Broadcast Desk Assistant

Posted On: October 1, 2012

Journalism Job

Media Organization: PBS NewsHour

Company Description

For 35 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to MacNeil/Lehrer Productions for the solid, reliable reporting that has made the PBS NewsHour one of the most trusted news programs in television.

Job Description

The Desk Assistant (DA) position is part of a six-month entry-level program aimed at providing practical experience in a broadcast news setting. The DAs are exposed to all aspects involved in producing a nightly television news program. Desk Assistant duties are rotational among the different units that compose the NewsHour.

Over the course of the program, each of the 8 Desk Assistants hired will work in 3 different units for a period of two months each. They also act as support staff for Senior Producers, Associate Producers, Reporters and Production Assistants, by answering phones, sorting mail, distributing paper and other administrative tasks. Finally, Desk Assistants will attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization including correspondents, producers, and reporters.

To Apply

To apply, please visit:

Send the following to the Desk Assistant Coordinator via email (preferred) or ground mail.


-Cover letter

-Application (downloadable as a Microsoft Word document)

Jason Villemez
Desk Assistant Coordinator

The PBS NewsHour
3620 S. 27th Street
Arlington, VA 22206