COVID-19, News Meeting

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

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Campana Named 2020-21 NINA President

Dan Campana, a communications professional and a longtime newspaper reporter and editor, has been named 2020-21 president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. Campana is the senior manager for communications with the Emergency Nurses Association. He spent nearly a decade in suburban Chicago newsrooms at the Daily Chronicle, Kane County Chronicle and The Aurora Beacon-News… Continue reading Campana Named 2020-21 NINA President

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Daily Herald, Evanston RoundTable general excellence winners in NINA competition

DeKALB — Regional journalists and journalism educators gathered virtually Thursday for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association’s annual awards ceremony.  The Daily Herald won the general excellence award in the daily category, and the Evanston RoundTable won the general excellence award in the nondaily category. The general excellence categories replace the sweepstakes awards, which previously were awarded to the organizations who had the best showing in the competition.  The… Continue reading Daily Herald, Evanston RoundTable general excellence winners in NINA competition