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

The student government reporter is responsible for covering news related to MSU's student government organizations, primarily the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) and the Council of Graduate Students (COGS). This reporter attends weekly meetings and stays up to date with MSU news. As a student government reporter, this person is the first point of contact when ASMSU and COGS related breaking news occurs and should work to be available to cover said news more often than not.


  • Produces at least two stories a week related to ASMSU, COGS, and related content.
  • Works to find the most engaging and interesting stories related to MSU student government and concerns 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, Instagram, Facebook when appropriate. 
  • Coordinates with photo and design for visuals to accompany stories.  
  • 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. 
  • Works to form strong source relationships with ASMSU and COGS members to stay well-informed on the happenings with those student government organizations.
  • 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 academic stories, but is not limited to those stories and can also write other types of articles.
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