A message from MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop Director Chad Sanders:

MIPA camp is one of the best summer camp deals around. For under $400, you get room, board and a journalism experience you’ll never forget. And thanks to MIPA’s online fundraising site, SponsorMe, and matching grants from The Argus-Press of Owosso, getting to MIPA camp is completely within reach!

Here’s what you do:

Go to and set up an account. It takes, like, two or three minutes to get started. Now, you’ve got your personal page on our great new crowdfunding site. Share it like crazy! Post it to your wall, tweet it, mail it in an old-timey envelope to relatives who still read mail that is written on actual paper! Anyone who wants to help out can simply go to your page, and donate to your campaign. It can be any amount! Last year, one MIPA camper completely funded her way to camp this way, and no one pledge was more than $20!

If you don’t raise your whole registration fee, that’s OK. Whatever you raise will be deducted from your total and you only need to pay the balance. The amount you raise is updated in real-time on the website.

But I haven’t talked about the best part! I totally buried the lead. Up to $50 you earn will be matched by a generous scholarship from The Argus-Press of Owosso. If you’re decent at math, that means if you raise $50, that’s automatically $100! This deal only lasts until the matching funds are gone, so the early bird gets the worm. Even if you miss out on the $50, you still can use SponsorMe to get help from everyone you can!

Also, the deadline for MIPA scholarships is May 31. There are quite a few chances for help with camp this way, as well. Go to our MIPA-palooza page at for all the info.

Rock on!


P.S. Our $399 workshop rate goes up after June 15! So act fast to get the best deal. Register today!