Monday, May 10, 2021

The State News

For more than 110 years, The State News has been a pillar of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Lansing, and surrounding communities. It is one of the last remaining independent non-profit higher education media organizations left in the country. Our off-campus media building sits adjacent to MSU, a top global institution with over 50,000 students, and 10,000 faculty and staff centrally located within the East Lansing and Greater Lansing, Michigan communities.

Founded in March 1909, The State News is the official student voice and independent non-profit student media group serving MSU. This student-run media organization operates and a daily weekday email newsletter year-round and distributes a weekly print newspaper on Tuesdays during fall and spring semesters.

Through our SNworks division (, the organization provides website design, hosting, and support services. This custom system includes robust publishing management and content workflow system (known as CEO) to direct the news and creative operations over 60 university and commercial media outlets throughout the United States.

The State News provides a foundation, business operations, mentorship, and training of part-time paid employment to over 60 currently-enrolled MSU students. These positions allow students to continue to develop skills, communicate effectively, think critically, and work cooperatively beyond the traditional classroom.

Our student-managed, student-led newsroom of reporters, editors, photojournalists, multimedia staff, graphic designers, business managers, advertising salespeople, public relations managers, marketing representatives, publishing operators, social media coordinators, web developers and digital staff push the boundaries of media in an environment designed to innovate, experiment, and take risks while finding unique ways to serve our local readers and businesses in an involved and compelling way.

Through this innovation, we build skills that lead to impactful career-building opportunities beyond graduation. Our readers expect news, entertainment, commentary, and information that enriches conversations within our community. It goes without arguing that evolving lifelong news consumption habits starts with a newsroom operating on a publishing mission to provide media that is diverse, trusted, ethical, unbiased, accurate, fair, and balanced.

Students seek employment at The State News to develop their portfolio of skills, communicate effectively, think critically, and work cooperatively. Our non-MSU employed full-time professional staff provides the foundation, knowledge, and mentorship to foster an environment of learning and collaboration.

MSU does not fund the State News. By operating independently as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we rely solely on advertising and marketing sales, a student subscription tax, and ancillary income. Because of this, our staff is free from prior restraint or censorship and students are allowed complete editorial freedom to make news decisions to inform our community and hold those accountable when necessary. Our diverse, ethical, and accurate coverage has been recognized yearly by the most prestigious organizations in the industry, such as Associated Collegiate Press, Michigan Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

The State News' mission is to support and encourage responsible, diverse, trusted, ethical, unbiased, accurate, and fair media publishing to connect, explore, and enrich our readers' lives. We provide an open forum to the community for free expression and exchange of ideas, concerns, issues, trends, and information. We offer employment to students in journalism, creative design, social media management, media production, photography, editing, business, advertising sales, web development, broadcasting, new media, and nonprofit administration at an award-winning student media company. We encourage the values of integrity, tenacity, creativity, and honesty in the pursuit of excellence.

The State News Student Subscription tax

The State News and is an independent non-profit student media organization serving Michigan State University. MSU does not fund the State News. By operating independently as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we rely solely on advertising and marketing sales, ancillary income, and a student-voted subscription tax collected each semester. The subscription tax supports expenses involving student payroll, web hosting fees, marketing, printing, and other newsroom operation expenses. Because of this, our staff is free from prior restraint or censorship and students are allowed to make news decisions ethically and responsibly.

Through a 2017 referendum, the MSU student body voted to approve an increase in The State News’ tax. Subsequently, the MSU Board of Trustees approved The State News to continue to receive the student tax assessment under the same procedures in effect since 1971, the year it became a separately student-run incorporated organization.

If you are requesting a student tax refund, please fill out this online form.

Note: To process a refund of your subscription tax, you are required to provide proof of payment for tuition, fees, and registration as separate PDF Files.

For the fall and spring semesters, you must take action and request your refund before the end of the first two weeks (or the first 10 class days) of the semester. For summer, you must take action before the end of the first two weeks (or the first 10 class days) of the first session.

The State News Contact Information

The State News
435 E. Grand River Ave.
(entrance located in the alley)
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
(517) 295-1680

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By accessing this website, the user agrees that jurisdiction and venue for all legal actions or disputes against The State News and any of its employees shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the State of Michigan. Any legal action must be commenced in the 54B District Court of Michigan in East Lansing, Michigan, the Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan or the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Columns and editorial cartoons are opinions of the writers or artists, not of The State News. The State News encourages readers to submit letters to the editor. Letters can be dropped off or mailed to The State News at 435 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823, or submitted here. Please include your full name, year, major, email and cell phone number for confirmation on all letters. Letters may run online or in print, and all are subject to editing for length and clarity. Because of space limitations, letters that are 250 words or less are given priority for print. The State News will not intentionally alter a viewpoint presented in a letter, and opinions in letters are not the views of this newspaper. Anonymous or mass emailed letters will not be considered for publication.

The all-University student governing bodies and the on-campus residence governing groups will make available a yearly financial report to the student population and to the Division of Student Affairs and Services formatted by the executive committee of each all-University student governing body or on-campus residence governing group. If an all-University student governing body or on-campus residence governing group has subdivided its total fee assessment by major governing groups, organizations, or programs (see I.B.), the yearly financial report of the parent all-University student governing body or on-campus residence governing groups must contain information from these constituent major governing groups, organizations, or programs. The availability of this report shall be publicized by November 1 in a publication that is distributed campus-wide to their constituent students.