State Press Staff Descriptions


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State Press Engagement Team

Digital producer (paid)

The digital producers will manage The State Press’ presence online and on campus while exploring ways to find a broader audience. They will work closely with the digital newspaper, magazine and multimedia teams to gather a birds-eye view of The State Press and implement consistency into SP content. During shifts, digital producers will copy edit content for AP Style, grammar and integrity, schedule social media posts for the day's content, update the statepress.com homepage and flag content for a weekly newsletter. 

Digital producers will also be expected to compile weekly and bi-semesterly analytics reports and reflect how this analysis should be implemented in our stories and editorial decision-making. 

Events manager

The manager will coordinate marketing campaigns on social media, engage in person at events and come up with innovative ideas to help The State Press engage more with the community. This includes brainstorming and creating events we host, finding other events we can have a booth or otherwise participate in or scheduling tabling on all four ASU campuses. The events manager will be responsible for getting representatives at tabling events every week. They will also be responsible for a semesterly philanthropy event and fundraising events. We are looking for someone with brave ideas who isn't afraid to take the lead and make things happen. We are looking for quick-thinking, well-organized students who can initiate and finish projects.


State Press Digital Publication 

Editors

SP Managing editor (paid)

The managing editor will be responsible for the production flow of Statepress.com including keeping desks on track with both copy deadline and general direction of content to keep the voice and coverage of Statepress.com consistent. They will be one of the last sets of eyes on stories before they head to digital editors for publication. This person will work closely with each of the desks to help manage content and maintain consistency between editors. There will be two full-time managing editor who work five days per week.

Politics editor (paid)

The State Press’ Politics section covers USG on all four campuses and the local governments in each city those campuses reside in. The Politics section is for politics junkies who love USG elections and want to inform ASU students about the local politics and governments that impact them.

1 full-time editor: There will be one editor who is required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. Politics editor is responsible for planning content for StatePress.com with reporters, ensuring quality of content, attaching photos and related links and editing with reporters. The politics editor will work to come up with beats for reporters and the direction of coverage for the desk along with the editor-in-chief. The editor will also be required to participate in one State Press event per month, write a weekly newsletter analyzing and summarizing ASU politics news, and be available for occasional weekend editing in cases of breaking news. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours. Editors need to have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. They should have worked for The State Press for at least one semester.

Science & Tech editor (paid)

ASU is the nation’s most innovative university for a reason. Each campus has its own projects, majors and students who are working on the science and technology that will impact us both now and in the future. The editor needs to be aware and interested in University research and how it adds to broader conversations about science, tech and society in our world. It’s more than writing profiles of interesting labs — it’s examining how the work done in those labs shapes our lives and the lives of people outside the University. Science and Tech editor needs to have a strong interest in science and technology, exceptional editing skills and must have worked for State Press for at least one semester.

1 full-time editor: There will be one editor who is required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. Science & Tech editor is responsible for planning content for StatePress.com with reporters, ensuring quality of content, attaching photos and related links and editing with reporters. The Science & Tech editor will work  to come up with beats for reporters and the direction of coverage for the desk along with the editor-in-chief. The editor will also be required to participate in one State Press event per month, write a weekly newsletter summarizing and analyzing ASU science news, and be available for occasional weekend editing in cases of breaking news. Editor can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours. Editor needs to have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. They should have worked for The State Press for at least one semester.

Community editor (paid)

Between ASU’s four campuses and its online presence, the University houses more than 100,000 students, employs thousands of faculty and staff and contributes both economically and culturally to the communities surrounding each ASU footprint. The Community editor should be interested in restaurants, hangouts and events around campus, as well as student organizations and clubs. But they should also be thinking about diversity, education policy and how the University and its research interacts with the surrounding area. 

2 full-time editors: There will be two editors who are required to work three days a week each, one of which will be Sunday. The Community editors will work together to come up with beats for reporters and the direction of coverage for the desk along with the editor-in-chief. The editor will also be required to participate in one State Press event per month, write a weekly newsletter summarizing and analyzing ASU community news, and be available for occasional weekend editing in cases of breaking news. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours. Editors need to have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. They should have worked for The State Press for at least one semester.

