The State Press: Job Descriptions


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State Press Leadership Team

The State Press’ leadership team is elected by the Student Media’s Advisory Board to have editorial control over the publication for the entirety of the school year. The board elects students to four positions: executive editor, digital editor-in-chief, magazine editor-in-chief and multimedia director. Students elected to one of these positions are expected to have a strong understanding of ASU and how The State Press fits into the University community.

Executive editor (paid, editor)

The executive editor directly oversees the digital engagement team and oversees the other three departments at State Press: magazine, online publication, multimedia. The student elected to the position is the outward face of the publication when public communication is necessary and is responsible for upholding and furthering the publication's award-winning standards and pedigree. The executive editor must exemplify not only a strong knowledge of State Press and how it operates, but how ASU and its community functions, as well. The student elected must be available seven days a week to respond to pressing questions and concerns from State Press staff or any other involved member of the community with immediate concerns. 

The executive editor must oversee all hiring processes as well as hire and manage a team of 10 students with unique responsibilities within digital engagement. The executive editor is in charge of getting paid State Press employees on payroll and is also responsible for ultimately deciding how allocated funds are divided among students who work for State Press. The student elected to the position also serves as a liaison for the human resources department at ASU, handles any internal disputes and ensures student workers are up-to-date on paperwork, agreements and trainings. Since the executive editor oversees the entire publication, this position requires a broad knowledge on all the workings of State Press, including, but not limited to: management on a newsroom of 100+ students, experience with long-form writing, hard news, photo/video/podcast editing, editing for AP style, grammar, clarity and accuracy. 

The student elected to the position will receive a $4,040 stipend split into eight $505 paychecks if the student works the entire semester.

Digital editor-in-chief (paid, editor)

The digital editor-in-chief oversees all operations of written digital content published on statepress.com. The student will be responsible for upholding and furthering the publication’s award-winning standards and pedigree. The student elected to the position must possess strong editorial judgment, wide knowledge of ASU and its communities and a vision of where the publication can improve. Digital editors-in-chief must be available to respond to questions from desk editors seven days a week. 

The student elected to this position must hire and manage 8-10 editors, which include editors for each of the six digital desks. Each desk employs 5-12 writers. Students elected to the position must teach editors how to effectively edit stories for grammar, punctuation, spelling, accuracy, content and fairness. The student must also edit any stories that require additional editorial judgment. 

The student elected to the position will receive a $4,000 stipend split into eight $500 paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Magazine editor-in-chief (paid, editor)

The Magazine Editor-in-chief oversees the production of the print publication that goes on newsstands and magazine content on statepress.com. This student must collaborate and maintain communication with ASU Student Media to configure printing budget, ad placement and deadlines for all writers, artists and designers contributing to the issues. This student must be available to be heavily involved with the hiring process of all writers, and assist in their reporting. This student must have good judgement for evergreen stories vital to the ASU community. The Magazine Editor-in-chief is responsible for forming collaborative relationships with those desks on the digital side to publish engaging additions to the stories that print in the issues. 

The student elected to this position must manage a group of 5-10 writers, 2 managing editors and 3+ multimedia artists on deadlines. 

The student elected to the position will receive a $4,000 stipend split into eight paychecks of $500 if the student works the full semester.

Multimedia director (paid, editor)

The multimedia director oversees the production of multimedia content for statepress.com and original content distribution across YouTube, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Students elected to the position must have a variety of multimedia skills, a strong visual eye, good visual storytelling judgement and organizational skills. The director must be available most of the time and be able to take over other multimedia positions when necessary.

This position must hire and manage 4-6 editors, ~20 multimedia staffers and a managing editor. The director should be able to teach editors how to edit visual and audio content, and help train staff to produce content. This position also tracks and manages the equipment owned by The State Press.

The student elected to the position will receive a $4,000 stipend split into eight paychecks of $500 if the student works the full semester.

State Press Engagement Team

Digital producer (paid, editor)

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 news, 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, track analytics for published content, update the statepress.com homepage and flag content for a weekly newsletter.

