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 Fall Journalism Conference

2 Winter Seminar

Save the dates, March 1-2, for an engaging seminar at Lake Geneva with Steve Matson, MJE.

2-3 Summer Workshop This year’s successful workshop added a new class for Literary Magazine.

4 President’s message

Journalism teachers need to focus on education. J-skills make a difference for students.

5 Day Workshop report

Appleton North High School photos inside. Book your workshop now.

6 KEMPA Profile

Audrey Kemp has KEMPA in her blood, since her high school days.

7 Online Advice

Evelyn Lauer, CJE, offers advice about publishing online in a regular KEMPA column.

8 KEMPA Calendar

Keep up to date with KEMPA deadlines and events.

9 Bright Ideas

Kim Praser, MJE, shares activities for motivating students at the start of the year.

photo by Hank Koshollek

Tom Juran, yearbook adviser and graphics instructor at Brookfield (Wis.) Central High School, presents a session at the 2011 Fall Journalism Conference on how to make yearbooks eye-catching, appealing and up-to-date.

2012: Digital media, lit mag sessions  by Sandy Jacoby


ven more news to use packs 107 sessions on Friday, Oct. 19, at KEMPA Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference, to be held on University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus. Over 50 journalists, photojournalists, broadcasters from TV and radio, videographers, yearbook specialists and key advisers present for high school journalists and their advisers an array of sessions that sharpen every journalistic skill and demystify software like InDesign and Photoshop. From identifying design trends to maximizing visual and verbal coverage, sessions set the standards for a successful staff year. Journalism and the technology that drives it are changing at a dizzying pace in society and at school. With featured sessions, KEMPA presents the new Digital Media & Online Journalism strand to guide

student media into the 21st Century. Each session offers writing for online and broadcast media, videography, using Twitter and blogging, technology and digital entrepreneurship. Marquette University communications and media staff as well as professional news organizations step up to unleash the digital drive for schools. One of the first Scripps Howard Journalism Fellows shows how to use technology and digital media to capitalize on school community opportunities. Marquette’s Journalism and Media Studies Department Chair preps students for the high school-college transition by discussing what colleges are doing with digital media. Find out tricks from an experienced blogger on how to generate topics, themes and blog posts for blogging to benefit student media. Experts share technical know-how for getting student media programs into the digital world. KEMPA sessions also explore the MORE on page 2

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Winter Advisers Seminar Geneva Ridge Resort Lake Geneva, Wis. March 1-2, 2013

Fall Conference offers many new sessions FROM page 1 media’s role and Wisconsin’s recent national prominence as a battleground for conservative and liberal politics in a struggling economy. Opening with the financial and physical constraints of a slow economic recovery, schools and their media staffs will seek to review the effect of funding on school class sizes and staff reductions. School media must tell the stories of a growing wealth inequality, college debt and employment in a global marketplace as well as cover other difficult issues like cyberbullying. Fall Conference stimulates media response to these challenges and more. Also new, KEMPA announces expanded sessions to inspire Literary Magazine. Experienced advisers present sessions to guide schools from concept, content, technology to press. Please review the Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference brochure’s schedule that considers the school day and transportation. After the 8 a.m. registration, the day opens with 8:20 a.m. awards for newspapers and yearbooks whose advisers chose to submit their publications before June 15 for evaluation. Arrive early to cheer as school pride in publications spur growth in journalism programs. Two 45-minute sessions, with the first at 9:30 a.m., occur prior to lunch where students are on their own while advisers meet with presenters at an awards luncheon. A third session maximizes professional journalism contacts before boarding buses at 1:45 p.m. to accommodate school schedules. In a news world of convergence where all journalists must practice and master every skill set, Fall Conference launches high school students into the many roles journalists play in reporting the news for broadcast, print and online newspaper and yearbook. Fall Conference promotes editorial leadership and staff motivation. Plan to be there Friday, Oct. 19. Watch the school mail for Fall SJC brochure and registration forms or go on line to download/print the brochure and registration forms at



 by Stan Zoller, MJE


Here’s a unique opportunity: • Two days at a leading resort nestled in scenic Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. • Two days of outstanding professional development opportunities. • Two days to network and exchange ideas with advisers from throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Sound too good to be true? It’s not – these are the plans for the 2013 Winter Advisers Seminar March 1-2 at Grand Geneva’s Timber Ridge Lodge in Lake Geneva. The featured presenter will be Steve Matson, MJE. Matson taught newspaper and yearbook journalism for 22 years, and he speaks regularly at national conventions and workshops. The newspaper his students published received several national Pacemakers, Gold

