Senior Editor, Digital Politics

PBS NewsHour
Washington D.C.
Apr 12, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time


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.


The NewsHour is expanding our coverage for the 2020 election. We are seeking a talented, ambitious political journalist to lead our online political coverage and collaborate closely with our political coverage on broadcast.   The Senior Editor will be the team leader for NewsHour’s expanding content online and on social media, guiding content creation, innovation and daily and special events coverage, and also a senior member of the NewsHour’s editorial team covering the election.

This role will be based at PBS NewsHour’s headquarters in Shirlington, VA and will include travel as needed, especially to major political events, including conventions and debates.


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 establish key relationships with your peers, while being exposed to executives through participation in editorial planning meetings. You’ll contribute to enterprising and breaking news, features, and analysis reporting for the website starting on day one, and by day 30 you can expect to see your bylines on a variety of digital platforms.


You are regularly contributing to both breaking and longer-form, in-depth news reporting. You bring a vibrancy and terrific ideas to pitch meetings. You get kudos from not only your immediate team, but from others throughout the organization for your ability to connect as well as to get the job done. You’ve developed trust with executive leadership. And you have grown your own skills and can point to evidence in your improved reporting.


You possess:

  • Senior level experience managing political content for digital outlet with a national audience.
  • Senior level experience covering presidential campaign(s) and other high profile political coverage.
  • Impeccable writing skills.
  • Experience contributing and coordinating text and video content to digital publication and social media.
  • A knack for pitching irresistible stories.
  • The relentlessness needed to chase down a lead.
  • At least eight (8) years’ experience in broadcast and/or digital journalism, including high quality video production and covering arts for a major publication, digital, or television outlet.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.


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

This is a full time, but temporary position with an anticipated end date of on or about February 28, 2021.

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