KEMPA Journalism

KEMPA Scholarship Recipients Find Success

March 31, 2019


Filed under News, News Updates, Scholarships

During the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, three KEMPA scholarship recipients from last year successfully began their college careers as journalism majors and received their scholarship checks to help them on their way. Alexandra Landman is a freshman at the University of Dayton, and Katrina...

2019 Individual Contest Registration Information

March 19, 2019


Filed under Contests, News, News Updates

Dear KEMPA advisers and students, KEMPA now offers several individual contest categories in Newspaper, News Magazine, Yearbook, Online Multimedia, Broadcast, and Photography for student work published by member schools in the 2018-19 school year. This is an opportunity for your students to enter their i...

Tinker v Des Moines school district 50 years later

March 18, 2019


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Fifty years ago the landmark decision of Tinker v. Des Moines was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court establishing a strong precedent for student free speech rights. Justice Abe Fortas stated in his majority opinion that “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional...

JEA Adviser Outreach Program Seeking Applicants – Due April 1

March 18, 2019


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JEA is entering the fourth year of its Partner Project to deliver on-site training to journalism programs in need. All journalism teachers and their students deserve support and training regardless of factors like location, funding and available resources. The National High School Journalism Convention o...

Mary Ellen Ritter named Wisconsin High School Journalist of the Year

Mary Ellen Ritter named Wisconsin High School Journalist of the Year

March 18, 2019


Filed under News, News Updates, Top Story

Mary Ellen Ritter is a senior at Brookfield Central High School where she has been a member of her yearbook program for four years and is editor-in-chief of the award-winning Legend for a second year in a row. The Wisconsin State Director for the Journalism Education Association announced that Ritter...

Bear Facts Publishes Editorial about Free Press

Bear Facts Publishes Editorial about Free Press

February 9, 2019


Filed under First Amendment, From Our Students, News, News Updates

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...

KEMPA Publication Awards Announced 2018

October 30, 2018


Filed under Critiques, Fall Conference, News Updates

KEMPA Online Critiques ALL KEMPA Niles West HS www.nileswestnews.org FIRST Huntley HS www.huntleyvoice.com Grayslake North HS knighttimes.d127.org James B. Conant HS www.conantcrier.com Lake Zurich HS www.lzbearfacts.com SECOND Brookfield Central HS https://bctyro.com West Chicago Community HS www.wil...

2018 Individual Contest Results

2018 Individual Contest Results

October 15, 2018


Filed under Contests, News, News Updates

Here’s the breakdown in numbers for the contest: 28 different categories in the Individual Contests: 37 Broadcast, 61 Photojournalism, 9 online, 76 yearbook and 303 Newspaper/ Newsmagazine 488 entries total 20 schools participating 269 awards, including honorable mentions We hope you can use these wi...

Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey interview reveals surprising details of Hazelwood court case

Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey interview reveals surprising details of Hazelwood court case

January 17, 2018


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by Linda Barrington, MJE The story leading up to the Supreme Court decision of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier is not as cut and dry as many textbooks make it. As the host of "Education Matters" on public radio station WGTD, UW-Oshkosh Assistant Professor, Steven Brown, held an exclusive...

Alternative Story Forms from KEMPA Fall Conference

January 7, 2018


Filed under Fall Conference, News Updates

Here is the second video of a Fall Conference session:  Beth Marshall presents Alternative Story Forms.  Thank you to Jamie Silver for filming this popular session.  Mrs. Marshall is the yearbook adviser at Richmond-Burton High School.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3qtzd0CVx8&feature=youtu.be

Yearbook 101: Caption Writing session from KEMPA Fall Conference

January 2, 2018


Filed under Fall Conference, News Updates

With so many sessions at Fall Conference, there are always good presentations that we miss.  This year Herff Jones representative, Jamie Silver (pictured at right), filmed three sessions for us.  The first one is a very popular session on Caption Writing by yearbook adviser Jeff Willauer.  You can wa...

2017 Publication Critique Results

October 20, 2017


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Congratulations to the KEMPA publications on the results of their critiques.  We encourage all KEMPA members to send in their publications in the spring for judging.  We recommend that advisers and students use the results in the fall to guide your goal-setting for the coming year.  This is valuable...

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