The State News
  • East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Stipend $20 per day
  • Per Visit
  • Undergraduate Student Employment



2 days per week, 2 articles per week, 4 articles per pay period (every 2 weeks)  

$80 per pay period

Staff reporters will rotate through The State News' various desks and will have the chance to write about a variety of topics.


  • Produces at least two stories a week related to the assigned desk. Staff reporters have the opportunity to rotate through the campus, city, sports, and culture desks.
  • Reports to the Managing Editor and to the editor of the desk they're assigned ' this will change based on the rotations.
  • Works to find the most engaging and interesting stories related to the assigned desk while finding the most engaging, interesting, and interactive ways to tell these stories in print and web.
  • Thinks of the best ways to tell these stories in print ' examples include ASF's, graphics, etc. With print being a weekly product, stories should focus on overall trends and reflections.
  • Thinks of the best ways to tell these stories on the web ' examples include slideshows, graphics, interactive, charts, graphs, video, audio, podcasts, etc.
  • Covers events with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram when appropriate.
  • Coordinates with photo and design for visuals to accompany stories.
  • Looks in unique places for stories.
  • Works with editors and fellow reporters when breaking news happens to ensure it is covered and someone gets to the scene as quickly as possible. 
  • Stays well-informed on the happenings related to MSU's campus, East Lansing and MSU sports.
  • Maintains journalistic ethics and social media ethics.
  • Creates stories that are informative, interesting, fair, and accurate.
  • Maintains regular newsroom office hours as assigned by the editor-in-chief.
  • Primarily responsible for writing stories related to their desk, but can communicate with the managing editor if they have desks they're drawn to.
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