Jim Lehrer Fellow, PBS NewsHour
Full-Time, Non-exempt; 1-year project
Reports to: Senior Coordinating Broadcast Producer
This one-year fellowship was created in honor of award-winning anchor, reporter, author, Jim Lehrer, co-founder of PBS NewsHour. The Fellow participates in the development and production of the PBS NewsHour. For six months, the Fellow will be dedicated to daily production of the NewsHour, with primary responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Broadcast Coordinating Producer including research, gathering editorial information and video elements; copy editing; and assisting with scripts. For another six months, the Fellow will work closely with digital and broadcast reporters and producers, shadowing them on story assignments, including in the field, and assisting with research, pitching, reporting and production of stories that will be published on the PBS Newshour's website and aired on the PBS NewsHour's nightly show.
- Participate in the development and production of PBS NewsHour:
- Research issues and prepare background information for news segments.
- Produce video, sound and graphic elements that may include package production. Log and archive video feeds, maintain production notes and assist with editing.
- Organize scripts for live, daily broadcasts.
- Work with the web producer to produce content for the PBS NewsHour Rundown blog:
- Create web content and features including but not limited to interviews, podcasts, web chats, etc.
- Collaborate with outside sources on securing production elements related to program.
- Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.
- US Citizen.
- Recent graduate (within the past year) of an undergraduate, or graduate program from an accredited school.
- Recipient of need-based financial assistance for college/university education.
- 300-word essay on why you should be selected for this fellowship.
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