Part-time digital producers will work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. Full-time digital producers will work one or two additional weekdays and will be paid accordingly.

There are up to four (4) paid positions available. Students in full-time positions who work for the entire semester will receive a $2,000 stipend split into eight paychecks of $250. Students in part-time positions who work for the entire semester will receive a $1,600 stipend split into eight biweekly paychecks of $200.

Weekend editor (paid, editor)

This editor leads the publication's transition from five to seven days a week of publishing, which happened in 2020. The editor will be in charge of publishing stories to the website, updating the homepage and posting to social media on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The editor will copy edit stories for clarity, accuracy and AP style, with similar expectations to the digital producer role. The editor organizes, writes and puts together SP's weekly newsletter, Pressing Matters. Ideal candidates will have prior editing experience, whether in or out of SP, strong news judgment and good organization skills.

There is one (1) paid position available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Diversity officer (paid, editor)

The diversity officer is responsible for connecting with various minority-interest groups on and around ASU, as well as overseeing sensitive content for The State Press across all departments. They should have expertise on best practices for representation, recruiting and sourcing. They are expected to work two days a week, one of which will be Sunday, and attend all State Press events to engage with the community. 

They are expected to reflect on how The State Press can improve coverage on underrepresented communities as well as seek out ways to better embed the publication in the diverse communities surrounding it. This includes attending special-interest group meetings and reading over the weekly budget for articles requiring their expertise and attention. They will also contribute to The State Press’ sourcing database with five new professors or local experts each week.

The diversity officer will lead the diversity council, which will consist of two reporters, two editors, two members from the multimedia department and one or two alumni. The council will meet once a month and develop sensitivity trainings, identify room for improvement in content and newsroom culture and create easily accessible resources for reporters and editors to incorporate in their content.

There is one (1) paid position available. The student will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Social media manager (paid, editor)

The social media manager is responsible for updating all of The State Press social media platforms daily, as well as tracking analytics across the newsroom. They are expected to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday and attend all other mandatory State Press events. 

As well as updating all of the social media platforms with published content, the social media manager will develop and maintain a consistent, strong and engaging presence on the brand accounts. They will also work with the managing editors across the departments to promote all forms of content in new ways, as well as direct forums to better communicate with the community and audience as a whole. 

There is one (1) paid position available. The student will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Digital developer (paid, editor)

The digital developer at State Press is someone who is interested in making online stories more engaging, adding unique visualization elements to make information more interactive, accessible and compelling. The developer will work closely with reporters and editors to tailor the visual experience and design of stories with HTML, CSS, Javascript and occasionally data-focused languages.

This role requires an intellectual curiosity and competence in website coding. Javascript familiarity is a plus. Desired interests include an interest in news and current events at ASU.

There is one (1) paid position available. The student will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

La Prensa 

The State Press launched La Prensa at the beginning of 2021 to translate English stories on our website to Spanish to better serve Latine and Hispanic populations within the ASU community. La Prensa provides our Spanish-speaking audience with translated content and develops its own stories geared specifically to serve the University's Spanish-speaking communities. 

La Prensa desk editor and translator (paid, editor)

La Prensa editor demonstrates a deep knowledge of issues within the University and beyond that Spanish-speaking students and faculty face and how those issues affect their lives. The editor will be required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The editor will be responsible for translating highlighted pieces of content from English to Spanish and edit content written in Spanish. The editor will also lead a team of two to three reporters in pursuing stories pertaining to ASU's Spanish-speaking communities. Editors can expect to work 15 to 20 hours a week. The editor must be able to write in Spanish and accurately translate English to Spanish. The editor must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing.

One (1) full-time editor position is available. The student will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Digital producer (paid, editor)

La Prensa will oversee the content produced by the desk to ensure consistency of proper Spanish spelling and grammar for journalistic publication. During shifts, the La Prensa digital producer will copy edit stories translated by the La Prensa desk editor for accurate English to Spanish translation, grammar and style, and help develop effective headlines in Spanish for stores. Full-time La Prensa digital producers will work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The editor must be able to write in Spanish and accurately translate English to Spanish. The editor must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. 

