Production Assistant, Washington Week and Weekend NewsHour

Full-time, Regular

Reports to: EP, Washington Week & Weekend NewsHour


We are hiring a Production Assistant (PA) to support the work of the three national news programs we produce at WETA: PBS NewsHour, Washington Week and Weekend NewsHour. As our PA, you’ll provide a diverse range of writing, research, editing, video production, and reporting services.

This position requires weekend work.


You’ll get to know your team and the wider organization, and how each group functions independently as well as part of the whole. You’ll learn our fast-paced work style while establishing key relationships with colleagues.


Using media asset management tools, online web research, and video editing programs, you’ll provide production assistance to producers and teams creating our three news broadcasts. You’ll be able to accurately log live, pre-recorded events and maintain our video log tracking system, understanding how to sort most relevant editorial information using independent editorial judgment and working in collaboration with other staffers.


  • Introductory experience with television broadcast and online journalism, including writing, editing, producing video.
  • Experience in daily broadcast journalism and production, preferably for a national outlet.
  • Demonstrated interest and awareness of political and other national news is a must.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced newsroom setting and to adjust smoothly to changing assignments under deadline pressure.

Proof of full dosage of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all positions that will be working onsite, or may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite.


  • Comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Generous 403(B) employer match
  • Free parking
  • Holiday and paid leave programs
  • Tuition reimbursement


With roots in public service journalism beginning in 1973, the PBS NewsHour today is on a mission to bring balanced, in-depth news coverage to all. Innovative and fast-paced, life at the NewsHour is focused on collaboration, trust, and above all, enterprising important, considered news. NewsHour is unique in that the team is small and tight-knit, and must accomplish what no other daily news organization does: be the gold-standard of reporting for a nightly, hour-long broadcast, and to crucial digital platforms.

You’ll enjoy working at the NewsHour if you enjoy contributing to meaningful reporting, working on small teams in which your ideas are not just valued but vital, and pushing yourself to grow your skills every day.

We know there are great candidates who may have skills we haven’t thought about. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities.

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.