Crowns, and Best of Show trophies and was inducted into the NSPA Hall of Fame. Matson has received JEA’s Medal of Merit, NSPA’s Pioneer Award and WJEA’s Adviser of the Year, and his journalism staff manual received a JEA award for “Innovative Instruction.” Matson served on the JEA Board for 14 years as Regional Director for the Northwest region and was the local chair for the 2012 Seattle national journalism convention. In addition to Matson’s insights, participants will have the chance to have some “specialized” training. w Presenters are scheduled to include professionals from yearbook companies, professional media and active and retired advisers. If you have a topic you think might make a great break-out, email co-chairs Stan Zoller, MJE ( or Kim Praser, MJE ( Mark your calendar now – March 1 and 2 at the Grand Geneva Resort.

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Students relish summer journalism  by Kellie Doyle


ll of the students are different. Some arrive at KEMPA’s Summer Journalism Workshop with little to no publication experience. Others want to learn how to be effective leaders. No matter their strengths or weaknesses, they all leave a rigorous four-day camp feeling the same way: really, really excited. The 38th annual workshop took place from July 22-25 at UW-Whitewater with an enrollment of 50 students split between five

different classes: Newspaper Editors, Layout and Design, Yearbook, Photojournalism, and, for the first time ever, Literary Magazine. Many students commented that their favorite parts of their experience were the instructors, the hands-on experience, the small class sizes, and, to their surprise, the fun. One student said he or she would recommend the workshop to peers because, “I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did, while still learning and working.” Words like “energetic,” “knowledgeable,” and “amazing” were used to describe the instructors. MORE on page 3

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 Summer Workshop

Summer Staff Kellie Doyle Workshop Director Lakes Community High School newspaper adviser

Sarah Beckman Assistant to the director Illinois State University student photo by Kellie Doyle

Carolyn Wagner Editors class instructor Lake Zurich High School newspaper adviser

Hank Koshollek Photojournalism class instructor Capitol Times photographer, retired

Joe Koshollek Photojournalism class instructor Koshollek Photography owner, photographer

Bryce Ulmer Yearbook class instructor S.C.Johnson & Son graphic designer

Patrick Johnson, CJE Layout & Design class instructor Marquette University graduate student and teaching assistant Jamie Collins Literary Magazine class instructor Lakes Community High School literary magazine adviser

Abby Lutz, Khari Bell and Lindsey Kuhagen, yearbook students from Harborside Academy in Kenosha, Wis., discuss team building ideas during one of two special interest sessions that occur during Workshop. These sessions allow students to learn about additional journalism and/or staff-related issues outside of their core class.

Summer Workshop offers optimal experience FROM page 2 “The teachers took interest and appreciation in our work,” one photojournalism student said. KEMPA strives to make changes and additions to its workshop to meet the needs and expectations of the scholastic journalism programs it serves – both for members and non-members alike. That’s why this year it offered a pre-workshop session on Photoshop, taught by professional graphic designer Bryce Ulmer, who doubled as the yearbook class instructor. Nearly half of the workshop’s attendees opted to attend the session, and one student referred to her experience as the “most helpful three hours of my summer.” Additionally, beginning with Summer Workshop, KEMPA is reaching out to serve literary magazine programs. The class was taught by Jamie Collins, who advises Lakes Community High School’s award-winning publication. KEMPA hopes to offer sessions for literary magazine students and advisers at Fall Conference in October, too. Summer Workshop is not only about the students, though. Seven advisers attended Ad-

photo by Sarah Beckman

Patrick Johnson, layout and design instructor, comments on the “look” of student yearbooks and newspapers during a small group activity with Corina Bottcher of North Boone (Ill.) High School, Sara Pardej of Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School and Paige Varsos of St. Francis (Wis.) High School. The class posted their final work at Sign in as KEMPAjournalism and the password is journalism.

viser Day on the Tuesday of camp, attending sessions about taking publications online, press law, and more. They also had time to meet and work with their students. Adviser Day was led by KEMPA Executive Director Linda Barrington and Vice President Sandy Jacoby. KEMPA will continue to make tweaks to its programming to offer students and advisers an optimum experience. And nothing is more motivat-

ing for organizers to hear than when a student asks, “Can I come again?”

FINAL TALLY 25 51 5 20 7

High schools represented Workshop participants Classes Photoshop participants Advisers on Adviser Day

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news  in brief 

Online newspaper critiques start Sept. 20 If you submitted your print newspaper for critique, you can still get your online publication critiqued for only $20. The judge visits your website 10 times between Sept. 20 and Oct. 20. Contact Kim Praser, MJE, now to arrange for your online critique.

KEMPA welcomes literary magazines At the summer meeting, KEMPA Board members voted unanimously to include literary magazines as another KEMPA publication. Summer Workshop included a literary magazine class, Fall Conference will have a strand of sessions, and by next spring, KEMPA will offer critiques. Do you have a literary magazine at your school? Please pass along KEMPA information to that adviser and welcome him or her to become part of the KEMPA family. The KEMPA membership form is on the last page of this newsletter and on the KEMPA website.

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Journalism can drive the education experience I recently went car shopping. Car sales representatives are quick to tell you about how good the car looks (as if you can’t see that for yourself) and all the whistles and bells. Sun roofs, satellite radio, heated seats and automatic mirrors. But what I wanted to know was this – how well is the car engineered, what drives (no pun intended) its performance. The same can be said for journalism, specifically scholastic journalism. As journalism educators, we all know it’s great to have new technology, a new yearbook representative or that updated copy of InDesign. We love the whistles and bells. But what about the engineering behind our media that makes it run well? The unfortunate reality is that while some advisers are so wrapped up in the whistles and bells that the engineering takes a back seat. The challenges facing scholastic journalism remain – and continue to grow. We’re not talking small staffs, but significant issues like, such as prior review, prior restraint and censorship. Advisers can no longer take the passive route and thank their lucky stars that it doesn’t “happen to them,” nor can they put all of their eggs in the awards basket and ride the surf of ribbons and trophies. With the growing emphasis on quantifiable results on standardized and AP tests, journalism teachers need to focus on the “middle” of JEA – Education. The benchmark of journalism research, the twice-done study “Why Journalism Matters” by Jack Dvorak, has documented the classroom skills learned by journalism student can make a difference. It does not matter how many awards a paper, yearbook or web site wins – it’s what helps the student that matters. The need to produce materials that the news consumer can trust, especially

Stan Zoller, MJE

from the President

in the era of first and fast outweighs fair is essential. We need to make sure we educate our students about journalism as opposed to just having them “practice the craft.” On Oct. 19, KEMPA will once again host its Scholastic Journalism Conference. This program, held at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, attracts more than 1,100 scholastic journalists and advisers. Sessions are led by experts in yearbooks, newspaper, online journalism, photojournalism and broadcast journalism. New this year will be sessions on producing literary magazines. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your staff to enhance its journalism education so you can enhance the “engineering” of your media. The bottom line is this -- we need to challenge our students to take that proverbial “extra step.” I like to tell my students that the reporting they do needs to be “VIA-ble” – Verifiable, Independent and Accountable. My students will find that they need to find the “VIA-ability” of a story by deconstructing every aspect of it – from sources to its timeliness and proximity. In many ways it’s “the next step” of reporting – making student reporters critically think about what they preparing. Conversely, they need to apply the same skills when they deconstruct a story no matter how it’s delivered – in print, on the air or on line. The development of these skills will hopefully be cross-curricular and help students on ACTs and AP tests. Which could be a win-win situation – advisers get stronger reporting and the administrators get the quantifiable results they relish. As for awards – they’ll remain as important ever. But with a stronger focus on journalism education, they’ll be worth even more.


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 Day Workshop


Schedule a KEMPA workshop at your school You pick the topics, you pick the day, KEMPA provides the instruction. Contact Patrick Johnson, CJE, (pjohnson.8@gmail. com) now to set up a workshop at your school. There’s still time to put together a workshop as an inschool field trip.

