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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 The State Press: magazine, online and 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 The 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 hiring processes as well as manage a team of 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 deciding how allocated funds are divided. 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 The 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 $3,840 stipend split into eight $480 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 eight to 10 digital desk editors. Each desk employs five to 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 $3,800 stipend split into eight $475 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 appears on newsstands and on statepress.com. This student must collaborate and maintain communication with ASU Student Media to configure a printing budget, advertisement placement and deadlines for writers, artists and designers contributing to the issues. This student must be available to be heavily involved in the hiring process of 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 desks on the digital side to publish engaging additions to the stories that go to print. 

The student elected to this position must manage a group of five to 10 writers, two managing editors and three or more multimedia artists on deadlines. 

The student elected to the position will receive a $3,800 stipend split into eight paychecks of $475 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 platforms. 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 multimedia positions when necessary.

This position must hire and manage four to six editors, about 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 equipment owned by The State Press.

The student elected to the position will receive a $3,800 stipend split into eight paychecks of $475 if the student works the full semester.

State Press Engagement Team

Diversity Council

Diversity Officer (paid, editor)

The diversity officer is responsible for connecting with various minority-interest groups at 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 of 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 lead efforts to interpret and respond to our source audit findings, which are compiled through an automated system with every State Press story and will be reviewed on a biweekly basis at each desk.

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 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.

Outreach Coordinator (NEW; paid, staff)

The outreach coordinator is responsible for facilitating and maintaining connections with organizations representing historically underrepresented and/or marginalized groups at and around ASU. They will work with the diversity officer and council to develop trainings on how to better cover these communities and sensitive topics, and will regularly check in with student groups at ASU to discuss how we can better represent them and to gain a better understanding of what we need to do to serve historically underserved communities. The outreach coordinator is expected to work two days a week, one of which is Sundays, and to attend and facilitate staff events and trainings.

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 whole semester.

Staff Support Officer (NEW; paid, staff)

The staff support officer will be responsible for conducting internal staff surveys three times a semester to evaluate the state of our staff and what State Press leadership needs to do to improve staff experience. The surveys will evaluate the role SP plays in staff members' overall college experience, building clips for their resumes, mental health, connections with peers and other areas that decide the quality of staff experience at SP. The results of these surveys will inform future changes to SP's structure and workflow to improve staff experience.

This person will also be responsible for organizing periodic newsroom-wide events to promote inclusion and connection between staff members at all levels and departments of the organization, and assist in transitioning more staff members back to working in the newsroom in person. They are expected to be in the newsroom two days a week, one of which is Sundays, and to attend staff events.

There is one paid position available. The student will be paid a stipend of $600 split into eight $75 biweekly paychecks if the student works the whole semester.

Digital Production

Digital Producer (paid, editor)

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 bird’s-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.

There are three part-time or full-time digital producer positions available. Part-time digital producers will work three days a week, one of which is Sunday. Students in part-time digital producer positions who work for the entire semester will receive a $1,200 stipend split into eight biweekly paychecks of $150. 

Full-time digital producers work one or two days more per week than part-time producers and will be paid accordingly. Students in full-time digital producer positions who work for the entire semester will receive a $1,600 stipend split into eight biweekly paychecks of $200.

Newsletter Editor (NEW; paid, editor)

The newsletter editor will be responsible for producing our "Pressing Matters" general publication newsletter and an additional, new monetized special interest newsletter, both of which will be sent weekly. The newsletter editor will be expected to work Sundays and two additional days to work with the digital production, social media and leadership teams on collaborating on content for the newsletter and cross-promoting products from each branch of SP. 

Ideal candidates will have prior editing and writing experience, whether in or out of SP, strong news judgment, good organizational skills and a desire to try new things and step outside of what SP has produced in the past to further our reach and engagement with our audience.

There is one paid position available. The editor will be paid a $1,200 stipend split into eight biweekly paychecks of $150.

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 Editor and Producer (paid, editor)

The 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 selecting content to translate from English to Spanish and editing and managing production of content written in Spanish. The editor will lead one reporter in pursuing stories pertaining to ASU's Spanish-speaking communities. 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, headline writing and editing. The La Prensa editor will work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday.

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

La Prensa Translator (paid, editor)

The La Prensa translator will translate articles from English to Spanish, and will translate La Prensa’s original Spanish reporting from Spanish to English. They 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 translator will translate and copy edit stories and help develop effective headlines in Spanish for stories. The La Prensa translator will work three days a week, one of which will be Sunday. The translator must be able to write in Spanish and accurately translate English to Spanish as well as Spanish to English. The editor must have a good understanding of AP Style, headline writing and editing.

