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


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

    The state government reporter is responsible for covering news related to the Michigan state government as it relates to the MSU community. This reporter will meet with state legislators and follow the governor's office, staying up to date on statewide news.


  • Produces at least two stories a week related to interests and concerns of the East Lansing community, with a focus on statewide legislation that affects the MSU and/or East Lansing communities and state election coverage deemed newsworthy for our audience.

  • Present during election night coverage to help analyze and report results from a state-based perspective in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for piecing together a 'Weekly Whitmer' report that encompasses the governor's recent policies, executive orders, and legislative decisions as it relates to the MSU community.
  • 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 state government stories, focusing on how legislation affects everyday individuals.
  • 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 state legislature.
  • 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 state legislation related stories, but is not limited to those and can also write other types of articles.
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