One (1) full-time editor position is available. The student will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

State Press Digital Publication

Managing editor (paid, editor)

The managing editors 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 work five days per week and 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 are two (2) full-time editor positions available. Each editor will be paid a stipend of $2,800 split into eight $350 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Senior reporters (paid, staff)

The 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 leaders in the newsroom. They are also expected to pick up breaking content when needed and contribute to project stories.

Previous reporting experience is a must. Knowledge in tools such as Excel and Python as well as an understanding of public records gathering are a plus.

Two (2) full-time reporting positions available. Each reporter will be paid a stipend of $1,200 split into eight $150 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester.

Politics

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 student reporters who love USG elections and want to inform ASU students about the local politics and governments that impact them.

Politics editor (paid, editor)

One (1) full-time editor position available: There is one editor who is required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The Politics editor is responsible for planning content for statepress.com with reporters, ensuring the 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. They 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 the cases of breaking news. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours a week. Editors must 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.

One (1) full-time editor position is available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Full-time Politics reporter (paid, staff)

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 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 Politics editor and work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Two (2) full-time reporting positions available. Each reporter will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester.

Part-time Politics reporter (staff)

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 The State Press. The reporters are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sundays and 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 the Politics editor and work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Business and Technology

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 economic development, science and technology that will impact us both now and in the future. The Business and Technology reporters and editor need to be aware and interested in University research and developments, as well as how they add to broader conversations about science, technology and society in our world. It’s more than writing profiles of interesting labs or new startups — it’s examining how the work done in those labs and University partnerships shape our lives and the lives of people outside the University.

Business and Technology editor (paid, editor)

One (1) full-time editor position available: There will be one editor who is required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The Business and Technology editor is responsible for planning content for statepress.com with reporters, ensuring quality content, attaching photos and related links and editing with reporters. The Business and Technology 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 business, technology and research news and be available for occasional weekend editing in cases of breaking news. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours. Editors must 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.

One (1) full-time editor position is available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semeter.

Full-time Business and Technology reporter (paid, staff)

Full-time Business and Technology reporters are required to produce two pieces of content per week as well as occasional breaking news stories when 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 Business and Technology editor and will work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

One (1) full-time reporting position is available. The reporter will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester. 

Part-time Business and Technology reporter

Part-time Business and Technology 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 the Business and Technology editor and will work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Community and Culture

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 seemingly every city in the Valley — and many across the globe. 

From LGBTQ+ and Native American issues to breaking news, the Community and Culture editor and reporters have a passion for diversity, education policy and how the University interacts with the surrounding cities. They should also be interested in hangouts around campus, student organizations and clubs and University spending. 

Community and Culture editor (paid, editor)

Editors will be required to work three days a week, 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. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours a week. Editors must 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.

Two (2) full-time editor positions are available. Each editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Full-time Community and Culture reporter (paid, staff)

Full-time Community and 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 both of the Community and Culture editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Two (2) full-time reporting positions available. Each reporter will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Part-time Community and Culture reporter

Part-time Community and 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 Community and Culture editors and will work closely with the multimedia editor and photo or video editors to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

The Echo

The Echo is a place for smart, articulate writers and editors who can capture the vibrant socio-cultural energy on campus and distill it into thoughtful commentary, criticism, trend pieces and narrative nonfiction writing. Subjects will include student visual and performing art, film, fashion and lifestyle, the campus “culture wars” and anything else through which readers can improve their understanding of what is making their fellow students tick. 

Whether you’re interested in writing essays, delving deep into reporting on important issues and notable members of the University community or passionate about food and film reviews, there’s a place for you at The Echo.

A background in feature, long-form narrative writing or creative writing is a must.

The Echo editor (paid, editor)

There will be one editor who is required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The Echo 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. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours a week. Editors must 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.

