The State News
  • East Lansing, MI, USA
  • $25.00
  • Day
  • Undergraduate Student Employment


2 days per week, 2 articles per week

$100 per pay period

An athletics general assignment reporter is responsible for writing articles related to MSU's various sports. This reporter will write stories primarily on non-revenue varsity sports, club sports, and IM sports, but this reporter is able to write other sports-related stories on campus.


  • Produces at least two stories a week related to MSU various non-varsity sports teams, looking for diverse and unique angles.
  • Works to find the most engaging and interesting stories while finding the most engaging, interesting and interactive ways to tell these stories in print and on the 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 via social media with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram when appropriate. 
  • Coordinates with photo and design for visuals to accompany stories. 
  • Looks in unique places for stories, finds a balance between serious profile pieces, light-hearted stories, and visual coverage.
  • Works with the 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 of MSU sports and is connected with active groups.
  • Talks with sources daily and works with the sports editor to help form relationships with sources.
  • 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 sports stories, but is not limited to those stories and can also write other types of articles.
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