Job Description:

The Data Science & Digital Media News Assistant program is designed to give recent college graduates practical reporting experience in a digital newsroom setting. For this position, we’re looking for creative thinkers with visionary ideas on how to tell stories using traditional and social media platforms that will engage audiences while also improving data literacy. This is a one-year long position.

During their tenure, News Assistants will write at least one STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) story per week for the NewsHour website, while producing multimedia content for the NewsHour's social media pages. This person will also work with NewsHour staff and their research partners to develop innovative ways to improve adults’ statistical literacy through journalism. Duties include pitching ideas, assisting in story research and reporting and producing original content. Multimedia products may include social videos, gifs, and Instagram stories and more.

News Assistants will also have the opportunity to attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization — including correspondents, producers, and reporters — and have the opportunity to research, interview, and write for the PBS NewsHour’s website. They are also responsible for occasional support staff duties.


  • Proven ability to be innovative and think creatively
  • Interest in online and/or science journalism
  • Training in mathematics or data journalism a plus
  • Familiarity with a range of social media platforms
  • Graphic design, motion graphics, animation or video editing experience a plus
  • Strong work ethic and effective time management
  • Excellent writing and research skills


  • Bachelor’s degree

Please include a cover letter, resume, and clips and/or creative content samples to be considered.

Job Location: 
Washington , DC
United States
Job Category: 
Friday, September 27, 2019
Job Type: 
Full time
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Cover Letters can be addressed to:

Gretchen Frazee
Deputy Digital Editor

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