Phyllis Rose, formerly of the Kalamazoo Gazette, was recognized by MIPA in 2015 for her contributions to scholastic journalism
Phyllis Rose, formerly of the Kalamazoo Gazette, was recognized by MIPA in 2015 for her contributions to scholastic journalism.

The John V. Field Award recognizes a person who is not currently a student media adviser for their significant contributions to scholastic journalism in Michigan. The award was first given in 1972 to John Field, who served as the executive director of MIPA for more than 20 years when MIPA was housed at the University of Michigan.

Prior to the creation of the John V. Field Award, MIPA issued a series of annual special citations of appreciation to people who served scholastic journalism. Those special citation honorees, as well as Field Award winners, are listed below.

Selection is based on a nomination letter and supporting materials that detail the contribution the nominee has made to scholastic journalism. The annual deadline for this contest is in February.

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Complete the online nomination form here (opens in a new window)

Previous John V. Field Award Honorees

1970s

1972

John V. Field

1973

Edmund Arnold
Saginaw News
Jenine Kemp
East Lansing Towne Courier
Harry Stapler

1974

Tom Rood

1975

Rita Abent

1976

Mattie Crump

1977

Gilbert Mainenknecht

1978

Col. Joseph M. Murphy

1979

Detroit News
Detroit Free Press

1980s

1981

Bob Talbert, Detroit Free Press

1982

Stan Soffin, Michigan State University

1983

Charlie Manos, Detroit News

1984

Mary Benedict, Indiana University

1985

Janet Mendler, U-M News and Information Services

1986

Richard Johns, Quill and Scroll Society

1987

Neal Shine, Detroit Free Press

1988

Kenson Siver, Southfield Public Schools

1989

Craig Trygstad, Youth Communication

1990s

1990

The Macomb Daily
Detroit Free Press

1991

Rep. H. Lynn Jondahl, D-Okemos

1992

Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press

1993

Lorraine Reuther, Alpena Community College

1994

Saginaw News

1995

Larry Mack, Jackson HS (retired)

1996

Lorraine Miller, Walsworth Publishing
Bob Button, Virgina High School League

1997

Lansing State Journal
Quick Print–Kalamazoo/Plainwell

1999

David Stedwell, Marycrest International University

2000s

2001

H.L. Hall, JEA President

2002

Bobby Hawthorne, Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC), Texas

2003

Jane Briggs-Bunting, Oakland University
Mark Goodman, Student Press Law Center

2004

Joe Grimm, Detroit Free Press

2005

Mike McCullough, Editor, Battle Creek Enquirer

2006

Tom Campbell, Argus-Press, Owosso

2007

Ike Lea, Lansing Community College

2009

Cheryl Pell, Michigan State University
Erin Hill, Detroit Free Press

Special Citations

Prior to 1972, MIPA made a series of special citations of appreciation to persons who, although not actually advising school publications at the time, had done so in the past or had served scholastic journalism peripherally. Among the individuals honored were:

  • Helen J. Hanlon (1959)
  • Ruth M. Barns (1959)
  • Leslie George Carter (1961)
  • Dorothy Rich (1962)
  • Lawrence Niblett (1962)
  • Lizetta Harris (1963)
  • Harry Stapler (1964)
  • Charles Follo (1966)
  • Bernadine M. Staples (1967)
  • Robert Hughes (1968)
  • Henry Maloney (1969)
  • Wilton C. Scott (1970)
  • Ryll Clark (1971)
  • Merle Loch (1971)
  • Jerry Gerich (1971)
  • George Kiesel (1971)