J Co-op Program

MIPA is excited to launch a pilot program this fall, under the direction of board member Jami Williams, Mexico High School.

Here’s the draft outline of the program:


  1. MIPA Coordinating School – This is a school that is a MIPA member and has a current journalism program. The coordinating school will serve as just that, the school that reaches out and coordinates three to six small, rural schools who are currently without journalism programs or who have suffering journalism programs.
    1. Duties of the coordinating school
      1. Reaching out to nearby schools
      2. Hosting at least two workshops before the first co-op publication is produced
        1. Advisers only
        2. Advisers and students
      3. Acting as a liaison to MIPA as the co-op schools move through the membership process
      4. Helping coordinate the process of writing, producing and publishing the product that will include work of the schools in the co-op.
    2. Qualifications necessary to become a coordinating school
      1. Adviser must go through the co-op training (ideally, the training will become part of the www.schooljournalism.org website)
      2. Adviser must be a member of MIPA in good standing
  2. MIPA Co-Op School – This school is a MIPA member as part of a cooperative program with three to six schools in the nearby geographic area. The school must meet the following criteria in order to eligible for a MIPA co-op membership.
    1. Criteria for cooperative school
      1. There must be, employed at the school, a teacher who is willing to act as a representative for the cooperative school. The teacher may or may not be a media teacher; the cooperating teacher will be required to attend any and all cooperative meetings throughout the year.
      2. Members of MIPA: The school may currently be a member of MIPA. If the school is currently a member of MIPA and wishes to move into the cooperative program, the school will not be allowed to enter individual contests independent of the cooperative publication; any monies paid to MIPA that exceed that school’s portion of the co-op membership will be credited toward future co-op memberships or individual school memberships.
      3. NON-MIPA schools: If a school wishes to join MIPA with the co-op membership, but there is not another geographically reasonable co-op, the school will be allowed to join at the normal co-op cost, but may be published and assigned with schools not geographically adjacent. Ideally, co-ops will consist of at least three schools within 50 miles of each other working together to pay the membership fee and create the publication, however if this criteria is lacking, no school will be denied the opportunity to partake in the co-op.
  3. MIPA Co-Op Publication: This publication, of a size to be determined by the cooperating school under the advisement of a coordinating school, will be the culmination of efforts by three to six schools who have decided to participate in the MIPA Co-Op program. The publication will contain the work of students from the cooperating schools and must meet the following criteria:
    1. Must publish at least twice before being considered for entry of materials into the MIPA J-Day contests. Publish can be defined as traditional printing on digital and/or online publishing on a site such as Issuu.com.
    2. Must contain work from at least three students from each of the cooperating schools.
    3. Must be the work of the students under the advisement of the cooperating teacher working with the assistance of the coordinating school.