KEMPA Journalism

How a teacher prepared her students to take on the adults and win

How a teacher prepared her students to take on the adults and win

August 7, 2017


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If you are looking to inspire your students to tackle serious issues and produce good journalism, read this article from last April about how journalism teacher Emily Smith prepared her students to take on the adults and win.  It was written by Oliver Morrison of The Wichita Eagle.  The story include...

Illinois governor signs Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act

Illinois governor signs Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act

July 31, 2016


Filed under Blogs, First Amendment, News Updates

by Stan Zoller, MJE The five-month journey of Illinois HB5902, the Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act, came to an exciting end on Friday, July 29 when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB5902 into law, creating Public Act 99-0678. The journey was one filled with surprises, disapp...

Illinois speech rights bill on Governor’s desk

Illinois speech rights bill on Governor’s desk

July 23, 2016


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by Stan Zoller, MJE The five-month journey of Illinois HB5902, the Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act, has been one filled with surprises, disappointments – and a lot of luck. What started with a meeting with me, Illinois JEA State Director Brenda Field and Illinois State Rep. Elaine...

Certified or certifiable: Why go through the process of earning JEA credentials?

Certified or certifiable: Why go through the process of earning JEA credentials?

March 6, 2016


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by Aaron Ramponi, CJE We had a conversation at the recent KEMPA Winter Advisers’ Seminar about the value of becoming JEA certified. This got me thinking: what really is the benefit? Why are three letters -- whether CJE (Certified Journalism Educator) or MJE (Master Journalism Educator) -- after your ...

Libel in the age of social media: potentially a perilous path

Libel in the age of social media: potentially a perilous path

February 22, 2016


Filed under Blogs, First Amendment

By Bob Kay Historically most high school publications donʼt have to deal with the issue of being hit with a libel suit. In this day and age with the proliferation of information on social media that can be tempting to use in student publications, there is a much greater chance of being sued if ...

Wisconsin New Voices looks for legislative sponsorship

Wisconsin New Voices looks for legislative sponsorship

February 16, 2016


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by Linda Barrington, MJE The good news is that Illinois New Voices Act has found legislative sponsorship. Wisconsin, however, is a step behind.  We need bipartisan sponsorship and support.  Recently, I wrote to Wisconsin advisers, both high school and college, asking them to write to their se...

The Social Journalist

The Social Journalist

February 8, 2016


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Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Snapchat. The big four. For many advisers, not just the new ones, social media can be one of the scariest parts of the job. I mean, seriously, you are giving students nearly complete control over content when social media platforms get introduced into a media...

High school journalism also a member of Fourth Estate

High school journalism also a member of Fourth Estate

January 25, 2016


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 By Bob Kay During the 20 years I advised the student newspaper at Grayslake Community High School I always told my students that it was important that we cover the local school and community news and to leave the national news up to the commercial newspapers unless you could tie it into our own ...

2016 JEA Journalist of the Year (JOY) scholarship competition has launched!

January 19, 2016


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By Linda Barrington, MJE What may be the most coveted award for student journalists starts with competition in your home state. Remember,  JEA's site gives detailed directions, resources to assist applicants, and information with each state’s deadline and contact information.  Illinois and Wisc...

Recruitment Makes the World Go Round

Recruitment Makes the World Go Round

Patrick R. Johnson, Summer Workshop Director

January 11, 2016


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It's January. January means snow, wintertime blues and planning for the next school year. If you really think about it, it is crazy that we are only half-way complete with the current school year and we are already talking and planning for the upcoming school year. But, that's how the system works...

A New Path

A New Path

January 4, 2016


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by Beth Marshall I believe you are never too old to learn something new. Even though I have been teaching English for  25 years, I am new to the world of scholastic journalism. Two years ago, I was approached to become the yearbook adviser and journalism teacher at Richmond-Burton Community High School...

Top Tech Tools of Two-Thousand Fifteen

Top Tech Tools of Two-Thousand Fifteen

December 21, 2015


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by April van Buren, MJE As my students and I are eagerly counting down the days left until Winter Break, I am also reflecting on the technology that has helped us get to break! I have a new favorite for easily creating polished infographics, I’ve found a web tool for engaging my students during quizz...

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