Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, or MIPA, spring conference in Lansing, which hosts high school and middle school journalists from across Michigan who receive awards in newspaper, yearbook and video journalism. MIPA is something that is near and dear to my heart because I was, as they call attendees, a “MIPA kid,” and I remember the excitement I felt when I won awards during my time at Traverse City Central High School’s student newspaper, The Black & Gold.
The times are changing in the media world. With a new digital era, many news organizations are trying to figure out how to best present information to our readers.
I’ve lived in a lot of places. I’ve lived in a house with a colorful cast of characters in East Lansing, I’ve lived in an apartment in Columbus, Ohio, with three complete strangers (in a place that hates the entire state of Michigan, no less) and I’ve lived in the dorms by myself and with other people.