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


5 days per week

$320 per pay period

The sports desk editor is responsible for guiding The State News' sports-related content. Daily tasks include guiding sports reporters through the reporting and writing process, editing and publishing sports stories, and acting as a bridge between reporters and newsroom leadership. A great desk editor not only manages their reporters but serves them as well.


  • Responsible for guiding all sport-related coverage published in print and on the web.
  • Ensures all reporters meet their individual weekly content goals and that sport-related interests and concerns that relate to the MSU community are being covered by reporters. 
  • Works to keep a balanced mix of game stories and feature stories to ensure The State News has diverse sports-related coverage.
  • Works with reporters, photo and design to brainstorm visuals for stories on the web and in print.
  • Brainstorms unique ways to tell sports stories with desk reporters and other editors, actively considering alternative story formats such as interactives, infographics, video, etc.
  • Assigns stories and works with reporters to flesh out story ideas for print and web publication. 
  • Works with other editors when breaking news occurs 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 related to campus coverage, and responds accordingly.
  • Coordinates with the audience engagement editor to ensure stories are being socialized into all of The State News's social media accounts in a timely manner.
  • Ensures reporters are connected to and staying informed with beats and happenings on campus and provides reporters with suggestions and resources for doing so. 
  • Edits sports-related 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.


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