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MSU Spartans - News Analysis / Reporter MLive Media Group

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by Moderator1, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member


    POSITION TITLE: MSU Spartans News/Analysis Reporter
    REPORTS TO TITLE: Director of State News
    DEPARTMENT: Editorial
    LOCATION: Lansing, MI


    MLive Media Group has an opening for a B1G football dream job covering Michigan State University. 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 football for fans. This position will work to stay ahead of the competition by breaking news, but also be able to look at the field in order to spot football/personnel trends worth analyzing for our audience. 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 basketball season, you will contribute as a secondary reporter.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications or related field required
    • Minimum of 5 years of Division 1 college football beat writing experience, including demonstrated ability to break news at the highest levels of college football
    • 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.

    The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.
  2. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Seems to me there are a lot of ex-Boothies they threw out on the street they could consider...

    Just sayin'.
  3. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I can offer a little insight as to who left: This is the job vacated when Graham Couch left to go to the Lansing State Journal (to replace Joe Rexrode, now at the Free Press). It's one of the biggest beats at MLive, for sure.

    Good luck to everyone... :)
  4. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    Filled: https://twitter.com/APSE_sportmedia/status/253890075551727616
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Nice hire...
  6. RonClements

    RonClements Active Member

    I interviewed for this, was optimistic. While I'm personally disappointed, it's a good hire for MLive.
  7. Pencil Dick

    Pencil Dick Member

    Didn't Griffith also have a radio gig in Knoxville?
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Most SEC writers do, or I should say, a lot of them do.
  9. CarlSpackler

    CarlSpackler Member

    Not sure whether to be flattered that I was even in the running against someone this qualified, or depressed that every job opening in the market these days seems to put me up against someone this qualified.
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