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


2 days a week $25.00 per day, 2 stories per week, 4 stories per pay period, $100.00 per 2-week pay period

A research reporter is responsible for writing articles related to MSU research facilities. Aside from reporting on recent findings from the facility, this reporter should work to analyze research findings to find a deeper meaning for the MSU community, primarily MSU students.


  • Produces at least two stories a week related to MSU research, including procedures, contributors, and findings.
  • Analyzes data information to find potential story ledes and work to report on said data in a way that is understandable and relevant to the MSU community.
  • Works to find the most engaging and interesting stories relating to research 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 with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook when appropriate.
  • Coordinates with photo and design for visuals to accompany stories. 
  • Looks in unique places for research-related stories. 
  • Available to pick up breaking news stories when they occur to ensure they are covered as quickly as possible. 
  • Talks with sources daily and 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 research stories, but is not limited to those stories and can also write other types of articles.
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