Posted: June 24, 2024

Lifestyle Production Assistant

Website abc27News Nexstar Media Inc / WHTM-TV abc27

Your Local News Source

WHTM abc27, a prominent member of Nexstar Media Group, is excited to offer a full-time opportunity for a dynamic and talented Production Assistant to join our Good Day PA team. Located in Harrisburg, PA, we proudly operate in DMA 43 and produce the only lifestyle show in the region. The Production Assistant will play a vital role in delivering high-quality news and special programming, leveraging expertise in cameras, audio, and graphics to create compelling linear television and digital content. This position also offers a growth path toward directing roles.

Essential Duties:

  • Daily Production: Assist with the production of our lifestyle program, news broadcasts, and special projects.
  • Guest Coordination: Greet lifestyle guests and manage props and appearances.
  • Segment Support: Help prepare and write segments for the show.
  • Studio Management: Set up and maintain the studio for newscasts and other shows.
  • Live and Taped Event Support:
    • Perform various studio tasks during live newscasts and taped events, including:
      • Operating the prompter and cameras.
      • Floor directing during live and recorded programs.
      • Managing on-air graphics in real time.
  • Growth Opportunities: Develop skills to become a backup producer.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Other duties as assigned.


  • A BS/BA from an accredited four-year university or high school diploma with relevant work experience is preferred.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Detail-Oriented: Ability to manage details meticulously and independently.
  • Driven Personality: Strong goal-setting and achieving mindset.
  • Communication Skills: Exceptional verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Deadline Management: Capable of thriving under deadline pressures.
  • Technical Proficiency: Prefer experience with Ross Video Tools, including Xpression, and non-linear editing.
  • Attention to Detail: A keen eye for detail is essential.
  • Pressure Management: Ability to handle the high-pressure environment of live production.
  • Team Interaction: Effective collaboration with video journalists, anchors, videographers, news managers, production, and engineering staff.
  • Organizational Skills: Strong organizational and multitasking abilities.
  • Flexible Schedule: Position may require working nights and/or weekends.

Additional Info:

  • Work Environment: High-stress environment with deadline pressures, requiring day-to-day multitasking and managing multiple projects with frequent changes in direction and priority.
  • Note: This job description outlines the basic requirements for the position and is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities; other duties may be assigned.
  • About the Region: Harrisburg, PA, the state capital, offers a rich blend of historical significance and modern amenities. Nestled in the heart of the Susquehanna Valley, Harrisburg boasts a vibrant cultural scene, diverse dining options, and a variety of outdoor activities. Its central location provides easy access to major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., making it an ideal spot for those who enjoy both urban and scenic environments.
  • Application Process: Interested candidates should apply online at Nexstar.tv. Please include a resume and cover letter detailing your experience and why you are the ideal fit for this position.

Join WHTM abc27 and become part of the vibrant Harrisburg community while advancing your career with Nexstar Media Group, one of the nation’s leading media companies. We look forward to receiving your application!

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