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Production Assistant, Morning Edition

Washington, District of Columbia, United States DC


Millions of listeners depend on Morning Edition and Up First to set the news agenda that starts their day. We deliver the latest international and national news stories paired with analysis to help put those headlines in context. Morning Edition is also a platform for accountability through interviews with government officials and decision-makers who create or influence policies that affect people’s lives. The show also features culture stories about music, movies, and books that bring joy and provoke thoughtful conversations about who we are in this world.

A Production Assistant at Morning Edition and Up First works various production roles under a tight deadline and in collaboration with a team of producers, editors, and hosts that bring a live, radio show to air including a podcast, a newsletter and digital stories every weekday.

A Production Assistant will be assigned to mix audio stories, isolate or pull soundbites, dub or record audio, cut down interviews, and assemble other various elements for the show or podcast. They may also be assigned to help reporters and guests call into the show for live and taped interviews. This includes gathering all contact information, making wake-up calls, and guiding guests and reporters through technical set-ups. A Production Assistant is trained to operate small recording studios for taping interviews with guests or recording narration with staff. Some editorial tasks that a Production Assistant may be assigned include writing show scripts or digital copy under the guidance of an editor.

Morning Edition and Up First is a 24/6 news operation. The schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. ET. Broadcast news operations take place on holidays. On occasion, this person may be asked to temporarily change their schedule to cover other shifts or special reporting assignments.

This is a union-represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA. 


  • Cuts, edits and mixes audio, including host interviews and reporter pieces
  • Helps guests and journalists connect to the show for live or taped interviews
  • Helps prepare scripts and other copy material with editorial oversight including  show opens, intros, returns, tape and copy elements, interview briefs for hosts, billboards, and more
  • Works under tight deadlines and reacts to breaking news
  • Helps produce the Up First podcast with editorial and production assistance 
  • Trains peers who are onboarding or learning new production skills
  • Writes and produces radio and digital stories as assigned or pitched

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.


  • One year of experience working in a newsroom setting, which may include a college newspaper newsroom or at an internship.
  • Ability to work 12 a.m. to  8:30 a.m. E.T., in person, on site at NPR’s Washington D.C. studios
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience writing copy or stories for a news platform such as a news radio or TV station, a news website, newsletter, etc.


  • Experience with audio production and mixing techniques 
  • Experience writing broadcast news copy and stories
  • Proficiency in another language other than English
  • Digital news production experience
  • Ability and willingness to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience


  • On-site: This is an on-site role based in Washington, DC.


  • AP Style news writing skills
  • Professional, workplace communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Organizational and prioritization skills


  • This is a full-time, non-exempt position.


Hourly Range: The U.S.-based anticipated hourly range for this opportunity is $32.45 - $36.06 plus benefits. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

Benefits: NPR offers access to comprehensive benefits for employees and dependents. Regular, full-time employees scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in NPR’s benefits options. Benefits include access to health and wellness, paid time off, and financial well-being. Plan options include medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and voluntary retirement savings for all eligible NPR employees. 

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