The 2015 MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop

July 26-30, 2015 | Michigan State University

Everybody has a story. We rely on journalists to find and tell them.

Explore how to tell stories that make a difference, go beyond the surface and get to the truth at the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop.

Spend five days on Michigan State University’s campus working with some of the best instructors in the nation. Then take what you learn back to your school newspaper, yearbook, video production or news website.

Don’t work on a student media staff? Our journalism-focused curriculum provides skills and techniques that you can apply in a variety of areas — from class to life. Become a better writer, explore print or digital media creation and find your voice.

You’ll make new friends for life, and we guarantee you’ll leave more energized than ever.

Health & Policy Forms

The health and policy forms must be completed and sent to MIPA to complete your registration.

Send form to:

MIPA Workshop
MSU School of Journalism
404 Wilson Road, Room 305
East Lansing, MI 48824
Fax: 517-355-7710
Or scan/photograph and email: [email protected]

It’s All [TRUE]

We’re taking our inspiration for 2015 from the movies. You’ll get a chance to preview a studio film, talk to people about documentary filmmaking and explore storytelling techniques that you can use right away. We’ll also help you hone your writing, reporting, photography, design, video production techniques and digital media skills.

Don’t Get Lost in a Crowd of Extras

We keep our classes small so you’ll get all the individual help you need. Learn the latest trends and innovations, plus get motivated and return home ready to make your student media the best it has ever been! Don’t work on the student media staff at your school? That’s OK, too. We’ll help you build your skills in writing, design, photography, video, business and more!

We have 25 different classes designed to meet your needs. You’ll be immersed in the class of your choice for the week.

There’s No Better Setting Than MSU

Held on one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop is the place you’ll want to be this summer. You’ll be able to sit on the banks of the Red Cedar River and visit all the cool spots on campus, including Beaumont Tower, the MSU Dairy Store and the International Center, where you’ll find a food court and the Spartan Bookstore.

The Action is On Campus

You’ll live on campus while attending the workshop, and you’ll be supervised by workshop personnel. We’ve got lots of activities for you. For those wishing to room with a friend, include his or her name on the registration form. Special dietary or housing needs? Let us know ASAP.

Easier to Find Than Your Theater Seat

Get directions and maps of campus. You should be dropped off at the workshop on Sunday and picked up on Thursday at noon. If you’re arriving via train, bus or plane, please make your own arrangements for transportation to and from campus. We strongly discourage local students from commuting because of limited campus parking and safety concerns. Contact us if you have travel questions.

A Better Value Than a Sunday Matinee

We don’t think you’ll find a better workshop value in the Midwest. The registration fee includes three square meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, a pizza party Sunday night and breakfast on Thursday; housing; tuition and a T-shirt. We offer discounts to MIPA members and for completing registration by our early deadline. Not sure if your school is a member of MIPA? Take a look or call us at 517-353-6761.

Help to Pay for Your Blockbuster Experience

Sponsor MeUse our crowd-funding system, SponsorMe, to raise money from the people you know toward your workshop registration. Start a campaign today! We’ve also got some other great fundraising ideas and scholarships.

What to bring? Where to go?

Download our registration packet for a list of what to pack, what supplies to bring, directions and a map and a schedule of the workshop. Parents: Download our Parent Guide for frequently asked questions, a schedule, workshop rules and phone numbers to reach us during the workshop.

Don’t forget to talk with your journalism adviser about supplies. And before you leave for the summer, grab copies of your newspaper, yearbook or broadcast program to bring along.

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Yeah, we’ve got some fine print, too. Please review our workshop policies. You’ll need to complete our policy form and health form before your registration is complete.


Contact the MIPA office at 517-353-6761 or [email protected].


For summer 2015, the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop is taking its inspiration from the movies.

You can be part of the fun by entering our trailer contest. Produce a one-minute “movie” trailer that fits one of several categories we’ll announce soon. We’ll announce the winners during the workshop opening ceremony.

Learn more

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Need help choosing the right class? Use our Summer Workshop Class Selection Guide.

Read course descriptions and view videos about each of our classes by selecting from the subject areas below. You’ll be asked to choose a first choice and a second choice when you register. We make every effort to place students in their first choice, but sometimes have to

View a list of all classes



$425 if registered and paid in full by June 10


  • $450 for MIPA member or out-of-state resident
  • $475 for non-MIPA member from Michigan

Add $30 late fee if registering after July 10

Please note: Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A $40 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a spot in a workshop class. Cancellations must be received by July 1 to receive a full refund (minus $40 non-refundable deposit). You may receive a 50 percent refund from July 2-25. Students who register, do not cancel and do not appear at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Not sure if you’re a MIPA member? Check our member list.

Health & Policy Forms

The health and policy forms must be completed and sent to MIPA to complete your registration.

Send form to:

MIPA Workshop
MSU School of Journalism
404 Wilson Road, Room 305
East Lansing, MI 48824

Fax: 517-355-7710

Email: [email protected]

Scholarships & Fundraising Help

MIPA has several scholarships to help students attend the summer workshop. The application deadline for student scholarships is May 29. Learn More

You also can use our crowdfunding system, SponsorMe, to raise money from people you know. Just start a campaign and share it!

Information for Advisers

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Teachers, visit your students on Adviser Day!

Tuesday is Adviser Day at the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop. Come visit your students, check out their classes and have lunch. Learn more and sign up!

Funding for new advisers & programs

Are you a new adviser or the adviser of a new program? MIPA has opportunities to help you pay to send a student to the workshop. Learn more and apply for a BOMR Scholarship.

Work at MIPA Camp!

MIPA is looking for adults and college students to work as floor counselors and activity assistants. This is a great opportunity for journalism teachers and students looking to be teachers. All workshop employees undergo a criminal background check by Michigan State University. Learn more and apply