The Upstart is a publication created by and for Michigan Interscholastic Press Association student journalists’ to share their work. We’re covering the 2013 summer workshop at Michigan State University. As it happens. With gusto.

Our staff blends professional, college and high school journalists working side-by-side all week. We’ll put everything on this snazzy website custom built by Aaron Olson that uses WordPress 3.0 and HTML 5. We’ll use Twitter and Facebook too. (#MIPA2013 is the hashtag to follow.)

That’s the easy part. Journalism isn’t about tools. It’s about telling stories. And compelling storytelling – whatever form it takes – is what we’re striving for. We’ll use the site to showcase the Sparty-winning stories, photos, designs and videos created at camp.

After that? We want Michigan’s student journalists to submit their storytelling to the site all year. Use our resources page to find know-how and inspiration. (Advisers, this goes for you too. Got a presentation, handout or webinar you’re willing to share? Submit it.)

Questions? Email us at [email protected].


Tricia Bobeda is a multimedia journalist. She works for the Lansing State Journal and Lansing NOISE. She studied journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. She was an editor of Haslett High School’s newspaper, yearbook and TV station. She loves finding and telling stories. Contact: [email protected].

Jesse McLean is a journalism geek. She teaches at Waterford Kettering High School where she helped start a brand new Broadcast Journalism class, WKHS-TV. She also has a huge interest in social media and online journalism. She studied Journalism and English at Michigan State University and was also involved in Television Production Workshop as a student at Lake Orion High School. You can contact her at [email protected], follow her twitter feed @Jmclean3 or “like” her Facebook page.

Jim Streisel is the HiLite newsmagazine and website adviser at Carmel (IN) High School, where he’s been for the past 16 years. Serving a student body of over 4,500 people, Streisel’s print and web staffs have won numerous Pacemaker and Crown awards. Streisel has written two journalism textbooks – High School Journalism: A Practical Guide (McFarland, 2007) and Scholastic Web Journalism: Connecting with Readers in a Digital Age (McFarland eBook, 2009). Streisel has been married for 14 years and has two awesome boys, Jared, 11, and Zach, 6. You can contact him at [email protected] or “like” his Facebook page.

Jeremy Whiting‘s specialties are technology, broadcasting and journalism. He will be teaching broadcast journalism classes at Ovid-Elsie High School in the fall. Last year, he advised the Miracle, the student yearbook at St. Martha School in Okemos. He was also the station manager of WDBM-FM, the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s ten-time college station of the year. Jeremy attended college at Michigan State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in telecommunication, as well as his teaching certification in journalism and social studies. He is originally from Lake Orion and now lives in Lansing with his wife, Amber, and daughter, Kate.

[insert your name here] As you can see, we’re small in numbers and we need your help covering the workshop from every angle. Submit the stories, photos, videos and designs you’re producing in class and we’ll showcase them on the site. Want to put in your two cents about an issue being discussed in class? Share it here. Snapped a photo of your lunch at a restaurant on Grand River Ave. and want to write a review? Bring it on.

Code of Ethics

A journalists’ responsibility is to seek the truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently and be accountable. We’ll strive to abide by the guidelines set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

Usage policies

Student-run publications may use content produced by The Upstart journalists at no cost if they retain the journalists’ bylines. If you’re using our content online, we’d appreciate some link love (let folks know they can find us at theupstart.mipamsu.org).

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