OVERVIEW: Michigan Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
Michigan Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, K-12 Institutions Subject: Journalism Audience: Educators, K-12

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016, the council partnered with the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) and the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Journalism to offer the Michigan Youth Journalism Experience.

Together, the organizations created a high school level journalism competition allowing students throughout Michigan to compete for the opportunity to meet and work with Pulitzer Prize winning journalists at a Pulitzer-themed conference fall of 2016.The winning students met the Pulitzer Prize winners for dinner prior to the conference held the next day.

For the competition, the students created broadcast, visual, print, and/or social media pieces of journalism highlighting the four themes outlined by the Campfires Initiative. Each school held their own competition and selected a winner to submit to the MSU School of Journalism. Professional journalists judged the submissions and 25 student authors were invited to participate in the Pulitzer Conference. The winning students also had the opportunity to work with Michigan’s Pulitzer Prize winning journalists in small workshop settings.

The MIPA Fall Conference drew more than 2,000 student journalists from across Michigan, featured six Pulitzer Prize winners, and nearly 80 breakout sessions.


  • Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA)
  • Michigan State University School of Journalism


  • Jim Schaefer, Local Reporting – The Detroit Free Press (2009)
  • L. Elrick, Local Reporting – The Detroit Free Press (2009)
  • Eric Freedman, Beat Reporting – The Detroit News (1994)
  • Jim Mitzelfield, Beat Reporting – The Detroit News (1994)
  • Steve Luxenberg, Explanatory Journalism – Editor, The Washington Post (1995)
  • Nichole Christian, Public Service – The New York Times (2002)


  • Lansing, MI

To go back to the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires spotlight page, click the button at the bottom of the page.