Student Media: The State Press

The State Press is Arizona State University's award-winning, student-run news organization — combining a 120-year tradition of excellence with a passion for leading-edge, digital journalism.

The State Press covers all things ASU, including campus news, sports, culture, arts and entertainment.

State Press journalists publish in all media formats and work on breaking news stories, in-depth investigative pieces, long-form magazine articles, documentary video projects, social media campaigns and more.

Student editors chosen by ASU’s Student Media Advisory Board lead and manage The State Press. They hire and supervise fellow student journalists, who serve in a variety of positions, including reporters, photographers, videographers, opinion columnists and graphic designers. These positions are open to full-time students of any major. Students have exclusive control of all editorial content.

Through ASU’s Department of Student Media, State Press journalists receive support, advisement and professional training.

Students working at The State Press may participate simultaneously in any of the Cronkite School’s immersive professional programs. Work schedules and training are designed to complement those programs and to give students a well-rounded experience as well as quality work samples they can use in their search for internships and jobs.

State Press alumni have gone on to work at The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico, The Huffington Post, The Onion,, and a host of distinguished regional and local media outlets, including The Minneapolis StarTribune, The Palm Springs Desert Sun and The Arizona Republic.

The State Press is an all-digital, multimedia outlet. In 2013, was named one of the top-three college news websites in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The State Press also has been recognized as one of the most innovative student media organizations in the country by the College Media Association, The Poynter Institute and the Associated Collegiate Press.
State Press adviser Jason Manning is a faculty member at the Cronkite School, where he teaches Journalism & Technology and co-teaches Latino Issues and Depth Reporting. He also has served as managing editor for the Cronkite School’s News21 and Borderlands initiatives.

Prior to joining ASU, Manning was politics editor for, where he led the website’s coverage of the federal government and national campaign politics. He has also held positions at PBS NewsHour and U.S. News & World Report.

Manning holds a master’s degree in history from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida, where he also earned a certification in Latin American Studies.

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