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

  • OVERVIEW

    2 days per week, $25.00 per day, 2 articles per week, 4 articles per pay period, $100 per 2 week pay period

    As a city commerce reporter, this person is responsible for covering local businesses. This reporter should focus on stories about openings and closures, as well as how businesses in and around East Lansing respond to the city and statewide legislation and related news relevant to the MSU community.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Produces at least two stories a week related to interests and concerns of the East Lansing business community, including their policies and responses to the city and statewide legislation.

    • 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.
    • 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 business related stories, including start-up businesses by MSU students.
    • Talks with sources daily and works with the city editor to help form relationships with sources.
    • 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 in the business community of East Lansing.
    • 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.
    s a week related to entertainment and culture on and around  MSU's campus.
  • Produce at least one of those three weekly stories in a video format, either through Animoto or as a standalone video project with a videographer.
  • Works to find a balance between fun entertainment pieces and more serious critiques of things that influence MSU culture.
  • Works to find the most engaging and interesting stories relating to student interests and concerns while finding the most engaging, interesting, and interactive ways to tell these stories in print and on the web. 
  • Stays well-informed on the happenings on and around campus, determining if events are newsworthy and the best way they should be covered to show multiple student perspectives.
  • 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, Instagram, Facebook when appropriate.
  • Coordinates with photo and design for visuals to accompany stories. 
  • Looks in unique places for entertainment stories, thinking not only of pop culture but other subcultures as well. 
  • Available to pick up breaking news stories when they occur to ensure they are covered as quickly as possible. 
  • Talks with sources daily works with the campus 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 entertainment-related stories, but is not limited to those stories and can also write other types of articles.
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