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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Fuller: Newspapers Need To Explain Reasons For, Value of The Paywall

Editor's Note: This article is written by Jim Fuller, senior writer with the Daily Herald newspaper, college newspaper adviser and immediate past president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.  Click this link to read his blog directly and subscribe to additional posts. I feel my blood pressure rise when I see comments like this on …

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From The President: How NINA Will Meet Its Challenges in 2020

“Challenge” is a word that applies to all organizations, enterprises and aspects of life — and NINA is no exception. As we begin this new year, it’s no secret that scores of newspapers across America and around the world have closed in recent years. The industry is not what it was decades ago; we all …

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Margarita Mendoza Gets The Rhino, NINA’s Celebrated (And Strange) Honor

As we've chronicled in previous articles, no one really knows what the Rhino stands for, how it came to be or why it's passed from NINA Board president to president. But here it is, as you see in the feature photo of this post, being passed from outgoing NINA Board President Jim Fuller of the …

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NINA Sets Meeting Schedule, Looks Forward To Serving You in 2020!

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association has set its meeting schedule for 2020, so now is as good a time as any to invite prospective board members to attend meetings and all NINA members to get active in the organization. This year's NINA Board president is Margarita Mendoza, the editor of El Observador, the Spanish-language newspaper …

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Cyber Journalism Expert Will Headline NINA’s Oct. 24 Awards Banquet

 BY TOM PARISI, NINA Board Member Calling all muckrakers from the Windy City west to the Mississippi. You’re invited Thursday, Oct. 24, to the 2019 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA) awards banquet, where you’ll find out who’s doing the best-of-the-best journalism in our region. CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER ONLINE! If that’s not enough, well, …

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Trusting News: Here’s The Real Reason We Need You To Attend This Workshop

BY RICK NAGEL, NINA BOARD MEMBER This might not be the best marketing strategy, but I’m going to be totally honest about this “Trusting News” event that’s taking place tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 21) at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus. The workshop is, after all, about trust. I know from experience that I should be using …

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Time Is Running Out: Register Now For NINA’s ‘Trusting News’ Workshop

BY JASON AKST, MA, INSTRUCTOR, NIU DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." — George Orwell Time is running out to register for "Trusting News," a half-day seminar of strategies for news organizations to build/rebuild trust between us and the audiences we …

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend NINA’S Saturday, Sept. 21, Trusting News Workshop in Naperville

BY PAT SZPEKOWSKI, PR STRATEGIES, NINA BOARD MEMBER Stop what you're doing right now and email Shelley Hendricks at shendricks@niu.edu to let her know you're coming to the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association's "Trusting News" workshop on Sept. 21 at NIU's Naperville campus. Need a reason? Here are 10: (1) Have some FREE continuing education. Where …

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Fuller: It’s Long Past Time For Journalists To Engage in The Battle Against ‘Fake News’

BY JIM FULLER, NINA BOARD PRESIDENT This morning I received an email from a reader with a passive-aggressive response to a series of reports I did on a pending government contract. He didn't like the article because he wanted the contract to move forward. As a result of questions raised by my reporting, it did …

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