Sunday, July 31 – Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 | Michigan State University

Journalists don’t do what they do hoping for a ribbon. The prizes they seek are harder to quantify.

Invite discussion. Shine a light. Bring people together. Build community.


Don’t just take our word for it. Click here to see what real students are saying about the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop.

It’s the 100th birthday of the Pulitzer Prize. To help celebrate this milestone, MIPA wants to help you and your staff focus on your best work. We’ll be looking at the best journalism from the past 100 years for inspiration, and inviting prize-winning journalists to talk about their famous works. We’ll ask them this question: as a journalist, what do you prize most? Trust us, you want to be here this summer.

You’ll 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.

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Small class sizes

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 24 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.

Live 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.

Easy to get to, from wherever you are

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.


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.

We can help you pay for your registration!

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.

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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]

Already registered and need to make a payment on your balance? Click here

What to bring? Where to go? What to expect?

Students: Download our Registration Packet

Parents: Download our Parent Guide

Get the MIPA Guide for your smartphone, including schedules, maps and other important information.


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



Save $25 if registered and paid in full by June 10


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

Add $30 late fee if registering or paying 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. Get the forms here

Scholarships & Fundraising

MIPA has several scholarships to help students attend the summer workshop. The application deadline for student scholarships is May 31. 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