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

La Prensa Reporter (NEW; paid, staff)

The La Prensa reporter will be responsible for creating La Prensa’s first original Spanish reporting. They will work with the La Prensa desk editor to pitch, develop and report stories in Spanish, written specifically for the Spanish-speaking sector of our ASU community audience. Their work will be translated from Spanish into English by the La Prensa translator and published online in both English and Spanish.

The La Prensa reporter should have a deep understanding of, or desire to connect with and understand, the Spanish-speaking community at ASU, and have interest in covering issues or filling information gaps important to that community. The reporter will ideally have experience with AP Style and journalistic writing and reporting.

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

State Press Digital Publication

Managing Editor (paid, editor)

The managing editors are responsible for overseeing the production flow of all content published on statepress.com. They will work five days per week and will be one of the last sets of eyes on stories before they head to digital producers for publication. They will work directly with the assignment editor to keep desks on track with deadlines and the general direction of coverage, including breaking news. The managing editors will oversee the work of the senior reporter. Daily communication with the digital editor-in-chief is crucial in this role as is news judgment, organization and leadership skills. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least two semesters or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing.

There are two 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.

Assignment Editor (NEW; paid, editor)

The assignment editor is responsible for assisting managing editors with keeping desks on track with deadlines and the general direction of coverage. The assignment editor will work closely with desk editors in assigning stories and clarifying their angles. They will work five days per week and will assist in being one of the last sets of eyes on stories before they head to digital producers for publication. Daily communication with managing editors and the digital editor-in-chief is crucial in this role as is news judgment, organization and leadership skills. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least two semesters or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. 

There is one 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. 

Senior Reporter (paid, staff)

The State Press’ senior reporter will be responsible for twice-weekly beat and watchdog coverage of an enterprise topic (COVID-19, housing, student government and University misconduct have been past topics covered) over the course of the semester as well as long-form stories. They are expected to be a reliable, consistent and dogged reporter as well as a person who can lead by example. They will be expected to pick up breaking news content when needed and contribute to project stories completed by desks. Previous reporting experience at The State Press or significant experience reporting elsewhere is a must. Applicants will preferably have knowledge of tools like Excel and an understanding of public records gathering.

There is one 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.

Politics

The State Press’ politics section covers campus clubs with political interests, student government on all four campuses, local governments in each city ASU takes up space, the Arizona State Legislature and some national issues. The desk also does accountability coverage of ASU President Michael Crow and the Arizona Board of Regents. 

Politics Editor (paid, editor)

The politics editor is responsible for planning coverage with reporters who will be assigned a beat and ensuring the quality, clarity and accuracy of content. They will lead pitch meetings, communicate daily with reporters, managing and assignment editors and will be expected to work three days a week, including Sundays. Editors are expected to attend editorial board and pitch meetings on Sundays and must be available twice a week for in-person editing sessions with their reporters. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least one semester or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing.

There is one 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. 

Science and Technology

The State Press’ science and technology section covers ASU’s science-related projects and initiatives including but not limited to sustainability, environment and medicine. Coverage includes stories about each campus and research and development completed by people who are studying a variety of topics. It’s more than writing profiles of interesting labs or new startups — the desk will examine how the work done in those labs and University partnerships shape our lives and the lives of people outside the University. 

Science & Technology Editor (paid, editor)

The science and technology editor is responsible for planning coverage with reporters who will be assigned a beat and ensuring the quality, clarity and accuracy of content. They will lead pitch meetings, communicate daily with reporters, managing and assignment editors and will be expected to work three days a week, including Sundays. Editors are expected to attend editorial board and pitch meetings on Sundays and must be available twice a week for in-person editing sessions with their reporters. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least one semester or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. 

There is one 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.

Community & Culture 

The State Press’ community and culture section is responsible for encapsulating student life on ASU’s four campuses, especially the smaller and more remote locations. From LGBTQ+ and Indigenous affairs to breaking news, the desk as a whole has a passion for diversity, the impact of policy on student life and how the University interacts with its surrounding areas. 

