The State News
  • East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Stipend $28 per day
  • Day
  • Undergraduate Student Employment

OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

3 days per week, 3 articles per week

$168 per pay period

The senior athletics reporter is responsible for covering MSU's various sports teams. This reporter will write stories primarily about MSU's official sports, excluding football while assisting the sports desk editor with editing and publishing sports-related content.  As senior athletics reporter, this person will be the first point of contact if sports-related breaking news should occur and should be available to either cover or delegate said story more often than not.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Produces or edits at least three stories a week related to MSU various sports teams, looking for diverse and unique angles. 
  • Produces at least one of those three weekly stories in a video format, either through Animoto or as a standalone video project with a videographer OR ensures one of the pieces edited has a video complement.
  • 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.
  • Develops source relationships by talking with sources weekly to ensure The State News stays in the loop with sports-related news.
  • 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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