Join Onward State: Fall 2021 Application


Do you like to write? Do you like Penn State? Want your words read and your images seen by hundreds of thousands of like-minded people? Most importantly, do you like to have fun?

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again, folks. The advanced state is hiring for the upcoming semester and looking for new people to join our team to help tell the story of Penn State.

Simply put, Onward State is Penn State’s blog. We were founded with the intention of providing a combination of fair, authentic and sometimes humorous commentary; a critical and irreverent analysis; and relevant and accurate news, and we have been doing this since 2008.

Onward State covers a bit of everything that happens on campus or at State College. Sometimes that means covering Borough Council meetings, student life shenanigans, breaking news, or the latest happenings at Old Main. Other times it might mean recreate Happy Valley in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, follow the Jonas Brothers in town (again), or get the thoughts of preacher willard on Kanye West’s latest album. Hell, that could even mean one of our employees stand for 46 hours, tweet live, and eat 15 Bryce Jordan Center hot dogs during the THON weekend.

No matter what we do, we have a blast doing it. The best way to get a feel for what Onward State is doing is to look through our extensive archives.

Perhaps the best part of Onward State is the ability to build a professional portfolio outside of the classroom. By writing published articles and contributing eye-catching visual content, our people learn real skills and get tangible examples of their work. It’s no wonder Onward State has alumni at notable outlets like the the Wall Street newspaper, Athleticism, NFL Films, and more.

Onward State is made up of people from all walks of life at Penn State, and you certainly don’t need to be a communications major to fit in. Our staff includes born and raised Penn Staters, Happy Valley newbies, bilingual writers, people from as far away as California and Texas, and a visual editor on his way to an industrial engineering degree.

Ultimately, there is a place for everyone at Onward State… as long as you’re not boring. Penn State students of all ages are encouraged to apply – mostly freshmen!

We know this fall could be another unorthodox semester, but let me make one thing clear: The state ahead is not going anywhere. Since our founding, we have been operating only online, and we will continue to do so as the COVID-19 pandemic affects everyday life. We work hard to make sure new people can join our team without any issues.

Plus, with the return of sporting events and in-person activities, there are more opportunities to create at Penn State than ever before.

If any of these appeals to you, try Onward State. Applications to join our team are to be submitted before 5 p.m. on Friday, August 27. You will find The application, as well as a practical breakdown of our staff, below.


Onward State’s primary goal is to tell the story of Penn State and generate honest conversations with the hope of enriching the college community and its experience.

Lucky for you, it’s pretty straightforward. As a writer you would write the words we post on our site every day. Our editors cover everything around campus and in town, including student government, TUNA, the Board of directors, Pennsylvania State Sports, Sean Clifford’s dog, State College events, reviews of downtown restaurants, and many Following. We never force anyone to write a single topic, but a little knowledge about anything and everything will go a long way.

Didn’t you write for your high school journal? No problem. Remember that we are not journalists, we are only curious students who commit acts of journalism. For nearly 13 years, Onward State has welcomed people from all walks of life and from all walks of life. All you need is a passion for Penn State and a willingness to act on it.

As a wise Onward Stater once said, you can teach anyone proper grammar or how to write a basketball recap. We’re looking for people who want to start conversations, keep other Penn Staters informed, and use their work to make Happy Valley a better place.

There is only one requirement: you must wholeheartedly the Oxford comma.

Visual staff

After recruiting dedicated videographers and graphic designers last year, in addition to a large number of talented photographers, our visual team is bigger and better than ever. If you think your work deserves to be seen by a large audience at Penn State, we would probably agree.

Our photographers are provided with excellent opportunities to film events and show Penn State. This includes everything from filming football games straight from the sideline to capture the magic of THON or renowned concerts like the Jonah Brothers or Jason aldean.

Members of our visual team also help us create viral content to share with our hundreds of thousands of social media followers, such as the infamous “icepocalypse” video or Introduction to Friday Night Lights. We are always looking for help to add flair to our posts and produce more original visual content.

No matter what you want to create, Onward State is the place to do it.


Our generous partners allow us to continue doing what we do every day, and we are looking for Stellar Liaisons who can oversee our partnership program and coordinate with our Editorial Board to ensure these relationships continue to be mutually beneficial. This is the perfect concert for a person who believes in our mission and is delighted to bond with State College.

Technology, analytics, podcasts, newsletters, TikTok and literally everything in between

Writing articles and taking photos are our daily bread, but the media landscape is constantly changing. As technology advances and trends change, we are always looking for help and new ideas to transform Onward State into a modernized hub for Penn State news.

Whether you are looking to help strengthen our website, manage our analytics, increase our SEO game, or actually use the things you learned in COMM 310, we would love to add new people to our team to take our digital experience to the next level. and make Penn State history more accessible than ever.

In the past years, we have launched a TikTok page, introduces a new podcast, and founded our own Penn State Football Ticket Redemption. But there is still a long way to go and the possibilities are endless.

Do you like what you’ve heard so far? Please consider to apply today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Editor Matt DiSanto at [email protected]. We hope to see you on our masthead soon!

Matt is a journalism graduate and editor of Onward State. He’s a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football enthusiast, and failed batsman from Collegeville, PA. The quickest path to her heart is Margherita pizza and the “Arrested Development” quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate it.


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