The MIPA Meetup: MIPA’s Student Advisory Cohort connects student journalists around the state for collaborative work around journalism and serves as the student voice of the MIPA organization.
Each MIPA member student media program may select two delegates to join this group of engaged student journalists. The MIPA Meetup will meet in person at Fall Conference and via digital tools, such as a Slack discussion forum, throughout the school year.
The MIPA Meetup provides leadership, networking and activism through collaborative modes for student journalists around the state.
- Kaitlin Edgerton, Grosse Pointe South High School
- Video conference discussions with the MIPA Meetup to offer help and leadership to other students
- Online programming, such as a Twitter chat, once per month. The first session will be designed to gather topics of interest from members
- Slack channel for quick answers and networking on the spot
- Student exchange visits between schools to learn from other journalism programs
- In-person meet ups will take place at the fall conference, spring conference and informally at national conferences and other selected dates throughout the year
- Inexperienced staffs can get help from those staffers who know how to prepare a Golden Pen nomination.
- Through student collaboration, MIPA Meetup participants will share ideas about topics of interest: pitching story ideas, finding better angles, working with principals who are not pro journalism, making FOIA requests, finding good sources
- The group will act as the student voice of MIPA on matters of interest
- Members may participate in “takeovers” of MIPA social media accounts
Responsibility & Recognition
- Student members must receive a recommendation from their adviser to join
- Student members will be required to participate in MIPA Meetup activities to remain part of the group
- Select participants may be recognized at MIPA’s spring awards event
- Participants can use their engagement in the MIPA Meetup for their college applications
Rules of Conduct & Program Policies
As a youth program affiliated with Michigan State University, MIPA follows university rules and procedures to help ensure the safety of our participants. You will be expected to represent your school in a fitting manner by following the rules of the program. Failure to follow the program rules may result in implementation of disciplinary action, which could result in your removal from the cohort.
Participant Permission Forms
All forms can be completed and returned online, via mail or by fax. Forms require the signature of a parent or guardian or the participant if age 18 or older. To sign online, you will be asked to provide an email address for the parent/guardian to access the forms.
Before students can participate in any component of this program, we must have signed copies of the two forms included in this packet on file:
- Parent/Guardian Consent to Participate in our program
- Media Release Form, which provides permission for us to use photographs or recordings of participants under specific circumstances
Medical Authorization Form
This form is required for participants of in-person programs. The Medical Treatment Authorization Form provides us with important health information about the participant and provides permission to treat the participant in the event of an injury or other medical problem.Medical Form Students/Parents: Complete the Medical Form online
Youth Participant Transportation and Release of Responsibility Form
This form is required if the student is driving to a program activity or riding to or from activities with anyone other than a parent or guardian. A new copy of this form may be required for each in-person activity.Transportation Form Students/Parents: Complete the Transportation Form online
Complete Forms by Email, Postal Mail or Fax
- Download and print our permission forms to return by email, mail or fax:
- Consent to Participate and Media Release forms (PDF)
- Medical Treatment Authorization Form (PDF)
- Youth Participant Transportation and Release of Responsibility Form (PDF)
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