I spent six semesters on the staff of The State News, Michigan State University's independent daily student newspaper. I began as an intern the first semester of my freshman year and, within three weeks, was promoted to a full-time news reporter. Afterward, I spent two semesters as a senior reporter — covering MSU academics and the city of East Lansing — and two semesters as a copy editor.
My final semester, I was chosen by the board of directors to serve as editor in chief. I led the staff in advancing our online and multimedia content to distinguish StateNews.com from the daily print publication. I directed initiatives and executed a digital-first strategy to improve multimedia storytelling and online readership — and it paid off, with measurably increased website traffic above what we'd seen in previous semesters. I was also responsible for daily content decisions, editorial direction, payroll, discipline and personnel policy in our newsroom of 65 students.
Here are samples of my work during my time at The State News:
During my tenure as editor in chief in spring 2009, The State News celebrated its 100th anniversary. As part of our coverage — and my personal desire to expand my own multimedia skills — I created a behind-the-scenes video of The State News. It was used for several semesters afterward as a recruitment tool for hiring at the newspaper.
"Disasters affect more than local residents" • March 30, 2009
"Beyond the divide" • March 2, 2007
"Tailor made" • April 26, 2006
"East Village plans downsized" • April 27, 2007
"Feedback from axed plan used for University Village project" • Nov. 23, 2005
"Fraternity property declared unlivable" • Jan. 8, 2007
"Uniting communities" • March 23, 2007
"Council delays release of agendas" • March 20, 2007
"Prof denies affiliation with false cloning data" • Jan. 11, 2006
Edited using Apple iMovie software.