“The KEMPA Day Workshop was exactly what my team needed. It provided so much in only one day: how to cover the news, story ideas, layout examples, even an InDesign tutorial. The presenter was an expert in both journalism and education, and offered so many ideas and tips that my students can take and use right away to further grow as journalists. We’ll definitely ask KEMPA back for more in the future.” -- Aaron Ramponi, Appleton North High School, English teacher and Noctiluca newspaper adviser

Appleton North High School

Day workshop Fall Schedule Sometime in September: Day Workshop at Bloom High School, Chicago Heights, Ill. Topic: To be determined Sept. 26: Day Workshop at Thornton Fractional South High School, Lansing, Ill. Topic: Magazine Production Oct. 5: Day Workshop at Libertyville High School, Ill. Topics: Newsmagazines, Photoshop, InDesign Date to be determined: Benet Academy, Lisle, Ill. Topic: To be determined

photos by Linda Barrington

Noctiluca editors attended a one-day KEMPA workshop at their school on August 24. Maya Murzello (front left) is this year’s Culture editor and Monica Stoeger is Features editor. Trent Beilke (back left) is Sports editor and Sam Allen, Opinion editor. On her evaluation form, Maya said, “I learned a good way to communicate with writers through the beat system.”


Joining another school’s workshop Check with Patrick Johnson, CJE, ( to see if there’s room available to join an already scheduled workshop. Another option is to partner with one or more schools in your area to host a workshop in one school. Whichever partnering option you choose, all participating schools share in the cost of the workshop.

Morning Covering the News Using a Beat System and Maestro Planning Taking a Story from Start to Finish Afternoon Layout and Design Basics Introduction to InDesign (hands on in lab)

Details Cost $700 for 6 hours of instruction $50 discount for KEMPA members $50 discount if staff or instructor attends another KEMPA event during the year Host school responsibilities Make arrangements for lunch Provide photocopying of handouts

Photo editor Nate Corriea said on his evaluation form that the top three things he learned at the workshop were press law as it applies to photos, graphics technology and how to start a story.

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FEATURE About Audrey Kemp

for 20 years.

Audrey Kemp is the yearbook adviser at D.C. Everest High School. She has been involved with KEMPA for nearly 30 years and has served on the board

Audrey’s Advice for New Advisers “It becomes part of your life and for better or for worse, sometimes you want to pull your hair out, but then something will happen that makes it all worthwhile. The relationship that you have with kids, when you see them grow and take on responsiblities, it makes it all worthwhile. It just becomes part of what’s ingrained in you. It takes a lot of dedication, it takes a lot of patience and it takes a lot of love for what you’re doing in order to do it well and pass on the passion to some other people, like our young adults that are going through our programs.”

Audrey’s History with KEMPA Journalism • Summer Workshop participant • KEMPA College Scholarship recipient • Summer Workshop lab assistant • Write-Off Judge at Fall Conference • Summer Workshop instructor • KEMPA Board member • KEMPA Board secretary • KEMPA Scholarship Committee • 2005 KEMPA Yearbook Adviser of the Year • 2011 KEMPA Hall of Fame


 Audrey Kemp

KEMPA at heart, every step of the way  by Linda Barrington, MJE


rom high school yearbook editor-in-chief to Marquette journalism graduate, from associate editor of the Milton Courier to D.C. Everest yearbook adviser: every step of the way, Audrey Kemp has been part of KEMPA. Milton High School yearbook adviser Nancy Becker selected Audrey as editor-in-chief her first year on staff. She convinced Audrey that it would be beneficial to learns something about the job first, so Audrey signed up for KEMPA Summer Workshop. “I learned just as much as I could that week so I’d be able to do the yearbook,” Audrey said. While at Marquette University, Audrey returned to Summer Workshop as Nancy’s lab assistant in her class. Years later, Audrey became a Summer instructor herself for five years. After college, Audrey worked as associate editor of the Milton Courier where she wrote features, editorials, sold advertising, covered the school beat, typed up social news, delivered the papers to the news stands and the post office. “I went to all the Milton High School sporting events and took photos,” Audrey said. “Everybody was just thrilled that it was more than just football and basketball. I even traveled with the gymnastics team on the school bus to take photos of them at their meet.” But even while she was a reporter, she was involved with KEMPA. In the fall of 1989, the Fall Conference began a Write-Off competition and KEMPA asked Audrey to serve as the judge, which she continued to do for more than 20 years, until the Write-Offs

