Broadcast Desk Assistant Broadcast Desk Assistant

PBS NewsHour PBS NewsHour

Location Arlington, VA
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Pay Rate $13/hr.
Contact Information [email protected]


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

The Desk Assistant (DA) position is an entry-level program designed for recent graduates and 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 Desk Assistants hired will work in three different units for a period of two months each. They also act as support staff for Senior Producers, Associate Producers, Reporter-Producers and Production Assistants by answering phones, sorting mail, distributing papers 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 effective time management. – KNowledge of PBS NewsHour‘s journalistic style. – Prior experience in a broadcast news setting is strongly preferred. How To Apply: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and completed DA application (available at to Zachary Treu at [email protected]