Thursday, May 28, 2020

The State News

Founded March 10, 1909, The State News is the official nonprofit, independent student media group serving Michigan State University and the surrounding community. The student-run media organization operates a website,, and distributes a print newspaper on Tuesdays during the fall and spring semesters. Through its SNworks division, the organization provides design, hosting, support integrated with a custom content management system to more than 55 university and commercial media outlets across the country.

With over 55,000 students, and 20,000 faculty and staff, Spartans make up the lifeblood of our audience. Our off-campus office sits on the corner of Grand River and Division across from MSU.

Our paid student positions of reporters, editors, creative design, advertising, marketing, business, operations, digital, social, web development, and programmers join forces with the community and local businesses to communicate to our readership in an involved and compelling way. Our non-MSU employed full-time professional staff provides the foundation, knowledge, and mentorship to foster an environment of learning and collaboration with our students.

The State News aids students in building skills that have consistently led to impactful careers and opportunities. 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.

As a completely separate nonprofit organization, The State News operates solely on advertising sales revenue, student tax, community and alumni donations. Independence means our staff is free from potential censorship or oversight, which allows complete editorial freedom to support and lift our communities, and to hold those accountable when necessary. The State News is one of the last remaining independent nonprofit higher education media organizations left in the United States. We are continually grateful to our communities and benefactors for the support provided to fund the vital work our student journalists do.

The State News tax

The State News and are independent nonprofit student media organization/publications. This student-run newspaper is partially funded by a student-voted tax collected each semester. The charges levied support payroll for student positions. The student-voted and MSU Board of Trustees approved The State News to continue to receive student tax assessments under the same procedures that have been in effect since The State News, Inc., became a separately incorporated organization. The State News is physically located at 435 Grand River Avenue, across from Olin Health Center.

If you are requesting a refund of The State News tax, please fill out this online form. You will be required to provide PDF's of proof of payment and registration. For fall and spring semesters, you must take action 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. (lobby entrance located in the alley)
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 295-1680

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Legal Notice

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. Because of space limitations, letters that are 250 words or less are given priority. 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 year, major, and phone number for confirmation on all letters. Letters may run in the print or World Wide Web versions, and all are subject to editing for length and clarity. The State News will not intentionally alter a viewpoint presented in a letter, and opinions in letters are not necessarily the views of this newspaper. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication.