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Scholastic Journalism Fall Conference

2019 KEMPA Publication Awards Announced - Click here for Awards

Save the Date: October 9, 2020

Check back soon for 2020 details!

Plan to attend in the fall with your new staff.  KEMPA yearbook members, remember to send in your membership renewal AND publication for a free critique up to the date of the conference.  Publication awards with critique results will be presented at Fall Conference.   Also individual awards will be presented at Fall Conference.

Here is the  Fall 2019 program FINAL, listing all the sessions, schedule and presenters to give you an overview of the entire day.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Register Online closed

Registrations with submissions accepted online until noon on 10/11/19.  We do accept walk up registrations the day of the event, if not sold out. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.

Early Bird Prices

$15.00     Student Member

$20.00     Student Non-Member

$15.00     Adviser Member

$20.00     Adviser Non-Member

Late Prices (After 9/30/19)

$25.00     Student Member

$25.00     Student Non-Member

$25.00     Adviser Member

$25.00     Adviser Non-Member

KEMPA Membership

If you wish to become a member and recieve the discounted price:  Download KEMPA membership form before registering and send to Bob Kay at address on form.

Fees Include

The student fee covers keynote address, assess to sessions and insurance. The adviser fee includes keynote address, access to sessions and lunch.


Absolutely no refunds will be given.

Mary Beth Tinker

Mary Beth Tinker

You and your students will have the opportunity to meet Mary Beth Tinker and hear her talk about Student Press Rights in three different breakout sessions.  Her opening keynote address will focus on “The First Amendment and You.”

The First Amendment is one of the most basic principles of our democracy, but does it apply to students? In the past, legal experts didn’t think so.  That changed in 1969 when the Supreme Court ruled in “Tinker v. Des Moines” that “students are persons under our Constitution, with the rights and responsibilities of persons.” Hear Mary Beth Tinker discuss the case and its relevance today and be sure to bring your questions and comments!

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Prior to Event Confirmation Letter

Confirmation letters will be sent a few days prior to the event.  This will include map and last-minute instructions.  Late registrants are not guaranteed confirmation letters or conference materials.

Sessions Requiring Advanced Registration

  • TV Production is a double session (1 and 2).  Limit of two students per school with a max of 20 registrants.
  • Radio Production is offered at three separate sessions.  Limit of one student per school with a max of 10 registrants.
  • Hands-On-Page Desig is offered at Session 2 only this year.  Limit of two students per school with a max of 20 registrants.  Students do not need to bring laptops

Tickets for these sessions will be given to the adviser at the check-in desk.  Students must present ticket at door of each session to be admitted.

Check in and Orientation

Check-in will take place outside the Irving Young Auditorium between 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.  Advisers are asked to check-in their entire group by indicating their school name at check-in table.


As an important part of the Scholastic Journalism Conference, KEMPA will present awards to staff representatives or advisers, and both awards and critiques may be picked up at that time.  School spirit and school pride in publications are encouraged by KEMPA.  Be present; cheer on your school! 


Adviser fee includes lunch.  No lunch provided for students; students will be on thier own for lunch.  A restaurant list will be in their check-in packet.  Contact if your school needs to purchase meal vouchers for your students.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.

Parking Information

If you are driving independently to the festival, visitor parking passes are available at the Visitor Center and parking is available behind it in Lot 7.  Permits are required to park in campus lots.  Busses will be allowed to drop off students in the roundabout of Lot 12 and Lot 2 and will be directed where to park.  More information on parking can be found on the  Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.


7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Check In (New Location: Young Auditorium)
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome, awards
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Mary Beth Tinker: First Amendment and You
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Session 1
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Session 2
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. LUNCH (Adviser provided, students on thier own)
1:00 - 1:45 a.m. Session 3

*All times are subject to change.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.