J Day Celebration

J Day is MIPA’s annual journalism celebration held at the University of Missouri in Columbia in late March.

It is a full day of speakers, workshops, awards and fun! And it’s FREE for all MIPA member advisers and their students. Dozens of schools from across the state bring their entire staff on a bus to Columbia, arriving between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to Jesse Hall to gather for the kick-off keynote speaker. Come early and enjoy a staff photo slideshow, visit vendors and wake up with games to play and prizes to win. 

Upon arrival, students may enter the Write-Off and the Photo Shoot-Off competitions where students write stories and take photos to submit under deadline pressure on event day in the hopes of grabbing an award during the awards ceremony.

Students wear their own staff shirts or can purchase J-Day T-shirts in advance for only $10 using this order form and spread the J Day spirit.

Following the Keynote, students can choose from dozens of journalism-related workshops and learn from a variety of professionals. Four class blocks offering more than 30 sessions ranging from yearbook to newspaper/magazine to broadcast, photography, current events, trending topics and more are scheduled. There are also adviser-only sessions, including a roundtable where advisers can share challenges, best practices and favorite lessons, plus talk with the keynote speaker. And, advisers are invited to a short MIPA member update meeting to find out more about what MIPA offers its members and how the organization runs.

Lunch is often a time for staff members to gather for team building at a local restaurant of their choosing or split and enjoy one of the many Mizzou eateries on campus or Columbia restaurants within walking distance.

Following lunch, the more than 1000 students gather back at Jesse Hall to honor award recipients including the Challenge and Photo of the Month winners, Student Journalist of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Emerging Journalism Educator and more. Students will also celebrate the All-Missouri award winners on stage, and have other certificates earned ready to be picked up after the ceremony.     

Journalism students from all MIPA member schools are eligible to win awards by submitting in February to the MIPA J Day Contests. 

Schools wishing to attend this FREE event still need to register in advance by Friday, March 24, 2017 for the Wednesday, March 29, J-Day. Student registration for particular sessions is not needed. Just complete teacher and school information, the total number of students and parking permit request, if needed.

Don’t miss out on this valuable educational and celebratory day for your journalism students! Bring your publication staffs and join us at the MU School of Journalism in March!

Please send any questions to mipajourno@gmail.com.