In mid-August adviser Audrey Kemp helps staff member Allie Folino (the photographer) create a sidewalk chalk advertisement for yearbook sales during registration week. It was the first time they used a sidewalk chalk message to promote sales of the book.

were recently opportunity to discontinued. journalism Board member do During at D.C. Everest PROFILE her years as High School an associate in Schofield, editor, Audrey Wis., 15 years worked with ago when she the high school staffs of Milton became the adviser to the and Janesville Craig High yearbook. Schools. “Every year, I’m training Audrey then realized she yearbook kids from scratch. We loved working with students, start out the year learning terso she went back to school to minology, learning how to use earn her teaching certification. the computer software and then “I wanted to work with we start working toward our young people on high school first deadline,” Audrey said. publications,” Audrey said. “I The challenges in creating wanted to stay true to myself a yearbook are different now with journalism to help defrom the time when she was a velop the skills and the passion student editor. in the up-and-coming genera“Thank goodness we don’t tion of journalists.” have to type on triple carbon After getting her teachforms or hand crop every sining license, she substituted in gle photo any more!”Audrey several school districts, then said. “Yearbook was challengtaught for a year in New Berlin ing as a student, and even (Wis.) at Eisenhower High more so as an adviser. I just School and then at West High hope I can inspire my stuSchool. dents as much as my adviser She finally found the inspired me.”

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FEATURE in brief 

About Evelyn Lauer, CJE

So, you’ve decided to go online, now what?

Evelyn Lauer, CJE, is a fourth-year adviser at Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill. She advises Niles West News, www.nileswestnews. org. She is a 2012 JEA Rising Star and a member of the JEA Digital Media committee.

Part 1: Logistics

The Niles West News is a member of KEMPA. It won All-KEMPA in the online publications category last fall.

1. Find/Purchase a Memorable URL You’re going to need to do a quick Google search to determine if your chosen URL is taken. You can also kill two birds with one stone and go to a hosting site such as or to find and purchase a URL.

JEA Digital Media site updated this summer

• We launched the Guide to Broadcast and Video in July. It’s got some great resources highlighted and will be updated as we add more posts to the site. While there was a great team working on making it a reality, the effort was spearheaded by Michael Hernandez and Don Goble. They did some incredible work. The guide compliments our Guide to Moving Online • went through a redesign, choosing a responsive theme to make the site more mobile-friendly. If you’d like to know more about responsive designs here are a couple posts: Responsive Design 101 and Where to find responsive Wordpress themes • Last week Beth Phillips shared a Social Media class curriculum she created. It’s a great resource if you’re looking to incorporate more social media in your class or pitch a course in it at your school • We’ve had 30 other posts since June 1 you may want to go back and scan. They join the other 450+ others that we have on the site which help staffs do everything from start their own site to take their current one to the next level. Aaron Manfull, MJE, NBCT JEA Digital Media Chair e. t. @manfull

Evelyn Lauer, CJE evelau@

online advice

If you read my last column, you’ve thought about all the reasons why your publication should be online and you’ve decided to give it a try. So now what? Here’s the five next key steps that involve logistically setting up your site:

We went with because it was simple, memorable and identified our school. It was also available and cheap. 2. Find a Hosting Site We host internally, meaning our school hosts our site; however, most high school websites are hosted externally. Again, is a popular hosting site. If hosting externally, expect to pay between $7-9/month — but, hey, it’s cheaper than printing paper! 3. Choose a Platform and Buy a Premium Theme Almost all high school websites run from a platform/content management system called Word Press. Go to and browse around. You and your staff can choose a free theme, but it won’t be as unique and flexible and as a premium one for which you’ll pay about $75 (one-time fee). 4. Play and Explore The best way to learn Word Press is to spend some time with it. Find other high school websites that you like and model your site after theirs. That’s what we did. I had my students study 15 successful

