Broadcast Desk Assistant

Posted On: April 2, 2013

Paid Journalism Internship

Media Organization: PBS NewsHour

Company Description

The PBS NewsHour is a television news program broadcast internationally each week night. For 30 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. This position is divided into rotations among the different units that compose the NewsHour: research, newsroom, tape library, reporting, and production. Over the course of the program, each of the 8 Desk Assistants hired will work in 3 of the 6 different rotations 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.

-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 efficient work habits
-Knowledge of The PBS NewsHour’s journalistic style

To Apply

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

(1) Application

(2) Cover letter

(3) Resume

Sarah McHaney
Desk Assistant Coordinator

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

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