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Sunday, July 28 – Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

You are a writer. A photographer. A designer. A broadcaster. A maker.

You make websites, yearbooks, newspapers and broadcast programs. You make work that seeks to make a difference in your school and in your community.

And MIPA can help you make that work even more special.

Explore what you can make at the 2019 MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop. 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 ready to make an impact on the world.


  • $450 for MIPA member
  • $475 for non-MIPA member, Michigan resident
  • $450 for out-of-state resident
  • Plus $20 lab fee for classes requiring specialized software or equipment

Add $30 late fee if registering or paying after July 10

Not sure if your school is a MIPA member? Check our member list.

Small classes led by expert instructors

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 and more!

We have more than 20 classes designed to meet your needs. You’ll be immersed in one class for the week.

Our instructors include inspiring college professors, leading high school media educators and professional journalists.

Live and learn on a Big Ten campus

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.

You’ll live on campus while attending the workshop, and you’ll be supervised by MIPA’s workshop staff. 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 between 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday and picked up on Thursday at noon. We strongly discourage local students from commuting because of limited campus parking and safety concerns. If you’re arriving via train, bus or plane, please make your own arrangements for transportation to and from campus. Lansing’s airport maintains a list of taxi and car services in the East Lansing area. Michigan Flyer provides daily motorcoach service to and from Detroit Metro Airport. 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]

Resources for Media Advisers & Teachers

We’ve put together a variety of resources to help you talk to students and parents at the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop, including handouts, phone scripts and form letters you can send home. Visit our Teacher Toolbox

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 Grant. Deadline: May 31.

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!

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