Due to a large number of weather-related school closings across the state, MIPA is extending the deadline for all contests to Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

This includes the individual category contest; Spartan newspaper, video and website critiques; Student Journalist Staff; Golden Pen; John Field Award; and Administrator of the Year.

All material published or broadcast by Feb. 24 will be eligible for the individual category contest.

The contest submission system will close at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 24. Entries that require materials to be mailed to the MIPA office must be postmarked by Feb. 24. Payment should be submitted by this date so that all contest entries can be processed by judging day.

The late deadline for Spartan critiques for newspapers, news websites and video productions remains March 20. Material published/broadcast between Feb. 24 and March 20 may be submitted for the late Spartan deadline. However, please note that MIPA cannot guarantee that critiques submitted for the late deadline will be completed by the Spring Awards event.