Plan now for KEMPA Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference, Oct. 16, 2020


KEMPA connects people through its website, email reminders and events promoting learning, and thus has incredible power to create community. Similarly, KEMPA is committed to bringing individuals together and building personal and professional community—at the Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference and throughout the year.

At this year’s Fall Conference, join us at UW-Whitewater in Whitewater, Wis.

The conference offers 70-some sessions and unlimited networking opportunities for you and 1,000 students who attend each year.  The 2020 Fall Conference Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the best practice in the field, informed by experience and cognizant of multiple media: web, magazine, newspaper, yearbook, broadcast.

The committee invites proposals that may include practical instruction, demonstration, inter-activity, presentation or lecture on journalism-related topics:

  • press law and ethics
  • all forms of writing for media
  • photography and Photoshop
  • layout and design and InDesign
  • reporting and interviewing
  • advertising
  • community involvement
  • multimedia
  • social media
  • broadcast
  • yearbook
  • literary magazine

You might consider teaming up with another teacher to co-present.  Please submit your proposals to Linda Barrington at [email protected].

Photos are from the 2019 Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference.


The 2019 conference began with everyone in Anderson Hall for the presentation of publication awards and the keynote address from Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in the Tinker v. Des Moines School District Supreme Court case, which verified that students have First Amendment rights in school
UW-Whitewater publications adviser, Keith Zucas, takes a selfie with Mary Beth Tinker.



Presenter Mike Doyle: “Getting the Sports Story”
NPR’s Noreen Nasir: “Race and Representation in Storytelling”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor James Nelson: “Politifact and Fact Checking”
Stevenson HS adviser Dean Bradshaw: “If You Can Review a Movie”
UW-Oshkosh journalism professor Vince Filak: “Covering Controversial Issues”