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.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.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.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.