Arts & Culture editor (paid)

ASU is a hub for the practice and study of art, whether it be paintings, film, ceramic arts or performing arts. Editors on this desk should have a vested interest in the arts and in covering the people creating those works. The Arts & Culture desk will also be responsible for covering campus cultural — involving local arts, music, film, fashion and trends.

1 full-time editor: There will be one editor who is required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The Arts & Culture editor will work to come up with beats for reporters and the direction of coverage for the desk along with the editor-in-chief. The editor will also be required to participate in one State Press event per month, write a weekly newsletter analyzing and summarizing ASU arts content, and be available for occasional weekend editing in cases of breaking news. Editor can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours. Editor needs to have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. They should have worked for The State Press for at least one semester.

Opinion editor (paid)

The Opinions section is a long-held tradition in campus media. The State Press Opinion section will be the home to dedicated columnists who follow topics throughout the semester to build their voice and to build reliable content our readers can expect every week. Content should reflect important issues in the ASU and nearby community and consider State Press news coverage on big issues to help formulate ideas. Opinion editor will also be responsible for occasional editorials.

1 Full-time editor: Editor is required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The Opinions editor will work to come up with beats for reporters and the direction of coverage for the desk along with the editor-in-chief. The editor will also be required to participate in one State Press event per month, contribute a weekly column with their take on an ASU-relevant issue, and be available for occasional weekend editing in cases of breaking news. Editor can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours. Editor needs to have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. They should have worked for The State Press for at least one semester.

Sports editor (paid)

ASU sports are an integral part of the community and experience for students. We cover every Division I sport, from water polo to football, as well as some club and intramural sports. But the editors should also be thinking about sports stories that develop off the field — news coverage that deals with diversity, pay, health and more. State Press is looking to make innovative changes in the sports department to better engage readers, both sports fanatics and the less enthused fans alike. A sports editor should be crazy about sports and have exceptional time management skills. He or she should know the basic information about each sport, have writing and editing skills and a strong knowledge of AP Style.

2 Full-time editors: There will be two editors who are required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The sports editors will work together to come up with beats for reporters and the direction of coverage for the desk along with the editor-in-chief. The editor will also be required to participate in one State Press event per month, write a weekly newsletter summarizing and analyzing ASU sports news, and be available for weekend editing. The editors can split the days or the content to make sure gamers on the weekends are getting published. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours. Editors need to have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. They should have worked for The State Press for at least one semester.

Reporters

Senior Reporters

The two State Press senior reporters will do twice-weekly beat coverage of an enterprise topic over the course of the semester as well as long-form stories. They should be reliable, consistent and dogged reporters as well as strong writers and advisors in the newsroom. They are expected to pick up breaking content when needed and contribute to State Press project stories. 

Data Reporter

The State Press data reporter will use tools like Excel and Python as well as strong writing and reporting to organize, interpret and analyze the trove of University data on topics such as salary, tuition, scholarships and more. They should be ready to pitch enterprising stories that use this data to quantify the hot-button issues of the ASU community. They should also have an eye for how this content can be represented visually. 

Politics Section

The State Press’ Politics section covers USG on all four campuses and the local governments in each city those campuses reside in. The Politics section is for politics junkies who want to use their knowledge and passion to inform the ASU community about relevant policies and politicians as well as student government leaders. 

Full-time politics reporter (paid)

Full-time Politics reporters are required to produce two pieces of content per week, as well as occasional breaking news stories as needed. Full-time, unlike part-time, are paid positions. Full-time reporters have the option to move up within State Press after a semester of reporting and will earn great clips for their portfolios. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for each of their two stories each week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Politics editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Part-time politics reporter 

Part-time Politics reporters are required to produce one story per week, as well as be available for breaking news. Part-time positions are unpaid but are a great way to build clips and work to advance within State Press. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for one story per week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Politics editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Science & Tech Section

ASU is the nation’s most innovative university for a reason. Each campus has its own projects, majors and students who are working on the science and technology that will impact us both now and in the future. Science and Tech editors need to have a strong interest in science and technology, exceptional editing skills and must have worked for State Press for at least one semester.

