MIPA offers a variety of training opportunities, including options for graduate-level college credit and free professional development opportunities, for journalism advisers. Learn more about our key programs.


MSU Adviser Courses

MIPA partners with the Michigan State University School of Journalism to offer journalism education courses for teachers and students pursuing teacher certification. These seven-week classes are part of MSU’s program to be certified to teach journalism by the Michigan Department of Education.

You may enroll in these courses for college credit at MSU’s tuition rates or not-for-credit for $425. Scholarship opportunities are available.

These classes are offered online, so you can take them from wherever you are without commuting to campus. Our journalism education curriculum includes the following courses (click on the course title for more information, including how to enroll):

  • SUMMER 2018: Photojournalism for Advisers (JRN 808/JRN 310): Learn tips on how to compose strong photos, how to get the most out of your camera and what it takes to be a photojournalist — all while developing techniques to teach these skills in your own classroom. Offered summer semester of even-numbered years.
  • Next scheduled for SUMMER 2019: Advising for Secondary Teachers (JRN 409/809): This course will cover all aspects of publishing student news in print and online, including reporting, writing and editing; photography; staff organization; legal and ethical issues; design and student assessment. Offered summer semester of odd-numbered years.
  • Next scheduled for SUMMER 2019: Designing Student Media (JRN 808/JRN 336): Learn about typography, use of images, page hierarchy, color, grids, alternative story forms and more. By the end of the course, you’ll feel empowered to help your students create newspaper, newsmagazine and yearbook pages that will be more exciting, vibrant and contemporary. Offered summer semester of odd-numbered years.


MIPA launched its EdCamp “unconferences” for media advisers in summer 2014. These grassroots events are designed to help advisers share best practices, connect with each other and pick up tips that they can immediately apply in their own classrooms.

MIPA EdCamps are free and take place throughout the state during the summer. Topics to be discussed are determined the day of the event with the input of attendees — who might just end up as presenters! Bring a flash drive of your classroom files and a list of the things you hope to learn about. Worried that you’re not an expert? With the pace of changes in education and media, who is? Come explore the key issues you face with colleagues who are facing the same things. MIPA’s network of advisers is a great resource. Tap into it at an EdCamp.

Learn more about scheduled EdCamps