News Assistant

WETA | Arlington, Virginia


The News Assistant program is designed to give recent college graduates practical experience in a broadcast news setting.  

Job Summary

During their tenure, News Assistants are exposed to many aspects of producing a nightly television news program.  Over the course of the program, the News Assistant may have the opportunity to rotate through any or all of the areas of field shoots, research, logging, newsdesk, and online.


  • Researching stories and potential interview subjects.
  • Assisting producers on field shoots.
  • Completing general duties associated with the newsdesk.
  • Logging video feeds.
  • Contributing to digital content and online post-production.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Knowledge of PBS NewsHour’s journalistic style
  • Demonstrated interest in journalism and/or television production
  • Strong work ethic, effective time management, professional phone manner and solid administrative skills

How to Apply

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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.