Community & Culture Editor (paid, editor)

The community and culture editor is responsible for planning coverage with reporters who will be assigned a beat and ensuring the quality, clarity and accuracy of content. They will lead pitch meetings, communicate daily with reporters, managing and assignment editors and will be expected to work three days a week. Editors are expected to attend editorial board and pitch meetings on Sundays and must be available twice a week for in-person editing sessions with their reporters. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least one semester or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing. 

There is one 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.

Opinion

The State Press’ opinion section is a long-held tradition in campus media. The section is home to dedicated columnists who interrogate the University’s decisions and ASU-related news with important perspectives and analysis. Content will reflect important issues in the ASU and nearby communities rather than national issues that may only be loosely related to ASU. 

Opinion Editor (paid, editor)

The opinion editor is responsible for planning coverage with columnists and ensuring the quality, clarity and accuracy of content. They will lead pitch meetings, communicate daily with columnists, managing and assignment editors and will be expected to work three days a week. Editors are expected to attend editorial board and pitch meetings on Sundays and must be available twice a week for in-person editing sessions with their reporters. Applicants with a good understanding of AP Style and editing are preferred.

There is one 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.

The Echo

The Echo is a place for writers who can capture the socio-cultural energy of campus and distill it into thoughtful commentary and criticism. The desk will cover students and faculty who participate in the arts as well as campus “culture wars” and other lifestyle trends that will help readers of The State Press understand what makes the ASU community tick. 

The Echo Editor (paid, editor)

The Echo editor is responsible for planning coverage with reporters who will be assigned a beat and ensuring the quality, clarity and accuracy of content. They will lead pitch meetings, communicate daily with reporters, managing and assignment editors and will be expected to work three days per week. Editors are expected to attend editorial board and pitch meetings on Sundays and must be available twice a week for in-person editing sessions with their reporters. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least one semester or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing.

There is one 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.

Sports

The State Press’ sports section is integral in breaking down how ASU’s sports teams impact ASU and its surrounding communities. The sports desk will work on analyzing how ASU’s sports teams are playing using data and statistics. Reporters will be assigned beats but together will cover sports business while the desk strays away from daily game coverage. 

Sports Editor (paid, editor)

The sports editors are responsible for planning coverage with reporters and ensuring the quality, clarity and accuracy of content. They will lead pitch meetings, communicate daily with reporters and managing editors and will be expected to work three days per week. Editors are expected to attend editorial board and pitch meetings on Sundays and must be available twice a week for in-person editing sessions with their reporters. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least one semester or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing.

There are two full-time editor positions available. The editors will each be paid a stipend of $1,600 split into eight $200 biweekly paychecks if the editor works the full semester.

All digital desks

Full-time reporters (paid, staff)

The State Press’ full-time reporters are required to produce two pieces of content per week, as well as occasional breaking news stories as needed. Full-time reporters, unlike part-time reporters, are paid. Full-time reporters should be available for edit sessions with their respective desk editors twice a week and are expected to attend pitch meetings on Sundays. Reporters are required to research and pitch original story ideas along with ideas for accompanying multimedia elements. Full-time reporters will be looked to as model reporters in the newsroom and should be eager to cover their beat.

There are five full-time reporter positions available: two full-time community and culture reporters, one full-time science and technology reporter, one full-time politics reporter and one full-time sports reporter. The reporters will each be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester.

Part-time reporters (unpaid, staff)

The State Press’ part-time reporters are required to produce one piece of content per week. Part-time reporters, unlike full-time reporters, are not paid but are a way for students to get acquainted with The State Press, build a portfolio of clips and work to advance within our organization. Part-time reporters should be available for edit sessions with their respective desk editors once a week and are expected to attend pitch meetings on Sundays. Reporters are required to research and pitch original story ideas along with ideas for accompanying multimedia elements.

State Press 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, the design editor, the engagement editor and the illustrator to ensure consistency in page design and AP Style. These editors help the SPM Editor-in-Chief oversee print production and online publication to ensure the accuracy and consistency of the content. These editors are expected to contribute reporting to the magazine and should be capable of developing investigative stories pertinent to the ASU and broader metro Phoenix community for the magazine. 

Managing editors should showcase quality news judgment not just with their own stories but when guiding staff reporters through the reporting and writing processes. An understanding of the magazine audience’s needs and desires and an ability to communicate this to reporters to help them strengthen their writing and reporting skills are crucial for the role of managing editor. The managing editors will work with the Editor-in-Chief to develop project stories and multimedia collaborations alongside an assortment of digital and multimedia editors and State Press leadership. Applicants will preferably have experience working at The State Press for at least two semesters or some equivalent with experience in reporting and editing. Applicants must have a good understanding of AP Style, SEO, headline writing and editing.