websites (check out the NSPA Pacemaker finalists) and list what they liked from each. From here we designed our site. Search for “Word Press Plugins” and you can add lots of cool features to your site. 5. Promote and Launch My best advice: Start small (a few articles, some pictures). Once you’ve got some content up, pick a launch date. Then PROMOTE it. We launched Sept. 20, 2010. We had t-shirts made, posted signs, teased the site via announcements and had a special launch party in the cafeteria that day where we set up laptops and encouraged students to check out the site. We also set up a Facebook fan page and Twitter account; I cannot stress doing these two things enough. Having more than 500 fans before we launched really helped drive traffic to the site when it was ready. So, there you have it. Five steps to get you online. Next time, I’ll address what to do once you’re there. If you have any questions about going online, you can email me at evelau@d219. org. Also check out the JEA Digital Media site, .


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CALENDAR September

early September KEMPA mailing for Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference TBD

Day Workshop at Bloom High School, Chicago Heights, Ill. Topic: TBD

Sept. 8

KEMPA Board meeting at UW-Whitewater, Roseman Hall, 9:30 a.m., Room 2007

Sept. 16

Day Workshop at Benet Academy, Lisle, Ill. Topics: Newswriting, Reporting, Layout & Design

Sept. 20 -Oct. 20 Time period when KEMPA judge is reviewing online publications who requested a critique Sept. 26

Day Workshop at Thornton Fractional South High School, Lansing, Ill. Topic: Magazine Production

October Oct. 5

Day Workshop at Libertyville High School, Ill. Topics: Newsmagazines, Photoshop, InDesign

Oct. 13

Deadline for registration for Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference

Oct. 19

Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference, UWWhitewater

Oct. 15

Deadline for KEMPA fall-delivery yearbooks to be submitted for critique.

November Nov. 3

KEMPA Board meeting at UW-Whitewater, Roseman Hall, 9:30 a.m., Room 2007

early November online publications to receive their critiques


January early January KEMPA College Scholarhsip mailing to all KEMPA-member publications

February early February KEMPA mailing will remind you to encour age your seniors who are going to major in a journalism-related field to apply for a KEMPA Scholarship. TBD

KEMPA Board meeting at UW-Whitewater, Roseman Hall, 9:30 am., Room 2007

Feb. 6

Early registration deadline for Winter Adviser Seminar, March 1-2.

Feb. 6

Hotel reservation deadline for reduced rates at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva for the Winter Advisers Seminar.

March early March KEMPA membership renewal mailing to all members will provide you with an invoice for easy check request from your school. March 1-2 KEMPA Winter Advisers Seminar, Grand Geneva Resort’s Timber Ridge Lodge, Lake Geneva, Wis. TBD

Postmark deadline for student applications for KEMPA scholarships.


KEMPA Board meeting at UW-Whitewater, Roseman Hall, 9:30 a.m., Room 2007


December early December Fall yearbooks to receive their critiques

May early May Scholarship notifications will be in the mail. early May Mailing to KEMPA schools requesting nominations for Adviser of the Year, Administrator of the Year May 30

Deadline for discounted rate for students attending KEMPA Summer Workshop

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About Kim Praser, MJE Kim Praser, MJE, NBCT, is KEMPA membership vicepresident and teaches at Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Ill., where she is the yearbook adviser.


Motivating your staff  by Kim Praser, MJE


henever a school year gets underway, within a few weeks the excitement ends. Once deadlines set in, routines are established and a media’s staff simply ambles in and out, what is an adviser to do? How about playing games? These games can be played weekly, once after a deadline has been met or whenever the staff needs a change of pace. Some require materials and some do not. However, they are all fun and engaging team builders.

Water balloon sheet toss 1. Have students in teams of five to seven. 2. Give each team a shower curtain or flat sheet that should be folded into a large square. 3. Place one team on each side of a “net” that can be made with a rope or tape. 4. Have the teams volley back and forth. When one team earns a point, that scoring team must fold their curtain or sheet in half. Also, there are no out-of-bounds in this game. 5. The team who has scored the most points and has the smallest curtain or sheet wins.

Cookie slide The object of this game is to have students place a cookie (Oreo or some thick sandwich cookies works best,) on their foreheads and try to inch it down to their mouth. Students may not use their hands, only their heads.

