Job Description:

Gwen Ifill/PBS NewsHour Journalism Fellow

Department: PBS NewsHour

Supervisor: Associate Producer, Broadcast

Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Summer Temporary

This 10-week PBS NewsHour summer fellowship was created in honor of award-winning anchor, reporter, and author Gwen Ifill, the former PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor and Washington Week moderator and managing editor.  The Fellow participates in the development and production of the PBS NewsHour. Primary responsibilities as assigned by the Producer, Broadcast will be to: research national, international, and political news stories; gather editorial information and video elements; cover live events; generate story ideas; copy edit; assist with video editing; and produce broadcast and web content.


  • 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.


  • Excellent writing and research skills.
  • Demonstrated interested in journalism and/or television production.
  • Knowledge of various research sources with particular emphasis on using the web as a research tool.
  • Professional phone manner and solid administrative skills.
  • Strong work ethic and effective time management.
  • Knowledge of PBS NewsHour’s journalistic style.


Note that this position is funded by the Washington Press Club Foundation with the following eligibility criteria for applicants:

  • US Citizen.
  • Current Undergraduate or Graduate student enrolled and in good standing at a college/university as of January 1, 2020, who will not be graduating in May 2020.
  • Proof of academic achievement in college/university.
  •  Recipient of need-based financial assistance for college/university education.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with your academic and/or journalism work.
  • Autobiographical essay to be no longer than 400 words.

Application Deadline: May 1

This is a paid summer fellowship

Due to COVID-19, responsibilities may be assigned and completed remotely. 

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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
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