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Unis learns, wins at Michigan State journalism day

5 Comments 22 December 2011 By Hussein Mackie and Bahaa Abazeed
Unis Middle School

Oh my god, don’t say our bus is LATE AGAIN to the MIPA Conference! It is the second year of journalism at Unis Middle School. We were invited to the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association conference in Lansing, Mich., which teaches young journalists how to improve our writing and video stories.

Signs at every classroom announced the seminars.

The MIPA conference is an annual event that gives some tips to middle-school journalists. Many schools that have yearbooks, newspapers, and online newspapers attend.

Three seminars that are about one hour long tell us about alternative ways to write. Our very own Joe Grimm and Emilia Askari were teaching classes. Emilia Askari was teaching a class about Flip cameras, Flip Out! Joe Grimm was teaching a class about journalism ethnics. Competitions were judges at the conference and winners announced at the end. Yearbook, video, newspaper, and online awards were given to winners chosen by the the conference staff.

Linda Bazzi and Zena Khouryzat with their awards

A couple of our stories and photos were entered. Linda Bazzi and Zena Khouryzat won a 2nd-place award for Best Feature Story. “When I won it was probably one the most surprising times of my life.” says Zena Khouryzat, ” To say the truth I didn’t even know my story was in the contest.”

The winning story was about kids in wheelchairs at our school, and how we should see the people instead of the wheelchairs. “My heart dropped into my stomach when i heard my name being called, I was in complete shock”, says Linda Bazzi. Here is a link to read the winning story.

Saleem Alhabash speaking to the Unis journalism class at the MSU Library.

At the Michigan State University Library, pictures by our journalism class had been turned into an exhibit for all to see. Pictures were taken by the students in our class and have been shown at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and at the Asian American Journalists Association convention at Cobo Center in Detroit during the summer.

Saleem Alhabash, am assistant professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, met us at the MSU Library to talk about his career as a journalist. He talked about his childhood in Palestine, and how there isn’t freedom of speech there.

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  1. Oh my god, I like the opening line of your article! I am a librarian at Michigan State and we were so glad to have you visit the library with Joe and Emilia.

    I also like the photo of the student looking up at Prof. Saleem Alhabash since it suggests how you are following in his footsteps as youth journalists.

    It is an honor to have your photos and writings on display in our library. We hope to see you at MSU in 5 or 6 years as college students!!

  2. Saleem Alhabash says:

    Wonderful coverage! It was a real treat to talk to all of you at MSU. What an inspiring bunch! Y’all hold a tremendously bright future in your hands.

  3. Hui Hua Chua says:

    It was great to meet the photographers and writers whose work is displayed in the MSU library. I’m a librarian at MSU and was so impressed with your work. I’ll be looking out for your bylines in the future.

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  5. Heba Dawi says:

    Great job on your opening sentence it was good. Also that was a very interesting story about your field trip to the Michigan State library to get tips on how to make your writing improve.

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