9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, March 17 | Michigan State University

MIPA’s One-Day Workshops provide students and advisers a chance to take their skills to the next level. Spend a day at the Michigan State University School of Journalism getting hands-on training in a variety of skill areas for student media outlets.

Take the time to learn the tools you’ve been meaning to get to all year. The One-Day Workshops also are a great way to train new staff members and leaders to prepare for next year.

Enrollment is limited, so don’t wait until the last minute to register!

Bring your own lunch or add lunch for only $5 to your workshop registration.

Hands-on Classes

InDesign for Publications

Instructor: TBA

  • Using tools
  • Placing text and graphics
  • Formatting text
  • Importing photos
  • Designing a basic page
  • Using grids effectively
  • Selecting type
  • Using libraries and styles

Newspaper (re)Design Clinic

Instructor: C.E. Sikkenga, Grand Haven HS

This course is intended for students who are fairly new to design and want to start working on the design of their publications for the 2017-18 school year.  The course will focus on three main areas:

  • First part of the course will be a basic intro to design theory that will give you a vocabulary you can use with each other and your staffs.
  • From there we will look at what’s trending in publication design right now and discuss how these techniques can be adapted to a variety of coverage concepts.
  • In the last portion of the class, we will give you time to work in teams on some design/redesign ideas for your publication with the chance to get input from an instructor.

Bring copies of your paper as well as any inspiration pages from other publications.


Instructor: Ike Lea, Lansing Community College

  • Toning photos for publication
  • Sizing photos for resolution
  • Organizing files
  • Creating cutouts

Phoning it in

Instructor: Mike Castellucci, Michigan State University School of Journalism

Mike Castellucci is an Edward R. Murrow Award recipient and 20-time Emmy winner for his broadcast journalism work. His innovative work with his iPhone has grabbed attention around the world. In a broadcast television first, Mike shot an entire half-hour special on his iPhone. This course will include:

  • Learn how to produce professional-level video packages using your smartphone
  • Get video storytelling tips from an award-winning professional
  • Learn about and test technology to turn your smartphone into a professional-level video tool
  • Bring your smartphone! (iPhone preferred, but Android devices will work, too)

One-Day, Your Way!

Spartan Work Room – NEW for 2017!

Instructor: TBA

Need some time away from school for yourself or a small group of student journalists to get an important project done? Bring your work to the Spartan Work Room!

  • Take some time for a special project while your students pick up skills in our other workshop courses.
  • Bring your future media leaders together to plan and prepare for next year.
  • Work by yourself, or tap into help from other advisers. Our work room will be staffed by advisers from award-winning yearbooks and newspapers who are there to help you, if needed, meet your goals for the day.
  • Share resources in an informal way with our expert advisers and other participants on leadership development, grading, lesson-planning, deadline management and more.
  • Computer lab space available. A limited number of small meeting rooms also are available by request for a fee. (Tell us your needs when registering.)
  • Free for individual advisers.
  • Small groups can use the Work Room for free if you have a student enrolled in any of our other workshop courses.
  • $25 fee for private meeting rooms. (Private meeting space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.)
  • Tell us your project and any special needs when registering!


Hands-on courses

  • $35 per person from a MIPA member school
  • $45 per person from a non-MIPA member school
  • Advisers, attend one of our courses free when you bring five students! (Lunch not included.) Members: Use discount code adviserfree35 when registering. Non-members: Use discount code adviserfree45 when registering. Make sure you include yourself in the registration count for the class of your choice.

Work room

  • Free for individual advisers
  • $35 per group for small groups. Use the work room for free if students enroll in any of our hands-on workshop courses!
  • $25 for a private meeting room


Registration: 8-9 a.m.
Morning Class Session: 9-11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-Noon
Afternoon Class Session: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Departure: 1:30 p.m.


  • $5 per person
  • Includes pizza, pop, chips and a cookie
  • If you want to bring your own lunch, that’s OK, too


Michigan State University Communication Arts & Sciences Building
404 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Directions and parking information for MSU’s Communication Arts & Sciences Building