MIPA’s Spartan Critique competition allows member newspaper or newsmagazineyearbookvideo or website student media programs to get feedback from national leaders in their field. Participating media outlets may receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Spartan Award based on how well they meet MIPA’s student media standards. Student media free of prior review may receive their award “with Distinction.” Spartan Award winners are recognized at MIPA’s Spring Awards & On-Site Contests in April.

Your yearbook, video production, news website, newspaper or newsmagazine will be sent to an out-of-state judge who will evaluate the student media against the standards provided by MIPA in its critique booklet. Participating media outlets receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Spartan Award — MIPA’s highest honor — based on how well they meet MIPA’s student media standards. Winners of the Spartan Award will be recognized at the Spring Awards & On-Site Contests in April.

MIPA Student Media Hall of Fame

In 2002, MIPA launched its Hall of Fame to recognize student media with a tradition of excellence. To be inducted into the MIPA Hall of Fame, a student media outlet must accumulate nine Spartans in a 10-year span. Learn more

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A note about contests

MIPA strongly encourages administrators, students and teachers to participate in a range of competitions to evaluate how well a student media outlet meets course objectives and professional standards. Judging in any single contest or rating service is a subjective process, and each has slightly different rules, deadlines and entry criteria. Each critique you receive can be an important educational tool for the classroom, but no single contest can provide a complete assessment of the quality of a program. That’s why MIPA strongly discourages the use of our contests and critiques, regardless of the outcome of that contest or critique, in teacher evaluations.