Celebrate your year with MIPA!

We’re excited about celebrating journalism and presenting awards to Michigan students.

MIPA’s annual Spring Awards event is focused on awards — lots of awards! Most students will meet for the exciting awards presentation in the morning, while others will take part in the On-Site Contests.

Enjoy watching all of the awards MIPA will be presenting in the morning. They include Individual Category Contests for yearbook, newspaper, digital media and video production; Golden Pen; and MIPA’s all-state Student Journalist Staff!

Advisers are invited to join us for lunch and MIPA’s annual membership meeting.

Awards will continue in the afternoon and we’ll end with the Spartan Awards presentation.

More Information

Order Honor Cords

Outstanding graduating seniors at MIPA member student media outlets are invited to wear MIPA student media honor cords at graduation. The MIPA honor cord program is designed to be a select privilege to recognize academic achievement and superior work in journalism or school media. Cords must be ordered by student media advisers, who are responsible for verifying that students meet the spirit of this honors program.

  • Pre-orders for pickup at the Spring Awards must be placed two weeks before the event date. MIPA cannot guarantee we will have enough cords in stock if you do not pre-order.
  • Cords can be shipped directly to your school.
  • Order cords or learn more

On-Site Contests

MIPA is making some changes to many of the on-site contests associated with the Spring Awards event. We hope that these changes will allow staff to focus attention on the main event and to explore new opportunities for activities in the future. On-site contests will only be held in these categories:
  • News/feature video
  • Cinematography

Other Spring Contests

MIPA has several additional special contests that deadline May 8. Participation in the Spring Awards event is not required:

Annual Meeting

Advisers, meet up with your adviser friends during the adviser luncheon and network with others throughout the day. The annual MIPA business meeting will take place at the luncheon. Students have lunch on their own.

Members vote on candidates for office and receive a report on the operations of the organization.


MIPA’s annual contests recognize students for their individual work and the collective work of their student media outlet. The organization also occasionally recognizes advisers, administrators and other supporters of scholastic journalism for their outstanding work.


  • $13 per student (MIPA members)
  • $15 per student (non-members)
  • $25 per member adviser (includes lunch); $13 without lunch
  • $30 per non-member adviser (includes lunch); $15 without lunch
  • $13 per chaperone from member school attending awards event
  • $15 per chaperone from nonmember school attending awards event
  • $25 per person general admission
  • Save $1 per student when you pre-pay by April 16
  • Cancellations & Refunds: Cancellations must be received by 5 p.m. April 20 to receive a refund. Early discount registrations are nonrefundable after this date.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Registration Opens: 8 a.m.
Individual Awards: 9-11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Spartans Awards: 12:15-1 p.m.

Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48833

Please review our event policies. It is understood that by the act of registering students for an event, advisers assume responsibility for their students’ behavior and well-being during a MIPA activity.

On-Site Video Contests

Students can compete during the awards event in news/feature video or cinematography on-site contests.

Sign up for contests with your event registration.

Students conduct a video interview.