Full Time Job

News Assistant / Production Assistant, Weekend Edition


Washington, DC 11-01-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Entry (0-2 years) Experience
Job Description

NPR is seeking an entry-level journalist to serve as a News Assistant or Production Assistant on Weekend Edition and for the weekend version of Up First, NPR's daily news podcast. Weekends are special, and NPR's Weekend Edition digs in to the news of the week with a distinctive, thoughtful approach.

A News/Production Assistant assists in generating story ideas and producing program material for hosts, producers/editors, reporters and other contributors to Weekend Edition. Strong research, writing, and communications skills are essential, both for audio and digital/social platforms. This is a fast paced, deadline driven environment where quality journalism comes first.

This position is based in Washington, DC, and may require occasional travel.

The position that is offered will be based on the selected candidate's experience.

• Stays current with major stories and regularly pitches ideas for interviews and pieces
• Edits audio for air
• Conducts research and assists in arranging interviews, by booking guests and handling associated logistics
• Pre-interviews guests and prepares research material for hosts
• Drafts host copy, including but not limited to, scripts, billboards, tape and copy elements
• Gathers news, and interacts with audience (as necessary and assigned), through relevant social media platforms
• Goes on location (solo, or with hosts or reporters) and prepares/files material for air/publication
• Works various shifts, as assigned
• Performs other duties as assigned, including possibility of newsroom rotations to support other NPR news magazines, newscast unit, news gathering desks, programming or other editorial teams as required.

• Builds sections of program by editing, scripting and linking two or more related pieces, music and other elements


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience demonstrating a proven interest in journalism.

• Ability to edit audio on digital editing systems
• Ability to collect, organize and disseminate information effectively through standard show workflow and protocols
• Strong research skills across legacy and new media data sources
• Demonstrated ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
• Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
• Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer

• At least one year experience in broadcasting
• At least one year experience in news journalism
• Ability to handle more than one assignment at a time, ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively
• Demonstrated writing ability with emphasis on clarity, economy of phrase and a strong grasp of the rules of grammar

• Experience in radio broadcasting.
• Fluency in multiple languages
• Experience producing in and operating digital audio self-op facilities
• Digital media skills, including proficiency in social media as a tool for topic research, news-gathering and audience interaction

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d9894m-54-80-173-217-42 in your application.

Company Profile

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human.