Full-time science & tech reporter (paid)

Full-time Science & Tech reporters are required to produce two pieces of content per week, as well as occasional breaking news stories as needed. Full-time, unlike part-time, are paid positions. Full-time reporters have the option to move up within State Press after a semester of reporting and will earn great clips for their portfolios. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for each of their two stories each week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Science & Tech editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Part-time science & tech reporter

Part-time Science & Tech reporters are required to produce one story per week, as well as be available for breaking news. Part-time positions are unpaid but are a great way to build clips and work to advance within State Press. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for one story per week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Science & Tech editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Arts & Culture Section

ASU is home to both classical and modern art majors, as well as many cultural groups and organizations. The Arts & Culture section will be dedicated to finding and covering the fascinating people, groups, projects and stories that make ASU unique.

Full-time Arts & Culture reporter (paid)

Full-time Arts & Culture reporters are required to produce two pieces of content per week, as well as occasional breaking news stories as needed. Full-time, unlike part-time, are paid positions. Full-time reporters have the option to move up within State Press after a semester of reporting and will earn great clips for their portfolios. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for each of their two stories each week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to the Arts & Culture editor and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Part-time Arts & Culture reporter

Part-time Arts & Culture reporters are required to produce one story per week, as well as be available for breaking news. Part-time positions are unpaid but are a great way to build clips and work to advance within State Press. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for one story per week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Politics editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Community Section

ASU houses 80,000 students who are constantly looking for things to do on and around campus. Some of those students prefer a party scene, others are holed up books - what they’re doing and what they’re interested in makes up the culture of ASU’s four campuses. The Community editor should be interested in restaurants, hangouts and events around campus, but also be interested in students and the organizations they’re a part of.

Full-time Community reporter (paid)

Full-time Community reporters are required to produce two pieces of content per week, as well as occasional breaking news stories as needed. Full-time, unlike part-time, are paid positions. Full-time reporters have the option to move up within State Press after a semester of reporting and will earn great clips for their portfolios. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for each of their two stories each week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Community editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Part-time Community reporter 

Part-time Community reporters are required to produce one story per week, as well as be available for breaking news. Part-time positions are unpaid but are a great way to build clips and work to advance within State Press. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for one story per week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Community  editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Opinions Section

The Opinions section is a long held tradition in campus media. The State Press Opinion section will be the home to dedicated columnists who follow topics throughout the semester to build their voice and reliable content our readers can expect every week.

Part-time Opinions columnist

Part-time Opinions columnists are required to produce one story per week, as well as be available for breaking news. Part-time positions are unpaid but are a great way to build clips and work to advance within State Press. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for one story per week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Opinions editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Sports Section

ASU sports are an integral part of the community and experience for students. We cover every sport, from water polo to football. State Press is looking to make innovative changes in the sports department to better engage readers, sports fanatics and the less enthused fans alike. A sports editor should be crazy about sports and have exceptional time management skills. He or she should know the basic information about each sport, have writing and editing skills and a strong knowledge of AP Style.

Full-time Sports reporter (paid)

Full-time Sports reporters are required to produce three to five pieces of content per week, as well as occasional breaking news stories as needed. Full-time, unlike part-time, are paid positions. Full-time reporters have the option to move up within State Press after a semester of reporting and will earn great clips for their portfolios. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for each of their two stories each week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Sports editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Part-time Sports reporter

Part-time Sports reporters are required to produce two to three stories per week, as well as be available for breaking news. Part-time positions are unpaid but are a great way to build clips and work to advance within the State Press. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays, and they must be available for in-person edits for one story per week. Reporters are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the reporter themselves in some cases and by the multimedia team in others (multimedia elements include but are not limited to videos, infographics, story maps, social media embeds and photos.) Reporters will report to both of the Sports editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.