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

Engagement Editor (NEW; paid, editor) 

The engagement editor is responsible for upkeep and expansion of SPM’s social media presence. The ideal editor should be a creative and driven individual who works to create a social media presence that is supplementary to the themes and contents of the print issues. The engagement editor will work alongside the design editor to create Instagram-exclusive graphics, multi-post projects and/or unique visual languages for each issue. This editor should consciously look to push the magazine’s Instagram to be an engaging and exciting visual medium, rather than simply a mechanism for content promotion. 

The engagement editor is responsible for planning events with the Editor-in-Chief and managing editors that will allow the magazine to further its standing within the ASU community and promote the most recent issue of the magazine. These events should be consistent with the magazine’s ethos and work to get the most amount of physical magazines into the most amount of students’ hands. 

The engagement editor should be proficient in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and have a creative perspective on the magazine’s written content. The engagement editor will work in tandem with the copywriter and social editor to increase digital-magazine collaboration, promote magazine releases and events across State Press social platforms, analyze engagement metrics and actualize innovative projects for social media and engagement.

One (1) full-time engagement 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.

Design Editor (paid, editor)

The SPM design editor is responsible for page design of the print magazine and will work three days a week, including Sundays. They organize written and visual elements and for each printed issue to ensure consistency of aesthetics throughout each issue. The design editor is also responsible for creating original graphics to be utilized within each issue of the magazine and for social content. 

This individual should be well-versed in Adobe programs — particularly InDesign and Photoshop — be consistent and reliable and have an eye for aesthetic balance and cohesiveness. The design editor will work closely with the illustrator and artists who submit artistic work to the magazine to ensure there is an abundance of visual elements within the magazine. The editor should be a motivated individual who takes on projects on their own and is heavily involved in the look and feel of the print publication. 

One (1) full-time design 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.

Magazine Spanish Translator (paid, editor)

The magazine Spanish translator will translate selected magazine articles from English to Spanish for digital publication and will organize and help to facilitate the production of a Spanish magazine alongside the Editor-in-Chief. They will ensure consistency of proper Spanish spelling and grammar for journalistic publication. The Magazine Spanish translator will work to assemble and edit the Spanish magazine and work with the La Prensa team to ensure consistency in style and coverage. The Magazine Spanish Translator will work two days a week, one of which will be Sunday, and will translate and copy edit selected stories and help develop effective headlines in Spanish for stories. 

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

Illustrator (paid, staff)

The illustrator is responsible for producing visual art for the magazine’s print issues and digital content. The illustrator is expected to meet with the Editor-in-Chief, the magazine managing editors, the design editor and the collaborative editor once per week to brainstorm and solidify ideas for illustrations and provide progress updates on ongoing illustration projects. The illustrator is also required to attend weekly Sunday pitch meetings. The illustrator should be a skilled digital artist who is reliable and can produce consistently appealing visual art for the magazine.

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

Full-time reporter (paid, staff)

The State Press Magazine full-time reporters are responsible for producing two long-form articles for each magazine issue — which are developed over an approximately three week timespan — and additional content for the digital publication. These reporters have the liberty to explore a wide variety of journalistic topics, but their pitches should seek to thoroughly investigate and interrogate topics of relevance to the ASU community and hold power to account through their reporting. 

These reporters should be knowledgeable in developing and ongoing issues within the ASU community and be able to envision and execute long-form investigative pieces on areas of relevance to the campus and the broader communities surrounding ASU. They will be encouraged to speak extensively with community members to build their stories and learn about developing stories that they can begin reporting on. 

The full-time reporter is expected to meet with the Editor-in-Chief and managing editors twice weekly and attend Sunday staff meetings to conduct edits on stories, discuss developments in their stories and receive guidance from their editors to apply to their reporting and writing. 

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

Part-time magazine reporters (unpaid, staff)

The State Press Magazine part-time reporters are responsible for producing one long-form article for each magazine issue — which are developed over an approximately three week timespan — and additional content for the digital publication. While part-time reporting positions are not paid, the position is a great opportunity for budding journalists to begin assembling a portfolio of long-form articles and gain experience in an established student news organization. These reporters can choose to write for a specific beat of their choosing or cover a multitude of pressing topics. These reporters are expected to meet with editors once during the week for edits and updates in addition to attending weekly staff meetings. There are multiple positions available for part-time magazine reporter.

