The NINA Excellence in Journalism Award

As part of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association’s 50th anniversary celebration, we’re announcing the NINA Excellence in Journalism Award. The award carries a $1,000 cash prize. Contests don’t get any simpler than this: Pick your best piece of work from the past year: story, series, project, photography, online work … whatever. Write a short cash …

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2012 NINA contest announced

We are pleased to announce NINA’s 2012 newspaper competition and invite your participation.  All materials will be mailed in the next few days, but they are available online now: Contest Rules and Categories 2012 Entry Form Please (1) read all rules carefully; (2) make certain your NINA membership is current and that you are entering …

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2012 NINA scholarship winners named

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association honored two outstanding student journalists this spring in the association’s 15th annual Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year scholarship competition. Winners are: First Place Taylor Wanbaugh Libertyville High School Taylor has served as editor-in-chief of Libertyville High School’s “Drops of Ink,” the school’s newsmagazine. She plans to continue …

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Election coverage tougher than ever, but ideas abound

News flash: Newspapers are understaffed. But elections are still happening and innovative coverage ideas are surfacing. On May 11 at NIU, in two town-hall style conversations moderated by Dirk Johnson and Roger Ruthhart, NINA journalists talked about challenges they face and some solutions they have found. “It’s our duty as gatekeepers to wade through what’s …

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