East Lansing Info, East Lansing’s independent nonprofit news service, has expanded its editorial staff with the naming of Lucas Day as City Desk Editor.
Day comes to ELi with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. A native of northern Michigan, he also holds an associate of arts degree from Northern Central Michigan College.
In this 20-hour-per-week position, Day will be monitoring East Lansing governmental affairs to organize our coverage in collaboration with Managing Editor Julie Seraphinoff. He will also be doing reporting. Day filed his first report for ELi this week, covering public comment at Council over a police shooting last April.
“I am excited to work with Lucas in his role as ELi’s city desk editor,” Seraphinoff said. “He brings a strong background as a reporter and writer after graduating from MSU, working for the State News and other news outlets. But equally exciting is the energy and enthusiasm he brings to our task of providing citizens with solid coverage of the issues and people in our community.”
In his letter of application to ELi for an editorial position, Day said he would “value the opportunity to work for an outlet with such a strong commitment to shining light on the most important issues.”
Having been a beat reporter for The State News, Day has a strong understanding of local government and town-gown relations.
He has also worked for The Graphic/Petoskey News-Review, Great Lakes Echo and The St. Ignace News and interned with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness.
Day is currently broadening his education and skills by earning a master of social work degree from MSU. His long-term professional interests fall in the areas of investigative journalism, particularly with regard to issues of justice.
Support for ELi’s operations comes from local members of the community who contribute through donations and subscriptions to East Lansing Insider. The operation runs on approximately $200,000 per year in total.