by Pat Szpekowski, NINA president Victoria Feng photo credit/Alicia Johnson, Alicia's Photography We are pleased to announce that Victoria Feng of Buffalo Grove, a recent graduate of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Vernon Hills, has been awarded this year’s $1,000 NINA John Etheredge High School Scholarship. The scholarship is now named in honor of… Continue reading Feng receives NINA high school scholarship
This message is for any high school principal, student newspaper adviser, yearbook adviser, guidance counselor -- or any NINA partner who knows of a budding high school talent and wants to point that young person in the direction of a $1,000 scholarship. The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, a professional organization with member newspapers throughout the… Continue reading Help NINA Find The 2022 High School Journalist of The Year
For our 60th anniversary, we're adding a few new events to our usual calendar. Starting in May, Northern Illinois Newspaper Association members will gather for free informal chats at noon over Zoom. Watch for details soon.
by Pat Szpekowski, APR - NINA President NINA is proud of its legacy and affiliation with Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The roots of our organization were formed here and NINA has grown and prospered over the years. As we celebrate NINA’s 60th in 2022, you might have noticed our tagline for this anniversary year… Continue reading NIU Student Journalist joins NINA Board
by Pat Szpekowski, APR - NINA President Happy New Year! For years, I’ve repeated the mantra - Renew. Refresh. Restore. It’s been the positive way to cope with all of the challenges that pop up nearly every single day. I invite you to join me as we pursue the “Three R’s” in 2022. REPEAT all… Continue reading Renew. Refresh. Restore.
Pat Szpekowski, an award-winning freelance writer and president of PR Strategies & Communications, Inc./PmS Advertising, Inc. in Elgin, IL, has been chosen to lead the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association in the organization's 60th anniversary year. Szpekowski's election is groundbreaking because of her experience as a public relations strategist, an independent businesswoman and longtime newspaper contributor.… Continue reading Pat Szpekowski Takes Over as NINA President in Organization’s 60th Year
by Dan Campana Remember, the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. That line – a kicker to close out the album version of Aerosmith’s 1993 hit “Amazing” – came to mind as the NINA Virtual Awards Celebration wrapped up on Oct. 28. It’s an optimistic, introspective sentence which reminds us all… Continue reading Young journalists shine during NINA panel
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 Suburban Chronicle won the general excellence award in the nondaily category. The general excellence categories replace the sweepstakes awards, which previously were awarded to the organizations that had the best showing in the competition. About 15 nameplates submitted 277 entries… Continue reading Daily Herald, Suburban Chronicle general excellence winners in annual news competition
By Pat Szpekowski, NINA first vice president When driving to a destination, I usually catch a casual glance of signs when entering a new community. Cities and Villages proudly post accomplishments. You've seen them, too. Tree City USA. Hebron, Home of 1952 State Basketball Champions. Carpentersville-Bradie Tennell U.S. Olympic Champion. Algonquin-Jacobs High School alumnus Evan… Continue reading A sign of champions