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KEMPA Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference

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Building a Legacy: 50 Years of KEMPA

Get your students motivated for an exciting year ahead in journalism! Give their skills and knowledge an important boost to get them going! The Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) is ready to help you make that happen with a fun and educational field trip to our Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference. The conference features workshops that support student yearbooks, magazines, newspapers, websites, broadcasting and more!

KEMPA’s goal is to support both student journalists and advisers. By offering programs like our summer journalism camp, winter adviser’s retreat and fall student conference during the year, we can help build your program.

At our Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 in UW-Whitewater we connect you and your students to professionals, advisers and media professionals in our KEMPA community. We are looking forward to helping your staff build their skills, be inspired by winning contest entries and celebrate their accomplishments.

Our theme, Building a Legacy, emphasizes the need to build our journalism skills and our journalism programs while celebrating the history of our success. Sessions will focus on the specific skills students and programs need: team-building, photography, interviewing, writing and more!

The opening session will begin at 9:30 a.m. with announcements and awards, featuring a special keynote speaker at 10 a.m. Two choose-your-own-adventure workshop sessions will last 45 minutes starting at 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Advisers and presenters are invited to take part in the annual KEMPA membership luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. to receive awards, elect new members and celebrate KEMPA’s 50 year legacy.

This event is available to 9-12 grade students interested in media and their advisers/teachers.

Friday, October 06, 2023 | 9:00 am - 1:30 pm CST

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Registrations accepted online until Sunday, October 01, 2023.

Registration Questions

  • Account details:  First & last name, country, address, city, state, postal code, county, email, phone, school attending, how did you hear about this event, I understand the refund/cancelation policy, and accommodations/comments
  • Event Specific: Adviser's name(s), adviser's email(s), principal's name, Principal's email, publication name, publication type, school phone, mode of transportation to the event, number of students/advisers attending, adviser lunch number, and payment option.

Media Format: Newspaper, Yearbook, Newsmagazine, Magazine, Broadcasting, Online

Mode of Transportation to Event: Car/Van, School Bus

Payment Options: Pay later, Pay with a purchase order, credit card

Credit Card

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.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email.  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.

Cost Information

$25.00    Non-Member |  Students and advisers without a KEMPA membership

$20.00    Member | Students and advisers with a KEMPA membership

$20.00    Anniversary Attendee

No refunds are available for this event. All cancellation requests must be submitted to

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in this case, all fees paid will be refunded.

For participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event, please follow these steps to redeem your sponsorship:

  • Register for the event and use the promo code provided by your sponsor during checkout.
  • The sponsorship amount will be deducted from your invoice. Any remaining balance will be the participant's responsibility.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, please note that the sponsorship funds will be returned to the supporting organization.

Please note that 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 the requested discount at the start of the event.

If a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account, a processing fee will be assessed.

If you have received an award or scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes, please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email before registering to avoid overpayment fees.

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?
If you would like to sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees, you can request a promo code to give to your chosen registrant. Get more information about sponsoring a registrant.

Discounts available to KEMPA members.

$20 per student and adviser for KEMPA-member publications. 

If you wish to become a regular member, use this KEMPA membership form 2023-2024 (membership: $60) and send it to Bob Kay at the address on the form.

Additional Information

Check-in will take place outside the Hamilton Room outside the University Center between 9:00 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.

Awards presentation for newspaper and yearbook competition/critiques will occur at 9:30 a.m.

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! 

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. We have prepared a page with answers to 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 the 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 of 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.

KEMPA Membership

If you wish to become a regular member, use this KEMPA membership form 2023-2024 (membership: $60) and send it to Bob Kay at the address on the form.

Advisers, please consider presenting at the conference. Your experience as an adviser is invaluable, so feel free to share a favorite lesson or activity with other students or advisers. We’d like sessions both for students and advisers. We welcome proposals that would focus on any aspect of journalism, including advising, photography, writing, newspaper, magazine, yearbook, online publishing, advertising, broadcast and more. Please use the following link to submit a proposal to present at the conference. You can choose to receive a modest presenter’s stipend or donate the stipend to KEMPA.

Event Schedule

Time Activity
9:00 am Check In | University Center
9:30 am Welcome & Awards
10:00 am Keynote
10:45 am Session 1
11:30 am LUNCH | Advisers and Presenters Annual KEMPA Meeting
12:45 pm Session 2
1:30 pm Conference Concluded
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