Full Time Job

Desk Assistant, Nightly News

NBC News

New York, NY 02-09-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Entry (0-2 years) Experience
Job Description


As a desk assistant, you will play an integral role in providing editorial and administrative support to senior staff, producers and correspondents on a daily basis.

• Assist producers with story development
• Book and conduct pre-interviews
• Log interviews and gather visual elements for story production
• Help with control room duties during broadcast (building banners, chryons, and tape buckets)
• Format script pages by marking and labeling cues for graphics and taped elements
• Print script pages and coordinate distribution of scripts to anchor and control room staff
• Track trending stories and provide updates to Nightly

team accordingly
• Assist with variety of Nightly Digital responsibilities
• Edit and/or convert segments for publishing on the Nightly News website
• Conduct archival searches for stories
• Pitch and develop original story ideas for the broadcast
• Manage multiple projects with varying deadlines
• Other responsibilities may change depending on breaking news and scheduling
• Willingness and availability to work additional hours, at short notice as needed, for breaking news to help update the broadcast


• Bachelor's degree
• At least one year professional network news experience, either with a program, bureau or assignment desk
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments while under extreme deadlines, flexible regarding work schedules, must be able to work holidays

Desired Characteristics

Desired Characteristics:
• Excellent time management skills
• Team player
• Strong knowledge and interest in news and current events
• Strong journalistic writing skills, research skills, and editorial judgment
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Proficiency in non-linear editing systems, such as Final Cut Pro, Avid, etc.
• Knowledge of NBC News programs, on-air correspondents, policies, guidelines and practices