J Challenges

MIPA expanded the Journalism Challenges this school year!

This is an opportunity for students to grow as Journalists, as well as create some amazing content for your publications.

Challenges for the 2016-2017 year have concluded. Stay tuned for the fall 2017:


Publications must be current MIPA members. There is, as with all MIPA contests, no entry fee to enter. MIPA dues cover this contest.

Topics will be e-mailed to the MIPA listserv  for teachers to share with their students. Topics will be of a nature that students will ideally be able to use the products created for the challenge on their student publication(s) in the future. Students will have two weeks to complete the task(s) assigned in their chosen category on their own with minimal assistance from their adviser(s).

Each category will be judged; and a First, Second and Third place will be given. Certificates will be mailed to winning schools, recognized online by MIPA, and featured in the opening J-Day slideshow on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

This is one of the few contests that will not provide written feedback due to the fast turn-around time involved with the judging, however the judges will explain what works well in the First Place submission and this will be shared with MIPA Members as an example they can use for their student publications.

Students will be disqualified if copyright is violated, category requirements are not met, or it is found out that content used was not written, recorded, created, etc. during the time period. Content should be original and adhere to those dates.

2016-2017 Challenge winners:


Challenge 3: Ran Jan. 11-25, 2017:

Feature (not broadcast) Story Challenge:
Broadcast or Radio Public Service Announcement Challenge: 
Staff Editorial Challenge:

Challenge 2: Ran Oct. 19 to Nov. 2, 2016:

Newspaper/Newsmagazine Challenge:

  • First place: Eagle’s Life Liberty North High School “Project Based Learning” by Kendall Steinmetz, Cici Sheeks, Daniel Harper, Claire Henry
  • Second place: Eagle’s Life Liberty North High School “It’s Life” by Catherine Hemenway, Kayl Auch, Ingrid Weaver, Kari Tott

Yearbook Challenge:

  • First place: The Reflector Lee’s Summit High School “Explosive Exposure” by Britten Duet
  • Second place: Paragon Hermann High School “The Working Hour” by Kaitlin Rohlfing, Brandi Buesking, Daelynn Payne, Maddie Bader

Challenge 1:  Ran Sept. 21 to Oct. 5, 2016:

Broadcast Challenge:

  • First: Claire’s Journey by Megan Yenzer, Dylan Brocato, Ellie Scheer, and Molly Landolt of WHS Blue Jay Journal TV
  • Second: High Price of Insurance by Lauryn Whitney of Raymore-Peculiar Ray-Pec Now
  • Third: Health is Priceless by Faith Wheeler, Jared Lopez, Emma Jones, and Haley Woll of WHS Blue Jay Journal TV

2016 First Place winners:

2015 First Place winners:

  • Yearbook: Festus High School – Taylor Price, Renee Lemons, Brittany Blechle and Calie Frazier
  • Newspaper: Liberty North High School – Becca Saffler, Hannah Richardson and Kendall Steinmetz
  • Broadcast: Washington High School – Shannon Belsher, Ellie Scheer, Rose Struttmann, and Taylor Ritson



To see prompts from past Challenges, visit this page.