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Renew. Refresh. Restore.

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 three as necessary!

• RENEW your 2022 membership to NINA. Get involved, send us your thoughts, and watch for news about our annual contest and 60th anniversary. Tell fellow colleagues about NINA and let’s continue to build NINA and watch membership grow.

• REFRESH your commitment. Take advantage of educational and training sessions. Network with other journalists. Support, mentor, and visit future journalists at the high school, community college, college or university levels.

• RESTORE your passion and enthusiasm for our industry. Print and digital newspapers have been through tough times. Remember that spark that led you into a career of journalism.

There is power in numbers. We’re an entire team of journalists, freelancers, photographers, editors, publishers, and educators. Together, let’s join forces to continue our community leadership role as journalists across Northern Illinois.

This year, NINA would be privileged to feature and share information about what’s new at your newspaper during this exciting NINA 60th anniversary year. You’ll be hearing from me with a request for you to tell us your unique story.

I am privileged to be NINA president this year. For many of you whom I have not crossed paths with over the years, I will admit I have had an unusual path of having both feet in two separate professions. I have always been committed to following an ethical journey every day.

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