One (1) full-time editor position is available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Full-time Echo reporter (paid, staff)

Full-time Echo reporters are required to produce two pieces of content per week. 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 Echo editor and will work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Two (2) full-time reporting positions available. Each reporter will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Part-time Echo reporter

Part-time Echo 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 The Echo editor and will work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Opinion

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

Opinion editor (paid, editor)

One 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 and contribute a weekly column with their take on an ASU-relevant issue. The Opinion editor will also be responsible for occasional editorials. Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours a week. Editors must 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.

One (1) full-time editor position is available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Full-time Opinion columnist (paid, staff)

Full-time Opinion columnists are required to produce two pieces of content per week. Full-time, unlike part-time, are paid positions. Full-time writers have the option to move up within State Press after a semester of writing and will earn great clips for their portfolios. The columnists 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. Columnists are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the columnist 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.) Columnists will report to the Opinion editor and work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

One (1) full-time position available. The columnist will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the columnist works the full semester.

Part-time Opinion columnist

Part-time Opinion columnists are required to produce one story per week. Part-time positions are unpaid but are a great way to build clips and work to advance within The State Press. The columnists are required to attend one weekly budget meeting which will be held on Sunday and must be available for in-person edits for one story per week. Columnists are required to research and pitch their own story ideas along with accompanying multimedia elements, which will be created by the columnist 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.) Columnists will report to the Opinion editor and work closely with The State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Sports

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.

Sports editor (paid, editor)

There will be two editors who are required to work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. A sports editor should be crazy about sports and have exceptional time management skills. They should know the basic information about each sport, have writing and editing skills and a strong knowledge of AP Style. 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 and late-night editing for gamer coverage.

Editors can expect to work between 15 and 20 hours a week. Editors must 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.

Two (2) full-time editor positions are available. Each editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Full-time Sports reporter (paid, staff)

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 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 State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

Two (2) full-time reporting positions available. Each reporter will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester.

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 State Press’ multimedia team to ensure appropriate multimedia is being created when needed.

State Press Magazine

Magazine managing editor (paid, editor)

The SPM managing editors are responsible for any tasks specifically delegated by the SPM editor-in-chief with regard to the printed magazine and SPM's online content. They work closely with SPM’s reporting team and the design team to ensure consistency in local design and AP Style. These editors help the SPM editor-in-chief oversee the print production and online publication to ensure the accuracy of the content.

Two (2) full-time editor positions available. Each editor will be paid a stipend of $2,800 split into eight $350 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Design editor (paid, editor)

The SPM design editor is primarily responsible for page design of the magazine. They organize 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 (1) full-time design editor position available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Magazine social media manager (paid, editor)

The social media manager for State Press Magazine will work 2 days a week, and be in charge of posting content on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok. During shifts, the social media manager will meet with reporters and the design editor to capture their visions and post appropriate content, as well as conduct social media analytics. The social media manager will at times be assigned to accompany reporters for in-person social media updates.

One (1) social media manager position available. The manager will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the manager works the full semester.

Magazine senior reporter (paid, staff)

The SPM senior reporter is responsible for producing the cover story for each issue in coordination with his or her editors. They 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 reporter contributes to the publication and has the option of photographing their own assignments.

One (1) full-time reporting position available. The reporter will be paid a stipend of $1,200 split into eight $150 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester.

Full-time Magazine reporter (paid, staff)

SPM reporters are 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 reporters 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. 

One (1) full-time reporting positions available. The reporter will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester.

Part-time Magazine reporters

SPM reporters are 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 reporters are 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, editor)

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. The managing editor works five days a week.

One (1) full-time editor position available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $2,800 split into eight $350 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Photo 

Photo editor (paid, editor)

The photo editor is 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 daily afternoon budget meetings. The editor works 3 days a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, plus Sunday) and prepares photos for the days they are absent. Must be familiar with AP style captions and Photoshop.

Two (2) full-time editor positions are available. Each editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Full-time photographers (paid, staff)

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. Applicants must own and be familiar with their own DSLR camera. Applicants familiar with caption writing are preferred.

