KEMPA Journalism

Bear Facts Publishes Editorial about Free Press

Bear Facts Publishes Editorial about Free Press

February 9, 2019

As part of KEMPA’s mission to showcase student publications that are shining a light on today’s world in new and brave ways, we present an article that Bear Facts from Lake Zurich High School published on January 6, 2019: an editorial about free press. The full article text follows, and the link...

The Conant Crier Supports Har-Ber Herald, Press Freedom

The Conant Crier Supports Har-Ber Herald, Press Freedom

December 29, 2018

As part of KEMPA's mission to showcase student publications that are shining a light on today's world in new and brave ways, we present an article that The Conant Crier published on December 11, 2018: an editorial about free press, Jim Acosta, and the Har-Ber Herald. The full article text follows,...

The First Amendment Matters PSA Contest

The First Amendment Matters PSA Contest

April 9, 2017

As New Voices campaigns spread across the country, we want our students to be aware of their First Amendment rights. One of the ways to do that is to get them involved in doing something worthwhile that will sharpen their awareness and understanding of the issues. Here’s a link to a very do-able...

Video: The Importance of New Voices

Video: The Importance of New Voices

February 12, 2017

Take a few minutes to watch this video and learn why we are passionate in Wisconsin about getting New Voices legislation to protect student speech. https://youtu.be/R8GmsIbkUpk This video explains why New Voices Legislation is so important to protect student journalists' freedom of speech and of the ...

The true story behind Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier

The true story behind Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier

November 4, 2016

Do you know the real story behind the censorship at Hazelwood East High School in the 1980s?  This amazing podcast from the Student Press Law Center  reveals details not made public before now.  Listen to Frank LoMonte's interview with Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey, whose name is on the well-known Hazelwood...

Illinois governor signs Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act

Illinois governor signs Speech Rights for Scholastic Journalists Act

July 31, 2016

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

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...

Wisconsin should support student expression

Wisconsin should support student expression

May 4, 2016

by Matt Smith Two years ago, the Fond du Lac School District unveiled new guidelines requiring administrative review and approval before the publication of any student media. The reaction by students was swift, democratic and effective. Within days, they had publicized the change online, presented...

Students support New Voices of Illinois legislation

Students support New Voices of Illinois legislation

April 18, 2016

  Kendall Huffman and six of her staff wait for the Illinois House Judiciary Committee to begin hearing on the proposed student press rights bill. They visited their representative, Adam Brown, and Governor Rauner and told them  about the pending legislation. Huffman is the newspaper and...

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

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

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...

Integrity, credibility = your license to be a reporter

Integrity, credibility = your license to be a reporter

December 14, 2015

by Bob Kay Unlike doctors and lawyers, journalists are not required to be licensed and be subject to an official code whereby they can lose their permission to practice in a certain field. Nonetheless, professional journalists are subject to their own code of ethics such as the one created by the...

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