Job Description:

Archive Specialist

Full-time, Regular, Exempt




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.



PBS NewsHour is searching for an Archive Specialist to support the archival management of all PBS NewsHour’s media assets, including show recordings, production masters, field footage, and news feeds and acquired video in both digital and tape formats. In this role, you’ll work with the Media Assets team to ensure that all digitalization efforts are met. This is a collaborative role for someone who is resourceful, highly detail-oriented, and organized.



 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 be able to identify, locate, collect, verify and organize media assets with confidence for your team and stakeholders. 



You’ll leverage your knowledge of TV news footage, the NewsHour’s data and video management platforms and our broadcast production workflows to track, cull, archive, restore and research myriad types of footage. You’ll consistently collaborate with your Media Assets team to maintain a complex system of current and archived media flow. You will also efficiently and patiently work with producers, engineers and editors across WETA and the NewsHour to meet requests for footage, ensure that those parties are delivering on standard operating procedures and address any impediments to smooth operation of the overall system. 



  • Experience with digital libraries/archives.
  • Strong understanding of tape and digital file media formats.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; minimum 5 years’ experience in television news moving image and archives; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Crystal-clear communication, both in writing and in person.
  • Forward-thinking, with an ability to anticipate and prepare for changing uses of archived information.


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


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.

Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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