Two (2) full-time photographer positions available. Each photographer will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the photographer works the full semester.

Part-time photographers

Same description as above but weekly content requirements are decreased.

Video

Short-form video editor (paid, editor)

The short-form video editor oversees all of video, especially short-form content such as explainer videos, Tiktok content, shorter features and social media content. The video team holds weekly meetings together with producers, videographers, editors and motion graphic designers to coordinate their schedules, address problems, critique the previous week’s work and distribute video assignments. Preferably has extensive video experience, familiar with mobile video production and must be able to use Adobe Premiere.

One (1) full-time editor position available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Long-form video editor (paid, editor)

The long-form video editor also oversees all of video alongside the other head, focusing on telling long-form stories by leading projects telling in-depth stories on characters and issues in the ASU community. The video management team hold weekly meetings together with producers, videographers, editors and motion graphic designers 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, especially on long-form content, and must be able to use Adobe Premiere.

One (1) full-time editor position available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Full-time producers/videographers/editors/motion graphic artists (paid, staff)

This full-time position on the video team is responsible for participating in one video a week (whether filming, editing or producing) and attending weekly budget meetings with the video editors. The exact role of each member is flexible and can change depending on project. The roles are detailed below:

Producer/Reporter

Producers develop sources, research and pitch story ideas, and move forward to form a team to shoot the story once topics are approved by their editors. They are primarily responsible for writing the story and leading the team on the project, but also film and edit when necessary, and often have audio responsibilities when in the field.

Applicants preferably have extensive video, writing or journalism experience.

Videographer/Camera 

Videographers film our stories, following direction from producers or planning out their own execution as the situation develops. They also occasionally film sports games as needed, and other event coverage. Occasionally this role might focus entirely on audio, depending on what the team needs. A personal camera is not required, experience in video and Adobe Premiere Pro is desired but not necessary.

Motion graphic artist/Video Editor

Motion graphic artists, and on some occasions dedicated editors, take the story, script or footage from the teams and crafts them into the final product, working with producers to capture their final vision. Occasionally, videos might be entirely motion graphics, or the producer edits their own video. Extensive experience in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects is highly desired as we work in the Adobe suite. Other programs are allowed on a case-by-case basis.

Two (2) full-time positions are available on the video team. Each student will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the student works the full semester.

Part-time producers/videographers/editors/motion graphic artists

Same description and roles as above but weekly content requirements are decreased.

Podcast

Podcast editor (paid, editor)

The podcast editor oversees the podcast team, shaping State Press shows, editing content and managing a team of audio producers. The editor ensures that the team is on track to publish on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and manages the podcast studio.

One (1) full-time editor position is available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 paychecks paid every two weeks.

Full-time producer and host (paid, staff)

The full-time podcaster 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. We are also looking for a sports podcaster. Strong applicants are familiar with Adobe Audition.

Two (2) full-time podcaster positions available. Each podcaster will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the podcaster works the full semester.

Part-time producer and host

Same description as above but weekly content requirements are decreased.

Illustration

Illustration editor (paid, editor)

The Illustration 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 The 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.

One (1) full-time editor position available. The editor will be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

Full-time Illustrators (paid, staff)

Illustrators are responsible for conceptualizing and drawing headers to run with digital stories. They must attend our weekly pitch meeting with other desks to coordinate and strategize future illustrations. Illustrators regularly communicate with reporters and editors to best depict the stories they are assigned.

Two (2) full-time Illustrator positions available. Each illustrator will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the illustrator works the full semester.

Part-time Illustrators

Same description as above but weekly content requirements are decreased.

Part-time Cartoonists

Cartoonists are responsible for conceptualizing and drawing independent editorial cartoons. Cartoons stand alone in the multimedia section of The State Press. They showcase artwork that is relevant to students, timely and visually well-done. Original series must have an ASU angle and serve to tell stories to inform our audiences.



Non-editorial positions

Advertising

You’ll earn an 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 and special products. 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.

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.

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