Production Assistant, Segment Unit

PBS NewsHour | Washington, DC

Job Summary

PBS NewsHour is seeking a passionate Production Assistant who will be responsible for providing a diverse range of writing, research, editing, production, and tracking services to support the work of the PBS NewsHour. 

Responsibilities

  • Prepare news material and news feeds for compilation and to produce compilations exercising independent judgment.
  • Research and fulfill video requests for PBS NewsHour producers.  Acquire footage and create footage logs for Correspondents, Producers, and Reporter-Producers.  Back up Assignment Editor on a rotating basis.
  • Assist in covering breaking news and in writing for broadcast news summary. 
  • Field produce interviews or shoot video on site, outside the office, with various cameras and edit video of news stories, interviews, and news summaries.
  • Write scripts and gather video for day-of-air segments 
  • Edit and duplicate video for clients, guests, and others, as necessary, using editing programs, such as Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.  Provide production assistance.
  • Log video recordings, maintain video log tracking system, and manage on-site and off-site video storage.  Aid in maintenance of video library.
  • Represent company and interact with NHP clients, taking and fulfilling orders for video. Assist the news desk to route video.
  • Monitor and log incoming video offerings from sources including APTN, Reuters, ITN and ABC NewsOne.  Source and timecode video material for daily stories.
  • Contribute to online Rundown blog and/or online video projects as assigned.
  • Assist producers/production team to ensure stories ready for air, including editing stories for the show’s rundown for time and order, overseeing graphics and video cues, and producing and distributing the show’s script.
  • Coordinate with WNET and PBS NewsHour Weekend on weekly promotional clips.
  • Assist Managing Producer in variety of tasks as assigned.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Prepare news material and news feeds for compilation and to produce compilations exercising independent judgment.
  • Research and fulfill video requests for PBS NewsHour producers.  Acquire footage and create footage logs for Correspondents, Producers, and Reporter-Producers.  Back up Assignment Editor on a rotating basis.
  • Assist in covering breaking news and in writing for broadcast news summary. 
  • Field produce interviews or shoot video on site, outside the office, with various cameras and edit video of news stories, interviews, and news summaries.
  • Write scripts and gather video for day-of-air segments 
  • Edit and duplicate video for clients, guests, and others, as necessary, using editing programs, such as Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.  Provide production assistance.
  • Log video recordings, maintain video log tracking system, and manage on-site and off-site video storage.  Aid in maintenance of video library.
  • Represent company and interact with NHP clients, taking and fulfilling orders for video. Assist the news desk to route video.
  • Monitor and log incoming video offerings from sources including APTN, Reuters, ITN and ABC NewsOne.  Source and timecode video material for daily stories.
  • Contribute to online Rundown blog and/or online video projects as assigned.
  • Assist producers/production team to ensure stories ready for air, including editing stories for the show’s rundown for time and order, overseeing graphics and video cues, and producing and distributing the show’s script.
  • Coordinate with WNET and PBS NewsHour Weekend on weekly promotional clips.
  • Assist Managing Producer in variety of tasks as assigned.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.

Requirements/Other

  • College degree in journalism, communications, political science, or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Introductory experience with broadcast and online journalism, including writing, editing, and shooting preferred. 
  • Experience with nonlinear editing programs desirable.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply

PBS NewsHour is a wholly-owned, non-profit subsidiary of WETA. For a full job description or to apply through our online application, please to be directed to the careers page at WETA. To confirm that a WETA or PBS NewsHour job posting is under recruitment, please visit our websites for our current job postings list: and .

WETA is an equal employment opportunity employer.  WETA does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

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