and pre-interviewing guests, logging feeds, and aiding reporters, producers, and correspondents.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS The National Affairs News Assistant performs a variety of duties for the National Affairs unit, including providing basic research, finding and pre-interviewing guests, logging feeds, and aiding reporters, producers and correspondents.
POLITICS The Politics News Assistant performs a variety of duties for the Politics unit, including providing basic research, finding and pre-interviewing guests, logging feeds, and aiding reporters, producers and correspondents.
PRODUCTION The Production News Assistants will work three of four rotations for two months at a time. Those rotations include:

Logging: Logs and manages incoming feeds from the Associated Press Television Network (APTN), logs press conferences and hearings as needed and conduct research for long-term projects by compiling dossiers for anchors, producers and reporters. During the evening, this assistant aids in script production and sits in the studio to assist the anchors.

Newsdesk: Primarily responsible for providing general coverage in the newsroom, logging news feeds, answering phones, tracking tape stock, distributing information, fact-checking all script and tape information before air. This assistant will also be required to write stories for The Rundown blog.

Digital Library: Responsible for maintaining our tape and digital libraries, ingesting video and providing additional assistance in the edit and tape rooms, among other duties. During the evening, this News Assistant helps with script production and sits in the control room to assist the directors.

Shooting: Assists the videography team with any needs on daily shoots, including logistic preparations, audio and video setup. During the evening, this News Assistant helps with script production.

QUALIFICATIONS:
– Bachelor’s degree.
– Good writing and research skills.
– Demonstrated interest in journalism and/or television production.
– Pleasant phone manner and good administrative skills.
– Strong work ethic and effective time management.
– Knowledge of PBS NewsHour‘s journalistic style.
– Prior experience in a broadcast news setting is strongly preferred.

The News Assistant position pays $13 an hour with overtime eligibility. As it is a temporary position, we are unable to provide health benefits.

To apply, please send the following to the Broadcast News Assistant Coordinator via email (preferred) or ground mail.

(1) Desk Assistant Application (available as a PDF or as a Word document)
(2) Cover letter
(3) Resume

Gretchen Frazee
Broadcast News Assistant Coordinator
gfrazee(at)newshour.org

PBS NewsHour
3620 27th Street South
Arlington, VA 22206

Candidates must have valid authorization per DHS form I-9 regulations to work for any employer within the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available.

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