Eastland’s Erin Henze Is Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year!

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is honoring a member of the Eastland High School Class of 2020 as Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year. NINA will award a $1,000 scholarship to Erin Henze of Shannon to help her continue her journalism education at the college level. Henze plans to attend DePaul University in …

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NINA Simplifies Annual Dues Structure

This article is written by Pat Szpekowski, APR, freelance writer and NINA's second vice president. Staying strong and remaining a positive voice for newspapers and journalists remains a top priority for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. While our mission is unchanged, NINA is always looking to the future and evolving with the times. We have …

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NINA NEWS RELEASE: Journalists, Public Must Rally Around Tribune Employees

NEWS RELEASE 2.11.20 DEKALB, IL — The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association on Feb. 5 posted a statement on its website calling for journalists, news organizations and the general public to rally around Tribune Company employee efforts to maintain the integrity of one of our nation’s great news organizations. Alden Global, a New York hedge fund, …

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NINA Opens Competition For 2020 High School Journalist of The Year

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association will award a $1,000 scholarship this spring to the high school senior picked by the association as the 2020 Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year. The scholarship winner will receive a commemorative plaque and recognition that will stand out on their college applications and resume. NINA President Margarita …

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NINA STATEMENT ON ALDEN GLOBAL PURCHASE OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

NINA STATEMENT — FEB. 5, 2020 The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association today calls for journalists, news organizations, units of government and the general public to rally around Tribune Company employee efforts to maintain the integrity of one of our nation’s great news organizations. This statement follows reports that Alden Global, a New York hedge fund, …

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Feb. 21 Deadline! NIU Seeks Alum of The Year, Illinois Journalist of The Year

The Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University invites nominations for two of its most prestigious honors — the Donald R. Grubb Distinguished Journalism Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award and the Illinois Journalist of the Year Award. Nominations for both awards must be submitted electronically by Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 to Jason Akst (jakst@niu.edu). Nominations …

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NINA Needs Your Feedback: 9 Questions That Can Make Us Better Journalists

The news world is an ever-changing landscape, but now — perhaps with more urgency than ever in the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association's 58-year history — the NINA board needs to keep in touch with its members and friends so that it can remain relevant. NINA does so by routinely sending out surveys to gauge what …

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Daily Herald’s John Lampinen Joins NINA Board

On his Twitter page, John Lampinen describes himself as "editor of the Daily Herald, Waukegan native, Illini grad, Nellie Fox collector, lover of White Sox, poetry, film and travel, and devoted grandparent." It's probably also fair to say that Lampinen is one of the most influential Chicago-area  journalists of our generation — and, as it …

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NINA Board Selects First Latina President, Announces 2020 Leadership

OK, you've probably already read the "from the president" story on this NINA blog, so you know our president this year is Margarita Mendoza. But what you might not know is the rest of the board members' names — and what you might want to know is a little more about Mendoza. So here's the …

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