KEMPA Journalism

Fall Conference

Adviser takes photo during awards presentation.

Adviser takes photo during awards presentation.

Adviser taking photo

Brookfield Central High School students check cell phone for information.

Brookfield Central High School students check cell phone for information.

Cindy Renaud, Jan Kohls Yearbook Adviser of the Year

Cindy Renaud, Jan Kohls Yearbook Adviser of the Year

Students are excited at news of contest results.

Students are excited at news of contest results.

Students gather in front of Hyand Hall at the 2015 Fall Conference at UW-Whitewater.

Students gather in front of Hyland Hall at the 2015 Fall Conference at UW-Whitewater.

Linda Barrington give State of KEMPA report.

Linda Barrington give State of KEMPA report.

Adviser Lindsay Skatrud listens to presentation, with Evelyn Lauer and Dean Bradshaw next to her.

Adviser Lindsay Skatrud listens to presentation, with Evelyn Lauer and Dean Bradshaw next to her.

Patrick Johnson, CJE, Newspaper Adviser of the Year

Patrick Johnson, CJE, Newspaper Adviser of the Year

Jeff Willauer presents All-KEMPA award to the Purple Sage newspaper editor from Waunakee High School.

Jeff Willauer presents All-KEMPA award to the Purple Sage newspaper editor from Waunakee High School.

Attentive student with camera

Attentive student with camera

Rachel Rauch, CJE, Nancy Becker Newspaper Adviser of the Year

Rachel Rauch, CJE, Nancy Becker Newspaper Adviser of the Year

Students check the day's schedule.

Students check the day’s schedule.

At the annual KEMPA Fall Conference, high school students and their advisers can choose from nearly 80 information sessions. Organized into 3 separate 45 minute sessions, sessions cover a very wide range of topics of interest to students and advisers engaged in producing media and will assist students in learning the latest in trends and techniques of media production.

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Conference presenters are a mix of professional journalists, media professionals, high school journalism teachers and publication advisers. Keynote speakers frequently present throughout the day. See the brochure for more information specific to the current featured sessions.

Students will also have the opportunity to engage with other student media programs from throughout the region. In 2015, nearly 1,000 students from Wisconsin and Illinois attended the KEMPA Fall Conference.

A lunch break between sessions two and three also functions as KEMPA’s annual meeting attended by advisers and presenters. Annual awards recognize outstanding contributions from advisers and professionals to high school journalism. Students are on their own for lunch at the university food courts or nearby local restaurants.

The Fall Conference is always held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on a Friday in mid-October. This year it will be on Oct. 14.

Conference Directions

For directions to Whitewater, WI click below:

For a map of the UW-W campus, click here
For the location and direction to the UW-W campus, click here.

Conference Adviser Luncheon

At the Adviser luncheon, announcement of the following awards are made in 2015:

Advisers of the Year:

Yearbook and newspaper (nominations may be made by administrators, students, parents, fellow teachers, colleagues – nominations do not have to come from the same school as the adviser being nominated; nomination form available at Awards)

Friend of KEMPA:
Recognizes exceptional assistance rendered to KEMPA (nomination form available at Awards)

Media Award:

Recognizes a media professional who actively supports KEMPA journalism (nomination form available at Awards)

Administrator of the Year:

Recognizes a high school administrator who actively supports student publications and journalism (nomination form available at Awards)

KEMPA Hall of Fame:

Honors sustained outstanding service to scholastic journalism (nominations made by the board)

Fall Conference