About Us

Founded in 1933, the The Arbiter is Boise State’s independent student newspaper. Our print issues are published and distributed on Tuesday, and new articles are published online daily. The Arbiter is produced by an undergraduate staff of paid, volunteer members, and students enrolled in journalism classes offered through the Department of Communication.  

The Arbiter is a branch of Student Media, a department that fosters student creativity and leadership skills. The University Pulse, Boise State’s student radio station, is also a part of Student Media.

Student Media has a physical location that is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and located on the ground floor of the Lincoln Parking Garage across from the Student Union Building on Boise State’s campus. Students are welcome to visit and talk with members of The Arbiter or the University Pulse about news on campus or getting involved.

Students can also contact editorial staff members by emailing us at editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

The first copy of each issue of The Arbiter is free to all campus-community members. Each additional issue costs $1. The Arbiter curates coverage of on-campus events and news to ensure students and faculty members stay informed on timely and relevant issues. It is widely read by undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, administrators, and staff.


To report a correction, email editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

Joining The Arbiter

Any Boise State student can join The Arbiter’s staff. We offer a number of paid positions for undergraduate students made available on BroncoJobs. Check BroncoJobs each semester for open positions. These positions are highly competitive and often filled by in-house hires.  We recommend interested students get involved by joining the Communication 119/319 class. In the class they will be taught how to write and report by covering a number of on-campus topics and issues. Students in this class will receive one-on-one feedback from our editors on each of their stories.

Students can also join The Arbiter team as volunteer reporters, columnists, or photographers. All volunteers who join The Arbiter’s staff will receive the appropriate training and will understand professional and ethical standards. The time commitment necessary to be a volunteer staff member depends entirely on the interest and availability of the staffer, and The Arbiter is always looking for student volunteers interested in contributing to the paper.

If you are interested in joining the editorial staff of The Arbiter, contact the Editor-in-Chief at editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu. If you are interested in joining as a photographer or videographer, contact the Digital Content Editor at digitalcontent@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

Submitting stories

Any undergraduate student can submit a story to The Arbiter without any prior contact with the editorial staff. The Arbiter has the right to change the language or structure of any article submitted to us, and decide whether or not any article is to be published.

We expect all quotes and information in submissions to be attributed to the correct source and to be accurate. The Arbiter has worked hard to create a trusting relationship with its readers. Any submissions that appear to be misleading or untrue will be denied publication.

Pitching a story idea for our consideration

Anyone can inform us about a story by emailing us a brief description of what the story might entail and possible sources to editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

Adding an event to our weekly calendar

Events can be submitted for The Arbiter’s consideration. In order for an event to be considered, it must include in an email or a link to a webpage that contains: information about the event, the date of the event, the creators of the event, and pricing information about the event. The Arbiter has the final say in what events are put in the weekly calendar. An event can be submitted for consideration by emailing the editor at editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

Letter to the Editor

Readers who are interested in responding to an article or bringing a topic to light can do so by  submitting a letter to the editor. These letters can be no longer than 300 words and must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief before going in print or online. The Arbiter reserves the right to edit all material based on grammar and space requirements. Send letters to editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

The opinions expressed in The Arbiter are those of the writers and not necessarily those of The Arbiter.


To send packages or arts & entertainment press kits to individual editors, send the package to:

Student Media
MS 1340
1910 W University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725

All mail will need to be addressed to the Student Media offices as well as the specific editor being contacted.

For any other questions or concerns, contact us at editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.


For pricing information about advertising in print or online, please contact our sales team at shannonreilly@boisestate.edu. The Arbiter has the right to edit all ads placed online and in the paper for grammar, spacing, and content.

Online Inquiries

For questions regarding The Arbiter’s weekly newsletter, social media account, or website contact the Online Editor at onlineeditor@stumedia.boisestate.edu. For website support, please contact support@stumedia.boisestate.edu.

For all other inquires, you may use the contact form located on the Contact page.