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Help MIPA support the amazing student journalists of the Detroit High School Journalism Program

Angelica Euseary and MIPA instructor Bobby Hawthorne

Angelica Euseary of Renaissance High School works with instructor Bobby Hawthorne at the 2014 MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop. Students spend five days at Michigan State University with some of the best scholastic journalism and media instructors in the nation.

The Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and the Michigan State University School of Journalism have launched a fundraising campaign to provide scholarships for Detroit High School Journalism Program students to attend the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop at MSU as well as attend other educational programs throughout the school year.

The effort aims to provide at least 10 scholarships per year for Detroit high school students to attend MIPA’s five-day summer camp at MSU. The MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop welcomes hundreds of students from across Michigan and around the country for a week of hands-on classes focused on journalism and media production skills.

In fall 2014, the School of Journalism took over management of the Detroit High School Journalism Program from the Detroit Free Press, which founded the effort in 1985. The program helps provide support and mentoring to journalism programs at 13 high schools in the city of Detroit. MIPA is working with the School of Journalism and other partners of the program to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.

“Strong journalism programs are a unique educational tool that schools can use to help students become college- and career-ready,” said Jeremy Steele, MIPA’s executive director and a faculty specialist in the School of Journalism, which hosts the nonprofit organization. “Journalism programs are well-positioned to boost academic standards through the practical application of writing, development of strong research skills, real-world use of technology and encouragement of civic engagement.

“Few English and language arts programs provide such a well-rounded curriculum for today’s students.”

In addition to the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop, Detroit High School Journalism program students also attend MIPA’s Fall Conference, which features nearly 80 breakout sessions led by professional journalists and journalism educators.

Donations to support MIPA programming for Detroit High School Journalism Program can be made at


Founded in 1921 and housed in the Michigan State University School of Journalism, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association is a nonprofit organization composed of scholastic journalism teachers and publications advisers and their students. MIPA is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in scholastic journalism at all levels through education, training and support of student journalists and their advisers.