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Michigan State Beat Reporter- Lansing, MI

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Zads07, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Zads07

    Zads07 Member

    From Mlive.com

    MSU Spartans News/Analysis Reporter

    Sports Director



    MLive Media Group has an opening for a dream job covering the Top 5-ranked Michigan State University Spartans men’s basketball team. We are looking for a seasoned and open-minded beat reporter to follow the team all year long. Our goal is to develop the definitive new-media voice of Spartans basketball for fans. This position will work to stay ahead of the competition by breaking news, but also be able to look at the court in order to spot basketball trends and introduce the players to our audience through features. Staying on top of every angle and local/national opinion on the MSU beat is a must. You will lead discussions with the audience, answer questions and comments, engage with social media - and possibly represent the company on TV or radio. During football season, you will contribute as a secondary reporter.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications or related field required
    • Minimum of 3 years of Division 1 college basketball beat writing experience, including demonstrated ability to break news at the highest levels
    • Proven ability in reporting and “writing clean”
    • Proven ability in covering recruiting
    • Willingness to consistently engage with an active audience
    • Ability to work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately
    • Demonstrated ability in capitalizing on high-value topics by engaging audiences in frequency and urgency
    • Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure
    • Experience with SEO, social media, HTML, taking photos, recording audio and video with ability to edit a plus
    • Understanding of the methods and tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms such as Moveable Type CMS, SCC Budgeting and Archiving System, Smartphones
    • Keeps abreast of industry advances and proactively considers new methods of reaching the audience
    Duties and Responsibilities, work schedules and/or location may change based on evolving business needs.
    1. Gather information and write journalistically sound news elements for use in all media platforms, existing and future, that is:
    • Balanced and factual
    • Timely and topical
    • Well-sourced and contextually correct
    2. Learn and employ techniques for effective digital “beat-blogging” reporting across all platforms, including but not limited to:
    • Frequent, incremental posting throughout the day
    • Story aggregation and topical link-posting
    • Monitoring and engaging in reader comment streams on MLive impact pages
    • Elevating comments into new posts when appropriate
    • Interacting on social media platforms, with story shares, objective commentary, and promoting the news organization’s content initiatives
    • Understanding and employing the means for monitoring audience interest and competitors’ posting on your topic, including setting up Google alerts, Twitter and RSS feeds
    3. Work independently and remotely, while maintaining operational communication with editor and, when applicable, production center.
    4. Working knowledge and use of the hardware, software and cloud-based equipment and systems for direct-to-web production and engagement, including but not limited to:
    • Taking photographs and short video, and posting it to the web as well as uploading to any internal systems
    • Using laptops and smartphones for remote web reporting
    • Using the Moveable Type content management system, and any future CMS
    5. Understand our news organization’s audience traffic tracking systems and analytical reports

    General Office Environment. Significant travel required.
    Essential functions of this job are described. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned or work schedules, as they are subject to change at any time due to management’s discretion, business necessity, or reasonable accommodation.
  2. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    How long has MLive had a presence in Lansing?
  3. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    They've had a Lansing office when Ann Arbor still had a seven-day printed newspaper. Beat writer back then was Steve Grinczel.
  4. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    Big shoes to fill. Diamond was a good one.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Diamond is moving to the Warriors beat for Bay Area News Group (Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury ect.).
  6. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

  7. llcharlie

    llcharlie Member

    There is a lot of talented writers in Bay Area News Group/Media News Group, yet they keep going outside for help. Not a good practice. Does not encourage loyalty.
  8. valpo87

    valpo87 Guest

    What would the salary range be for this? I'm curious because I work in Washington and would love to apply for this type of opportunity. Just have to consider if it's worth moving the family that far.
  9. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Valpo, I can't speak for the salary but I'd be willing to bet it's pretty good. It's one of the MLive major beats along with Wolverines, Lions, Pistons, Tigers and Red Wings. I'd give it a shot.
  10. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    Any update?
  11. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I think they are still accepting resumes. The job is still on the company website...
  12. FusilliJerry

    FusilliJerry Member

    I received a rejection for this gig a few weeks back.
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