THE STATE NEWS is the student newspaper of
* 1 History * 2 Controversy and criticism * 3 Journalistic opportunity * 4 Publishing and distribution * 5 Hall of Fame * 6 References * 7 External links
The State News traces its roots to March 10, 1909. It was first
dubbed The Holcad, chosen by the president of the then-Michigan
Agricultural College . Holcad was the name of a ship that carried news
from seaport to seaport in ancient
In 1925, the newspaper changed its name to the
In 1971, the newspaper was spun off from the university into a nonprofit corporation, State News Inc., governed by its own board of directors. The move was designed to protect the student publication from interference by university administrators who might disagree with its content. Its incorporation also protected the university from liability of anything published in The State News. The newspaper's masthead references this, referring to the publication as "Michigan State University's Independent Voice."
In August 2005, The State News moved its offices from the Student Services Building, where it had resided since the building's opening in 1957, to an off-campus location at 435 E. Grand River Ave. Prior to its location at the Student Services Building, the newspaper had its offices in the MSU Union.
In August 2014, the newspaper switched from a broadsheet to a tabloid format.
CONTROVERSY AND CRITICISM
On election day, 1948, The State News, going to press at 7 a.m., became the only morning daily to place Harry S. Truman in the lead for President.
In June 1950, the first issue of the summer edition of The State News
carried an editorial critical of the
When the local Congressman demanded in 1950 that
In November 1965, four State News editors resigned over the faculty adviser's and the lead editor's decision to spike a story involving Paul Schiff, who claimed he was denied re-admission to MSU for his political views.
Internal controversies include a group of junior editors dissatisfied
with the editor-in-chief starting a weekly newspaper,
In April 1977, a one-day newsroom staff walkout followed the board's appointment of the next top editor when the staff's recommendation was not picked.
In 2000, The State News published Fetus-X which regularly contained psychedelic pictures of Jesus breakdancing with dead babies. After protests from the Catholic League , The State News fired artists Eric Millikin and Casey Sorrow.
In 2003, an advertisement printed in the State News showed Palestinians celebrating in the street while Israelis lit candles and prayed. The advertisement's caption claimed that these were the reactions to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Pro-Palestinian groups protested outside the MSU Student Services building and demanded that their student fees be refunded.
Veterans Day , 2005, editorial cartoonist Mike Ramsey drew a piece
that showed a
World War II
In 2008, the
The State News received criticism in 2010 for replacing some of its
comics with games/puzzles, including new additions of a giant
crossword, Octo, Word Finder and Pathem puzzles. In 2010 the State
News published Crosswords , Pathem puzzles,
Many of the paper's staffers have gone on to professional internships and jobs at the nation's largest newspapers. Alumni of The State News work for news organizations around the world.
The newspaper has won the Associated Collegiate Press ' Pacemaker award 15 times (in 1963, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009 for print; 2014 for online). The award is considered one of college journalism's top prizes. It won in 2003 for coverage of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and a campus riot later in the spring of that year. The State News was also a Pacemaker finalist in 1987, 2010, 2011 and 2017 and an online Pacemaker finalist in 2005, 2009 and 2017.
Society of Professional Journalists
Reporters often travel to cover news, especially to out-of-state
sporting events, such as the 2009 presidential inauguration, the 2012
Democratic and Republican national conventions, the 2014 Rose Bowl
Game and 2015 men's Final Four. Clinics and professional development
opportunities are provided. A staff photographer at the paper has been
named Michigan's College
Alumni also have won
Pulitzer Prizes , including M.L. Elrick who was
part of the
Detroit Free Press staff that won the journalism award in
April 2009 for their coverage of the texting message scandal of
Jim Mitzelfeld won in 1994 for beat reporting at The
Investigative work by Charles Robinson at Yahoo! Sports led to the revocation of USC football player Reggie Bush's 2005 Heisman Trophy. Robinson later uncovered millions of dollars in illegal compensation to several dozen football players at the University of Miami (Fla.).
Other recent alums of note include Jemele Hill, co-host of "SportsCenter" on ESPN; and Steve Eder, a presidential campaign reporter for The New York Times.
PUBLISHING AND DISTRIBUTION
The State News has a readership of more than 65,000 students, faculty, staff and residents of the cities surrounding the university. Free copies of the paper are available online or at green-colored newsstands around campus and the city. The State News prints 7,000 copies of the paper Thursdays during the Fall and Spring semesters. The print edition is not published on weekends , holidays , the summer semester or semester breaks, though news is constantly updated at statenews.com (which garners more than 5 million page views annually) and via social media (the State News' Twitter feeds have around 30,000 followers). In 2012, The State News began marketing its Gryphon content management system to other college newspapers under the moniker of SNworks (www.getsnworks.com). Gryphon is now being used by more than three dozen student-run papers at North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, South Carolina, New Mexico, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State, UM-Flint, Otterbein and other universities, in addition to The State News itself.
HALL OF FAME
In 2006, the State News Alumni Association honored the first 15 inductees to its State News Hall of Fame. 31 additional names have been added through 2009. The first class included:
* A.A. Applegate, MSU journalism chairman and mentor to students at
The State News, 1936–1955;
* Len Barnes, news staff and editor, 1938–1942, who along with
Sheldon Moyer, is credited with taking
The State News from a
three-day-a-week paper to a five-day-a-week paper featuring a wire
* Lou Berman, general manager, 1961–1972, who is credited with
saving the newspaper from potential ruin;
* Ben Burns, reporter and editor, 1958–1963, who is a former
executive editor of The