State Press Magazine

Magazine print managing editor (paid)

The SPM print managing editor is responsible for any tasks specifically delegated by the editor-in-chief with regard to the printed magazine. He or she works closely with SPM print reporting team and the design team to ensure consistency in local design and AP style. This editor helps the editor-in-chief oversee the print productions to ensure accuracy of the content. One position available.

Magazine digital managing editor (paid)

The SPM digital managing editor is responsible for curating SPM's online content. He or she works closely with the digital reporting team and the SP multimedia department. Main responsibilities will include editing stories for online publication and working with the editor-in-chief. One position available. 

Lead designer (paid)

The SPM lead designer is primarily responsible for page design of the magazine. He or she organizes written and visual elements for each printed issue to ensure the aesthetic of the magazine is both beautiful and in keeping with the general brand of The State Press, while also being self-consistent from issue to issue. One position available. 

Magazine senior print reporter (paid)

The SPM senior print reporter is responsible for producing the cover story for each issue in coordination with his or her editors. He or she may explore a variety of topics that are newsworthy and work with the editors to present an in-depth story idea for each printed issue. The senior print reporter contributes to the print publication and has the option of photographing their own assignments. One position available. 

Magazine print reporter

The SPM print reporter is responsible for creating one original story for inclusion in each print issue and attending weekly staff meetings. These writers may write what they please so long as it has their story ideas meet the standard of the editors and have a valid ASU angle. The SPM print reporter will not work on quick turnaround stories, such as breaking news or anything that could lose its timeliness before the time of print publication. This is a position for long-form magazine journalism writing. Multiple positions available. 

Magazine digital reporter

The SPM digital reporter is responsible for producing one original magazine-style story every three weeks for our online publication. The quality of the story and its content are expected to meet the standards of The State Press and State Press Magazine and keep to the expectations of the editors. The SPM digital reporter is also expected to be at weekly meetings to go over story ideas and edit drafts and finished stories. Multiple positions available.



State Press Multimedia

Multimedia managing editor (paid)

The multimedia managing editor will assist in overseeing consistency of production for the four multimedia desks. They will maintain quality of work, fact-check visual reporting and act as a liaison between the multimedia department and both the digital side and State Press Magazine. Multimedia editors will check out each night with the managing editor, and multimedia reporters will edit with them before their independent work is published. 

Photo editors (paid)

The photo editors are responsible for putting photos on every article that runs for statepress.com and manages a staff of photographers. The photo editors work under the multimedia managing editor and multimedia director as well as with section editors to ensure that the photo desk is aware of every budgeted story. The photo editor holds weekly meetings with photographers to coordinate their schedules, address problems, critique the previous week’s work and distribute photo assignments.

The photo editor encourages photographers to develop photo stories, stand-alone galleries, attends a daily afternoon budget meetings. Each editor works 3 days a week (splitting up days, both on Sunday). Must be familiar with captions and Photoshop. 

Full-time photographers (paid)

Photojournalists work to provide high-quality content for statepress.com. They attend weekly photo desk meetings and collaborate with all sections to produce innovative and illustrative photos. This position requires a large amount of independence and responsibility; photographers typically cover 5 photo assignments a week and often have to contact story subjects or attend interviews with reporters. In addition, photojournalists are expected to produce one photo essay each semester. Applicants must own and be familiar with their own DSLR camera. Applicants familiar with caption writing are preferred.

Part-time photographers

Photojournalists work to provide high-quality content for statepress.com. They attend weekly photo desk meetings on Sunday and collaborate with all sections to produce innovative and illustrative photos. This position requires a large amount of independence and responsibility; part time photographers typically cover 2-3 photo assignments per week and often have to contact story subjects or attend interviews with reporters. Applicants must own and be familiar with their own DSLR camera. Applicants familiar with caption writing are preferred.

Video editors (paid)

The video editors are responsible for coordinating all video work and manages a staff of videographers. The video editors work under the multimedia managing editor and multimedia director as well as with section editors to ensure that complementary video is paired with content. The video editors hold weekly meetings with videographers to coordinate their schedules, address problems, critique the previous week’s work and distribute video assignments, as well as attending Sunday pitch meetings. Preferably has extensive video experience and must be able to use adobe premiere.

Full-time videographers (Paid)

Full-time multimedia reporters are responsible for producing one package each week and attending weekly budget meetings with the video editor. These reporters develop sources, research and pitch story ideas, and move forward once topics are approved by their editors. Must be familiar with adobe premiere, preferably has extensive video experience.

Part-time videographers

Full-time multimedia reporters are responsible for producing one package every other week and attending weekly budget meetings with the video editor. These reporters develop sources, research and pitch story ideas, and move forward once topics are approved by their editors. Must be familiar with adobe premiere, preferably has extensive video experience.

Podcast Editor (paid)

Responsible for the production of podcast content, that collaborates with statepress.com sections, as well as stand-alone content. Edits with staff and works to train podcasters through the production process. Must be familiar with adobe audition.

Full-Time Podcaster (paid)

Full-time podcasters will be expected to create one podcast per week. They will research, interview and develop content for the topic of their podcast. Podcasters will have the opportunity to create their own independent podcast after proving strength within their originally assigned podcast. Strong applicants are familiar with Adobe audition.

Part-time Podcaster

Part-time podcasters will produce one of the podcast every other week or one State Press Play update every week. They will research, interview and develop content for the topic of their podcast. Podcasters will have the opportunity to create their own independent podcast after proving strength within their originally assigned podcast. Strong applicants are familiar with Adobe audition.

Graphics editor (paid)

The Graphics editor is in charge of graphic, cartoon and data pieces to help develop multimedia reporting for The State Press. This will include graphic headers, alt-copy and original content series. Original content series will serve as a basis to teach and train people in multimedia reporting and to challenge the type of content State Press produces. As a digital publication, it is our duty to keep up to date with the trends in journalism and visual storytelling is one way we can better inform and serve our audiences. 

Full time cartoonists, graphic designers and data visualization specialists (paid)

Responsible for conceptualizing and drawing editorial cartoons to run with opinion and editorial stories. Cartoons can also stand alone in the multimedia section of the state press if artwork is relevant to students, timely, and visually well-done. Data visualization content will come from original research and as alt-copy for stories for different desks. Multimedia reporting and original series must have an ASU angle and serve to tell stories to inform our audiences.

Part time cartoonists, graphic designers and data visualization specialists

Same description as above but weekly content requirements are decreased. 

Software Developer (paid)

We are an online publication looking to create engaging and user-friendly web experiences for our audience. The software developer will work on projects such as template design, the creation of interactive data visualization projects and more. We are also open to hear your ideas! The software developer would be in the newsroom to create content twice per week and will report directly to the Multimedia Managing Editor.


NON-EDITORIAL POSITIONS

Advertising

You’ll earn a hourly wage and commission on the ads you sell as well as gain invaluable experience in a real-world environment. Training program and mentoring available.

Student Advertising Manager: Sells advertising as well as oversees all student sales representatives and develops programs for clients. Works closely with a professional advertising manager.

Student sales representatives: Sells advertising on and off campus, developing new clientele and working with established clients. Customer service is important!

Marketing Manager: Helps market Student Media products on and off campus. Plans and coordinates events, develops outreach programs and helps distribute products.

Production

You can gain valuable experience producing ads, special products and the daily student newspaper. Day-time and night-time positions available. Software experience required.

Advertising production: Works with sales representatives to design and expedite the placement of advertisements in the newspaper, special products and on-line. Mostly day-time hours.

Newspaper production: Does page make-up and design for the front page and inside pages of the newspaper and the State Press magazine. Mostly evening hours.

Clerical

Student Media occasionally hires students for receptionist and clerical work. For more information on these or any other position, contact Megan Breinholt at 480-965-7572.ASU Student Media is a equal opportunity employer.