Freelance Designers

PBS Newshour is looking for freelancers with strong information graphics and storytelling skills to support our Broadcast Design team. We are looking for a who specializes in motion graphics and animation. They will gather information and illustrative material, including stills, for the creation of graphic content for the PBS Newshour. They will work with, producers, journalists and control room personnel on a daily basis to ensure their graphic needs are delivered to a high standard.


  • Work with, producers, journalists and control room personnel on a daily basis to ensure their graphic needs are supplied across multiple platforms.
  • Produce quick turnaround graphics for major live news events, like debates, speeches etc.
  • Develop original work and build animated and still graphics for local and national television productions including programs (opens, packaging elements), interstitial materials (campaigns, tune-in promos and key art).
  • Keep abreast of technologies as they apply to motion graphics, digital technology and graphic design; and recommend design tools for generating and executing design work.
  • Provide feedback to producers and participate in editing and post production sessions to ensure that design is properly placed and executed.
  • Takes initiative on projects and delivers new and innovative solutions to tell stories.
  • Responsible for archiving all program graphics
  • Maintaining accurate work and billing hours and other financial records.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of and ability to use graphic design, animation, postproduction, and editing tools.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of computer technology to efficiently accomplish tasks. Extensive knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and Blender. Cinema 4D is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully perform in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures.
  • Excellent typographic and compositional skills.
  • Self-motivated, task-oriented and able to work within a team.
  • Able to receive and give constructive feedback in a collaborative environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to interact with a wide variety of people using diplomacy, tact and discretion.

Education and Experience

  • College degree in fine arts, graphic design, or related field, comparable degree from an art institute, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two (2) plus years’ experience. Ability to use in Mac and PC. Experience with Chyron a Plus.