J Day Celebration

UPDATE AS OF MARCH 4, 2021: J-Day 2021 is VIRTUAL

Scholastic Journalism Day – J-Day – on Wednesday, March 31, is virtual, featuring synchronous and asynchronous sessions, with access to video recordings of sessions after-the-fact. Visit https://mipajournalism.com for more information and updates.

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. In a normal year, 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 kickoff! Come early and enjoy a staff photo slideshow, visit vendors, and wake up with games to play and prizes to win.

Students wear their own staff shirts or can purchase J-Day T-shirts in advance using an online order form and spread the J Day spirit.

Following the KickOff, students can choose from five sessions featuring dozens of journalism-related workshops and learn hands on from a variety of professionals. Multiple class blocks offering nearly three dozen sessions ranging from yearbook to newspaper/magazine to broadcast, photography, current events, trending topics and more are scheduled.

In a normal year, we would honor award recipients including the Challenge and Photo of the Month winners, Student Journalist of the YearTeacher of the YearAdministrator of the YearEmerging Journalism Educator and more on-campus at Jesse Hall. Because we cannot be together in person this year, we will have honor these recipients virtually.

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 for the Wednesday, March 31, 2021 J-Day. Registration closes at midnight a week before J-Day.

Our 52nd J-Day promises to be awesome with all it’s new virtual features!

Student registration for particular sessions is not needed. Just complete teacher and school information, the total number of students and teacher lunch request, if needed. You can also have your students register themselves!

Don’t miss out on this valuable educational and celebratory day for your journalism students!

Please send any questions to [email protected].


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  • 2020 – 1,525 students and teachers registered
  • 2019 – 1,340 students and teachers registered
  • 2018 – 1,263 students and teachers registered
  • 2017 – 1,565 students and teachers registered


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