The State News
  • East Lansing, MI, USA
  • $32.00
  • Day
  • Undergraduate Student Employment

OVERVIEW

5 days a week, $32.00 per day, $320 per 2 week pay-period

The culture desk editor is responsible for guiding The State News' culture-related content. Daily tasks include guiding culture reporters through the reporting and writing process, editing and publishing culture-related stories, acting as a bridge between reporters and newsroom leadership, and ensuring the lifestyle writer has a clear, unique perspective in their opinion pieces. A great desk editor not only manages their reporters but serves them as well.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for guiding all culture desk coverage published in print and on the web.
  • Ensures all reporters meet their individual weekly content goals and that interests and concerns with campus culture are being covered by reporters. 
  • Works to strike a balance between light-hearted feature pieces on entertainment and more serious long-form pieces on-campus culture and its effect on the subcultures of MSU.
  • Works with reporters, photo and design to brainstorm visuals for stories on the web and in print. 
  • Brainstorms unique ways to tell campus stories with desk reporters and other editors and considers alternative story formats, interactives, infographics, video, etc.
  • Assigns stories and works with reporters to flesh out story ideas for print and web publication. 
  • Works with editors and reporters when breaking news happens to ensure it is covered and someone gets to the scene as quickly as possible. 
  • Works closely with other editors to ensure story ideas are not being pursued by multiple reporters.
  • Keeps an eye out for breaking news and responds accordingly.
  • Ensures reporters are connected to and staying informed with happenings in and around MSU and provides reporters with suggestions and resources for doing so.
  • Edits culture articles on a daily basis, considering the article's flow, sentence structure, and compliance with grammar and AP style standards.
  • Works with the copy chief to ensure each article is copy-checked before being published.
  • Attends daily budget meetings to schedule articles to be published online based on budget meeting conversations.
  • Attends weekly editorial board meetings and contributes ideas for editorials and their personal opinion on editorial topics.
  • Attends weekly development meetings to provide updates on the progress of stories and projects related to the culture desk.
  • Understands what content is being produced at The State News and makes recommendations on where coverage could be strengthened or expanded upon.
  • Present on paper production days to oversee culture desk content going in the paper and to help edit pages before they're sent off to print.
  • Meets regularly with the editor-in-chief to keep them updated on progress and any potential problems or concerns.
  • Helps ensure breaking news is covered quickly and effectively and edits breaking news stories as needed.
  • Understands the importance of working outside business hours to respond to breaking news.
  • Works with reporters to set story deadlines and accountability measures to communicate with culture reporters and newsroom leadership about when each article is ready to be edited and published.
  • Maintains regular newsroom office hours as assigned by the editor-in-chief.
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