A Better Press for a Better World.
When a group of student editors met in fall 1921 to form the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, they declared the new organization’s motto as “A Better Press for a Better World.” That phrase remains at the heart of nearly everything we do today. So to kick off our centennial year, we’re celebrating that motto and the important role journalism plays in a democracy at the 2021 MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a writer, photographer, designer, yearbook editor or news anchor — the work you do makes an impact in big and small ways. You help us better understand ourselves and our community, hold the powerful accountable, entertain us, shine a light on important issues and celebrate our accomplishments. Those are just some the important roles journalists play in making the world better, and why MIPA has spent the last century making better journalists.
2021 MIPA Summer Workshop Session Dates
- Session 1: July 19-23
- Session 2: July 26-30
- 2-Week Photo Master Class: July 19-30
We hope you’ll join us this summer! Enroll in up to one week-long course in each of our two sessions, or participate in one of a two-week MIPA Master Class in Photography.
Live online format with hands-on learning
Our 2021 program is online. Expect to meet with the instructor live via a video conferencing platform for sessions in the morning and afternoon. Instructors may also run lab periods, group work sessions or student meetings throughout the day. Check workshop course descriptions for specific schedules.
You also will have activities to complete each day and will receive feedback on all assignments.
Regular attendance is required to successfully complete our workshop classes. Live sessions generally are not recorded. Participants will receive a welcome packet with a full schedule and information on accessing our online platform prior to the start of their course.
Daily Course Schedule
Schedules for individual courses may vary, but are based on these general meeting times. All times are Eastern. Instructors take regular breaks throughout the day.
- 10 a.m.-Noon: Live Instruction
- Noon-12:45 p.m.: Lunch Break
- 1-3:30 p.m.: Live Instruction
Participants should plan for additional time each day to complete assignments, have group/team meetings or meet with the instructor.
Small classes with expert instructors
Our instructors include leading media educators and professional journalists from across the country.
We keep class sizes 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!
Open to students entering grades 7 through 12, and 2021 high school graduates!
- MIPA accepts participants entering grades 7-12 (for the upcoming fall) for any of our workshop courses.
- 2021 high school graduates may also participate!
Affordable cost, with financial aid options
We don’t think you’ll find a better media workshop value. The registration fee includes live interaction with an instructor and our expert team, fun activities, a T-shirt and a MIPA media badge.
We also have a variety of financial aid opportunities, including scholarships and a crowdfunding tool you can use at no cost to raise money toward your registration fee.
Deadline to apply for a scholarship: June 10.
Are you a new adviser or the adviser of a new media program?
MIPA has opportunities to help you pay to send a student to the workshop. Learn more and apply for a BOMR Grant. Deadline to apply: June 10
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
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: June 10