Advisers honored at 2015 Fall Conference


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MINDFUL MEDIA: Free and Responsible Student Press in the 21st Century.

Fall Conference was held Oct. 16, at UW-Whitewater.  See the schedule:  2015 KEMPA SJC web brochure.

At the annual KEMPA Fall Conference, high school students and their advisers can choose from nearly 90 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.

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, more than 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 time, 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.

This year, three teachers received Adviser of the Year awards:

  • Jan Kohls Yearbook Adviser of the Year:  Cindy Renaud, Harborside Academy, Kenosha, Wis.
  • Nancy Becker Newspaper Adviser of the Year: Rachel Rauch, Homestead High School, Mequon, Wis.
  • Nancy Becker Newspaper Adviser of the Year: Patrick Johnson, Antioch Community High School, Antioch, Ill.

One person was inducted into the KEMPA Hall of Fame:  Tom Juran, Brookfield Central High School, Brookfield, Wis.

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

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

Patrick Johnson, CJE, Newspaper Adviser of the Year

Patrick Johnson, CJE, Newspaper Adviser of the Year

Cindy Renaud, Jan Kohls Yearbook Adviser of the Year

Cindy Renaud, Jan Kohls Yearbook Adviser of the Year

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