Job Description:

News Desk Operations Editor

Full-time, Regular, Exempt

Reports to: Senior Production Manager


We’re looking to hire an energetic, detail-oriented individual for our Production team, with strong technical and editorial skills. In this role, you will manage the acquisition and recording of all incoming video content for the PBS NewsHour. You will work closely with both editorial and production staffs, keeping abreast of breaking news around the world.  You’ll also be responsible for overseeing ENG crew operations, logistical planning, along with developing and implementing strategies, systems and process for effective, efficient and smooth operation of the assignment desk.


You’re able to multi-task in stressful situations, yet stay calm and collected. You think outside the box when problem solving and have a backup plan always ready. You understand how we do things and have suggested improvements to make workflows easier.

You are a resource to NewsHour staff, supporting both broadcast and digital teams in acquiring footage for show segments, livestreams, clips posted on-line and via social media platforms - all while alerting production teams of rights restrictions for incoming footage. You have a strong knowledge of ingest and assigning metadata, along with the ability to work with technicians to trouble-shoot issues to ensure producers have access to video materials.

You keep a pulse on news events, and developments at the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and other federal agencies and are the go-to person for securing credentials and access. You’ll create/distribute a daily daybook of key events to the news director and editorial staff.

Your attention to detail will be integral in logistics planning. You’ll be the point person for ENG field shoots, responsible for following union requirements, creating the schedule, crew calls, monitoring overtime, and meal penalties. You’re a team player, ready to jump in to help wherever needed, including filling in as Production Manager and working on special projects.


  • 3 years newsroom, television, broadcast, or equivalent experience.
  • Flexibility to work nights as required (with breaking news).
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and relationship building skills.
  • Demonstrated strong news judgement.
  • Technical knowledge of broadcast equipment; video cameras; digital asset management; social media tools and ability to quickly troubleshoot and solve technical issues under tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with AVID, iNews, ScheduALL, Adobe Premier, and video production preferred.


  • 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.

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.

Job Location: 
Washington , DC
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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