Science and Social Media News Assistant

Posted On: February 12, 2018

Journalism Job

Media Organization: WETA

Company Description

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.

Job Description

Science and Social Media News Assistant
Arlington, VA

The Science & Social Media News Assistant program is designed to give recent college graduates practical science reporting experience in a digital newsroom setting. For this position, we’re looking for creative thinkers with visionary ideas on how to tell science stories using traditional and social media platforms. During their tenure, News Assistants will write at least one science story per week for the NewsHour website, while producing science-based multimedia content for the NewsHour's social media pages. Duties include pitching ideas, assisting in story research and development and reporting original content. Multimedia products may include social videos, gifs, Snap and Instagram stories and more.

News Assistants will also have the opportunity to attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization — including correspondents, producers, and reporters — and have the opportunity to research, interview, and write for the NewsHour‘s Rundown blog. They are also responsible for occasional support staff duties.

Qualified applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree, strong work ethic, effective time management and excellent writing and research skills. Also, they should be familiar with a range of social media platforms, interest in online and/or science journalism and an interest in telling stories using design and graphics. Graphic design, motion graphics, animation or video editing experience, and training in physical, biological or computer sciences a plus.

To Apply

To apply through our online application, please go to to be directed to the careers page at WETA. Please include a cover letter, resume, and clips and/or creative content work samples to be considered.