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McHenry’s Emma Snyder named 2021 scholarship recipient

By Dan Campana Emma Snyder’s newspaper adviser at McHenry High School calls her a “natural journalist” – it just took a little while for anyone to realize it. Snyder didn’t get involved with adviser Dane Erbach’s newspaper class and the school paper, the McHenry Messenger, until her junior year, but she quickly made an impression… Continue reading McHenry’s Emma Snyder named 2021 scholarship recipient

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Journalists, Let’s Talk about the 90% of Republicans who Don’t Trust Us

By Joy Mayer, Founder and Director of Trusting News Originally published on Trusting News Medium Only four in 10 Americans say they have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the news media. That’s according to Gallup, where they’ve been asking that question since 1972. Forty percent is bad, but it’s actually higher than… Continue reading Journalists, Let’s Talk about the 90% of Republicans who Don’t Trust Us

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5 COVID Stories You Might Not Already Have Thought Of — And How To Get Them

BY SHARON BOEHLEFELD, Outreach Committee Member 1. Vaccinations on the ground Photo by Artem Podrez from Pexels Now that mass vaccination sites are up and running, get the view on the ground. How many people are signing up? How many doses are they getting? What do some of the newly vaccinated feel about the process?… Continue reading 5 COVID Stories You Might Not Already Have Thought Of — And How To Get Them

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Campana: Life Isn’t Measured By Column Inches, But These 2 Stories Show Why Our Communities Need Them

BY DAN CAMPANA, NINA Board President That moment when you find a story you didn’t know you wanted, or needed, to read remains one of the beauties of flipping through the print edition of your favorite paper. Such lightning struck me twice in two days recently, each piece speaking directly to NINA’s emphasis on community… Continue reading Campana: Life Isn’t Measured By Column Inches, But These 2 Stories Show Why Our Communities Need Them

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Slonoff, Etheredge Leave Indelible Mark on Northern Illinois Newspaper Association

BY ROGER RUTHHART, NINA Board One of the advantages of being the old-timer on the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association board is that I’ve gotten to meet a lot of amazing people and seen many hard-working board members come and go. Sadly, along the way many have passed away or left the business altogether, but not… Continue reading Slonoff, Etheredge Leave Indelible Mark on Northern Illinois Newspaper Association

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NINA Will Host Lunchtime Zoom Brainstorming on April 6 Election Coverage

How are reporters and editors approaching coverage after the long presidential election cycle? How is the likely low turnout being addressed in coverage? What are some key themes being looked at when it comes to local government, school boards, and other contests? The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is hosting a one-hour session centered on the… Continue reading NINA Will Host Lunchtime Zoom Brainstorming on April 6 Election Coverage

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Shaw VP Dennis Anderson Joins NINA Board of Directors

Dennis Anderson, Shaw Media's new vice president of news and content development is also the newest member of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the Journal Star was recognized by Editor & Publisher as one of the 10 Newspapers That Do It Right, received the top award for General Excellence… Continue reading Shaw VP Dennis Anderson Joins NINA Board of Directors

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Campana: 2021 Should Be Community Journalism’s Best Year

BY DAN CAMPANA In Campana family lore, we have no confirmed date of when newsprint first touched my hands, but good sources recall it happened before my eyes could understand the words printed in what turned out to be a sports section. That early fascination with a newspaper led me to be the kid dropping… Continue reading Campana: 2021 Should Be Community Journalism’s Best Year