State Press Multimedia

Multimedia Managing Editor (paid, editor)

The multimedia managing editor will assist in overseeing consistency of production for the four multimedia desks and the social media team. They will maintain quality of work, fact-check visual reporting and assist with creating and executing social media and engagement strategy. 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 multimedia managing editor works five days a week. 

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

Senior multimedia producer (NEW; paid, staff)

The State Press’ senior multimedia producer will create weekly multimedia content, whether that be through photos, videos, podcasts or illustrations. This producer will also be expected to come up with multimedia project ideas and take the lead on executing them. When needed, the senior producer may also be called to cover breaking news. 

Previous experience in videography, video editing and photography is a must. Experience with podcasting or graphic design is a plus. One (1) full-time senior producer position is available. The producer will be paid a stipend of $1,200 split into eight $150 biweekly paychecks if the reporter works the full semester.

Photo editor (paid, editor)

The photo editor is responsible for leading the photo desk's day-to-day assignments, attaching photos to stories and spearheading photo galleries and essays. The photo editors hold weekly meetings with photographers to coordinate their schedules, address problems, critique the previous week’s work and distribute photo assignments. The editor works three days a week. Must be familiar with AP style captions and Photoshop. 

Two (2) full-time photo 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 photographer (paid, staff)

Photographers work to provide high-quality content for The State Press. 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 three 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. 

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

Part-time photographers (unpaid, staff)

Same description as above but weekly content requirements are decreased. The position is unpaid, but is a great way to build clips and experience, and to move up within The State Press.

Long-Form Video Editor (paid, editor)

The long-form video editor also oversees all of video alongside the other head, focusing on long-form documentary content. They will serve as the project manager for long-form videos and are responsible for pitching, storyboarding and executing all aspects of long-form content. The video management 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, 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.

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.

Full-time videographer (paid, staff)

The full-time videographer will be responsible for pitching, shooting and creating various videos throughout the semester. They will assist the long-form editor with that semester’s documentary project and have a key role in the entire process. They will also be called upon to help film various TikToks and short-form content as needed.

Experience with videography on DSLR cameras and knowledge of Adobe Premiere is a must. The ideal candidate knows basic composition rules (rule of thirds, 180-degree rule, etc.) and is comfortable editing videos on deadline. One (1) full-time videographer position is available. The full-time videographer will be paid a stipend of $800 split into eight $100 biweekly paychecks if they work the full semester.

Part-time videographers (unpaid, staff)

Same description as above but semesterly content requirements are decreased. The position is unpaid, but is a great way to build clips and experience, and to move up within The State Press.

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 illustrator (paid, staff)

Illustrators are responsible for conceptualizing and drawing headers to run with digital stories. They must attend our weekly pitch meeting to coordinate and strategize future illustrations. Illustrators regularly communicate with reporters and editors to best depict the stories they are assigned. Illustrators are also encouraged to develop their own illustration ideas. 

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 (unpaid, staff)

Same description as above but weekly content requirements are decreased. The position is unpaid, but is a great way to build clips and experience, and to move up within The State Press.

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 podcast producer (paid, staff)

The full-time podcast producer 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 podcast project after proving strength within their originally assigned podcast. Strong applicants are familiar with Adobe Audition. 

Two (2) full-time podcaster positions are 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 podcasters (unpaid, staff)

Same description as above but semesterly content requirements are decreased. The position is unpaid, but is a great way to build clips and experience, and to move up within The State Press.

Social Media Manager (paid, editor)

The social media manager is responsible for creating and executing The State Press’s social media strategy. This includes updating platforms on a regular basis, coming up with social media campaigns and tracking analytics across the newsroom. They will also work with the multimedia department to create graphics or other multimedia elements to post on social media. They are expected to work three days a week – one of which will be Sunday – and attend all other mandatory State Press events. 

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. 

The ideal candidate has experience running brand accounts on social media and is knowledgeable about current social media trends. Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or Canva is a must. Familiarity with AP style is preferred. 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.

Copywriting Editor (NEW; paid, editor)

The copywriter will be responsible for optimizing headlines, abstracts and other SEO related fields. They will work closely with the social media manager and engagement editor to execute the text-based side of the State Press’ social media and engagement strategy through campaigns on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

Knowledge of search engine optimization and social media is a must. Experience with AP style and brand social media is preferred.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.



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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