Team talk Divide students into groups of five or six. Have one sheet of paper per team. With each topic, students must brainstorm related items and write them on the sheet of paper. They can do this discretely with the same topic or give each team a different topic to discuss and brainstorm. Topics: Name things that…

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Fall 2012

President Stan Zoller, MJE

Secretary Kellie Doyle

Vice-President Sandy Jacoby

Treasurer Jeff Willauer

Membership Vice-President Kim Praser, CJE

Update Editor, Executive Director Linda Barrington, MJE

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Can be stacked Line up Come in a rainbow of colors Are ordered Are ways to travel Flow Are double Come in sticks Are kinds of cards You fold Are numbered

Comfort zone Have students get into a wide circle. Make the center of that circle represent most comfortable; as in “I am most comfortable doing this or that.” The farther away from that center point, the less comfortable students are at doing this or that. Some situations or tasks to ask them: 1. Speaking to strangers. 2. Taking pictures. 3. Working with new computer software. 4. Being on a ladder. 5. Taking an airplane. 6. Playing video games. 7. Going on a roller coaster. 8. Reading a book for English. 9. Talking to a friend. 10. Peer-editing someone on staff’s work.

These are just a small sample of games that can be used. Some additional resources are: NBC’s Minute to Win It , Icebreakers, &Teambuilders and Teambuilding Games. Do make the time to fit these games in. Be it a minute, 10 or an entire period, your staff will thank you for the much needed break from the norm. You’ll see an increase in productivity, too.

Kettle Moraine Press Association


Membership / Critique Form

The Kettle Moraine Press Association, headquartered at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is committed to providing high-quality, professional resources and enriching educational opportunities for high school journalists and their advisers. Serving Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, KEMPA offers you the following benefits and services for just $50 (or $65 after June 15) per publication per year: ¥ Critique Service for Yearbooks & Newspapers ¥ Special Awards for Advisers, Media & Administrators ¥ Scholarships for Students of KEMPA Member Schools ¥ Subscription to KEMPA Update newsletter ¥ Summer Journalism Workshop

¥ Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference ¥ Winter AdvisersÕ Seminar ¥ Latest Information on Student Press Rights Issues ¥ Day Workshops at Your School ¥ Facebook Community for Troubleshooting

KEMPA membership is open to publications of any school, to professional journalists and to yearbook company representatives. Membership runs from June 15 to June 15.

Membership Information

Critique Information

Type of publication: (One publication per membership)

Size of School  Under 500  500-1,000  Over 1,000

 Yearbook

 Newspaper/Newsmagazine

 Online Newspaper

 Literary Magazine NEW!

Publication Name

How often does this publication come out each year?  Yearly  3-4 Times  Monthly  10 or more times/year This publication is:

School Name

 part of a class

 extracurricular

Yearbooks only: which company prints the book?

School Address City



AdviserÕs Name Adviser Phone

 Herff Jones

 Jostens

 Balfour/Taylor

 Walsworth

 Other: _________________________

Production: Who is responsible for each of these areas? (Give answers in percentages)

Adviser Email Publication Email





Copy Writing

KEMPA Membership (includes one critique) $50



Late Fee: postmarked after June 15 $15



Critique of Online Newspaper (addÕl to print) $20

$ _____


JEA Membership (see amount below)*



Super Critique (with additional notes) $15


KEMPA Scholarship Donation

$______ Total Enclosed $

Mail payments, membership form, and publication(s) to: Kim Praser 8148 Nueport Drive South Willow Springs, IL 60480

Deadlines: June 15 for newspapers; July 1 for spring delivery yearbooks; October 15 for fall delivery yearbooks. Newspapers: submit THREE consecutive issues.

Questions? – about membership status – camps and workshops – awards and scholarships Visit us at

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ *JEA Membership (for advisers, not publications): Write one check for both memberships payable to KEMPA. Your name:__________________________________________ Type of Membership:

_____CJE ____MJE



____teacher/adviser $55 Join/Continue JEA MembersÕ Listserv? Yes____ No_____ ____associate (non-teacher professional) $75 Please send publications to: ___work (above) or ___home address: ____retired teacher/adviser $30 ____college student $25 ____lifetime member $600

September 2012 KEMPA Update  

The fall issue of the KEMPA Update, published by the Kettle Moraine Press Association.