Check Out NINA’s New E-Newsletter!

Arriving straight to your email, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is starting 2018 with our first e-newsletter. The premiere issue will be sent at 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. If you'd like to receive it, click this link and sign up now! From training workshops to perspectives from journalists, Northern Illinois newsies can stay on …

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5 Awesome Things NINA Did In 2017

BY JAY DICKERSON 2017 was a banner year for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. NINA had five key accomplishments in the past year: 1. Scholarships NINA’s scholarships this year went to students at Walter Payton College Prep. Grace McDermott and Allison Cho each impressed our judges panel. 2017 marks the 20th year for our scholarship …

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Jurik: Reflections on Tribune Tower And Other Newsrooms Loved And Lost

By PHIL JURIK Some co-workers enter Tribune Tower through a back entrance by the loading docks because it's closer to their parking lots. I walk the extra steps and climb the stairs to Michigan Avenue because I never tire of the grandeur of the front entrance or of the quotes, etched in marble high on the walls, …

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NIU Student’s ‘Wow’ Profile Of Pulitzer Winner To Be Published in Daily Southtown

By JASON AKST Every once in a while, a story comes along about a journalism student that knocks your socks off and renews your faith in the future of our profession. This is one of those stories. Last fall, Northern Illinois University student Lauren Clohessy was enrolled for honors credit in my feature writing class …

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Hey, NINA Members! This February, Get Out Of The Newsroom And Into The Classroom!

By KATHY BALCAZAR - kbalcazar@shawmedia.com Newsroom employees will be making some meaningful visits to classrooms throughout Northern Illinois in February — and we're asking you to take part. We're dubbing the second stanza of 2018 "Journalist Drop-In Month." During that month, NINA is asking news editors, desk editors, photographers and reporters to drop by classrooms …

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Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle big winners

DeKALB — More than 60 regional journalists and journalism educators gathered Thursday for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association's annual awards banquet at Northern Illinois University. The Daily Herald won a sweepstakes award for having the most points in the daily category, and the Kane County Chronicle won a sweepstakes for earning the most points in …

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Register now for annual banquet, featuring columnist Rex Huppke

Please join Northern Illinois journalists for a special evening Oct. 26 featuring Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke. NINA's annual banquet also will recognize the past year's best work from journalists in Northern Illinois with an awards presentation. Rex Huppke was a chemical engineer before going back to school for a journalism degree from Missouri. He was …

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Awesome, FREE FOIA, Watchdog Seminar Sept. 21!

Seriously, how often have you complained in the last few years that there's never enough time for training, or that training is too costly, or that we can't get to those important stories? When was the last time you FOIA'd something, or asked yourself if you were doing it effectively? Well, there's an opportunity coming …

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Some details about entering the NINA contest

By now submitting entries to NINA's annual news competition via our online database system has become routine for most members. However, some minor details are hanging people up. Here are some finer points to consider while registering: You must register before trying to log in. Don't go to the login screen thinking you can create …

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