KEMPA Journalism

KEMPA Journalism

KEMPA Journalism

Welcome to SJW: Important Information

You’re invited to the Summer ‘21 KEMPA Journalism Kamp “Back in Action” July 18-21 for high school students interested in media. The Kamp is returning from a summer off due to the pandemic and is also coming back to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus this year!


Kampers can choose their own adventure over the four days of fun workshops in Broadcasting, Writers Circle, Sports Media and Photojournalism. You’ll be right in the action with award-winning professionals. Get your school publication or portfolio critiqued. Work in state-of-the-art studios and labs. Enjoy inspiring ACTION talks that will get you educated and excited about media.


Each night will feature trips to the campus swimming pool, bowling lanes, gyms and movie theater. Plus Kampers can compete for fun prizes in the annual KEMPA Kup. Enjoy nights with friends safely social distanced in the dining halls and dorms, or come just for the daytime! A Kamp t-shirt, meals and fun swag are all included.


UW-Whitewater is a large campus located in the southeastern rolling hills of Wisconsin about an hour or so right between Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university is open with stringent health and safety guidelines, providing a safe environment for kampers this summer.


Registration runs from April 1 – July 1. Cost is $450  for overnight kampers and $400  for commuters. Kettle Moraine Press Association Members get a $50  discount. We hope to see YOU “Back in Action” July 18-21 at the 2021 Summer Journalism KEMPA Kamp!




Breaking news! You can create your own television segments with this hands-on workshop. Write the script and create the storyboard. Practice on set and in the field. Film the segment and edit the story package. In this workshop kampers will practice different roles of broadcasting such as reporting, directing and producing. You can do it all while learning the ins and outs of the TV newsroom. Lights, camera, action!

Writers Circle

Want to grow your toolbox of writing angles, styles and structures? Whether you are new to writing, or want to work more on your journalistic skills, this class is for you. Kampers will develop story ideas, analyze news content, improve interviewing skills, practice fun article formats and polish their feature writing tactics. You will learn how to write engaging, clear and concise columns that will build readership. This class will help kampers define topics, write effectively and increase creativity.

Sports Media

Athletics rank right up there with fireworks and apple pie. Sports media is for those who love the excitement of the game, the rush of being in the press box and the camaraderie on the sidelines. This workshop coaches kampers in how to conduct that important post-game interview, interact with fans and work with athletics staff. Practice writing detailed feature stories, play-by-plays, game summaries and more. Get into the game with this action-packed workshop!


We are living in a visual world! This workshop prepares kampers for taking portraits, landscapes, action shots and so much more. Photograph unique subjects and challenging situations. Point and shoot, then prepare photos for publication. Learn how to use editing software, write captions and create an effective digital workflow. A point and shoot or DSLR camera with manual controls and a card reader are required for this class.