KEMPA Journalism Camp is designed for high school students interested in media. Four days of invigorating workshops cover broadcasting, writing, sports media and photojournalism. Campers will be right in the action with award-winning professionals who will provide a constructive critique of their school publication and personal portfolio. Work in state-of-the-art studios and labs, as well as outdoors across the campus. Inspiring, informative “Reaching New Heights” discussions will get attendees excited about media!
Nightly excursions feature trips to the campus swimming pool, bowling lanes, athletic facilities, and movie theater. Campers can also compete for fun prizes in the annual KEMPA Cup. Enjoy nights with friends in the dorms or just come for the daytime. Campers will get a t-shirt, meals, and swag!
UW-Whitewater has a large campus located in the southeastern rolling hills of Wisconsin about an hour from Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. Campers can expect stringent health and safety guidelines and a safe environment.
This camp is available to students entering grades 9-12 in the fall who are interested in media.
Limited to the first 100 registrants. Check in is scheduled tentatively for 8:00 am. Residence is scheduled tentatively for Ma’iingan Hall.
Registrations accepted online until Thursday, July 13, 2023.
Registrants will be asked the following questions in the registration. Please have information prior to registering:
Arriving to Campus: Authorized driver picking up and dropping off, minor driving themselves to camp, minor walking/biking to camp
Dietary Preferences: Gluten intolerance or sensitivity, vegetarianism, veganism, lactose intolerance, diary-free, diabetes, low carb, kosher, keto, egg food allergy, fish and shellfish food allergy, nut food allergy, soy food allergy, wheat food allergy, other
Relationship to Participant: Mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, sibling, other relative, friend, step-parent, custodial guardian, family friend, spouse, partner
Merchandise T-Shirt Size: Adult - Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL
We do NOT accept walk-up registrations at event check-in.
Your online registration and payment are always safe and secure. We accept MasterCard and Visa credit card payments in our online registration system. We will NOT accept credit card payments over the phone. We will accept checks made out to "UW-Whitewater" and mailed to UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences, 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.
Once you register to attend an event (including waitlisted), a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive this confirmation email. You must have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.
Before you arrive to camp information will be available below three weeks prior to the start of camp. This information will include medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at email@example.com.
Included in the Fee: The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, swag bag, a camp t-shirt, and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, swag bag, a camp t-shirt, and insurance.
T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by Sunday, July 02, 2023
Payment Plans: The final step in the registration process will give you two Payment Plan options.
Selecting a payment plan will require only a $100 non-refundable deposit. Deposits are deducted from the total event fee. For more details on when final payments are due click here.
Resident Camper at Pulliam Hall
Participants will be staying in the air-conditioned Pulliam Hall suites located on the UW-Whitewater campus. Roommate requests are to be made at the time of registration and cannot be guaranteed. Requests must be made by all participants to be honored. Room assignment requests will not be shared until time of check-in. Continuing Education Services works to match roommates based on age, team, and school/community. Every effort is made to ensure that campers are not housed alone. However, "no-shows" and uneven numbers do occur from time to time. Requests for single rooms will not be honored. For each group of four campers, these suites provide four separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living space, and a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. You must provide your own bedding, utensils, cookware, and dinnerware.
Commuter campers are campers who will drive back and forth to camp and will not stay overnight. They can arrive at the designated check-in time and location indicated in the Camp Information Packet. Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with friends during breaks. Only lunch and dinner will be served to commuter campers. Report to camp before the first session of the day after breakfast. The authorized driver can pick up the commuter camper at the conclusion of camp each day after checking out with staff.
Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) Members: Receive $50 off registration for being a KEMPA Member. Make sure to check "KEMPA Member" in the registration if you believe you qualify. Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay. You will be charged $50 if you are not a member at the time of camp.
If you wish to have your publication become a member to receive the discounted price for your attendees, review the KEMPA membership form before registering and send to email address on form.
Cancellations and payments: All registrant accounts must be paid in full 21 days prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.
Refunds: All summer camp events require a minimum of a $100 non-refundable deposit.
In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event to receive a refund, less the deposit. Most cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee. See summer camp event website for specific policy. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the camp has started.
All cancellation requests must be submitted to email@example.com; provide registrant’s name, camp title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.
We reserve the right to cancel any event for any reason; in such case, all fees paid will be refunded or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for alternate arrangements.
Sponsorships & Awards Redemption
For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice. Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.
Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code during checkout to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.
A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.
Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email email@example.com before registering to avoid overpayment fees.
Want to Sponsor a Registrant?
You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.
Broadcasting: 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!
Writer's 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. Campers 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 comradery on the sidelines. This workshop coaches campers 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!
Photojournalism: 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.
Check in and Orientation
Resident and commuter campers must use the drive thru check in for housing assignments/keys and to drop off medications at the location mentioned in the Camp Information Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to the residence halls to visit with staff members and ask any last-minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.
Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time
If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before checkout time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Accommodations/Comments” field or email firstname.lastname@example.org if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Camp Information Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Camp Information Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact email@example.com.
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 details will be available in the Camp Information Packet. Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit. Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine. More information is available on the Visitor Center website.
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.
We receive many questions from registrants. Click here to review our frequently asked questions about registering and attending an event.
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.
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.
Check-in and out times, along with locations and a confirmed daily schedule, will be available in the camp information packet approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of camp. Contact Continuing Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Located next Greenhill Center of the Arts, the Young Auditorium is an award-winning facility designed especially for multi-purpose use. The unique design of the Young Auditorium features a seating capacity of 1300; however it can also achieve the feeling of warmth and intimacy of a much smaller space for 200-300.
Greenhill Center of the Arts is the largest academic building on campus, housing the departments of art, music and theatre/dance. Home to the Barnett Theatre, Crossman Gallery, Hicklin Studio Theatre, Light Recital Hall, and van Steenderen Family Atrium.