NEW THIS YEAR: Students applying for JEA’s Journalist of the Year contest must submit a separate portfolio from the All-MIPA/Student Journalist portfolio. This is a return to past practice. Read more about this change here.

The All-MIPA and Student Journalist Staff competitions recognize graduating seniors in Michigan who are outstanding journalists. Honorees are recognized at the MIPA Spring Conference and students’ photos will be printed in the conference program.

Candidates for All-MIPA and Student Journalist Staff must be seniors. Each member school may nominate one candidate in each of the four areas of primary interest  — newspaperyearbookvideo and photojournalism — to be considered for All-MIPA and Student Journalist Staff. Candidates must indicate their area of primary interest on the entry form.

Selection is based on portfolios of students’ work. See entry guidelines and the scoring rubric for details. The top student in each of the four primary areas will be named All-MIPA. Judges may name other students worthy of recognition to the Student Journalist Staff.

Each All-MIPA winner will receive a $250 scholarship. These funds will be paid directly to the honoree’s college scholarship/financial aid office. It is up to honorees to contact the MIPA office after they have enrolled with information on where to send scholarships. Honorees must seek these funds within one year or the award money is null and void.

Download the entry form and application requirements. (PDF)