BY SHARON BOEHLEFELD, Outreach Committee Member 1. Vaccinations on the ground Photo by Artem Podrez from Pexels Now that mass vaccination sites are up and running, get the view on the ground. How many people are signing up? How many doses are they getting? What do some of the newly vaccinated feel about the process?… Continue reading 5 COVID Stories You Might Not Already Have Thought Of — And How To Get Them
BY SHELLEY HENDRICKS, Northern Star Adviser, NINA Board Secretary At the beginning of the pandemic, much was said about the merits of working from home. Some people could even be heard saying they’d gladly never go back to the office. I was not one of those people. I can’t wait until I can be in… Continue reading 8 Ways Student Journalism Is Different During a Pandemic
BY DAN CAMPANA, NINA Board President That moment when you find a story you didn’t know you wanted, or needed, to read remains one of the beauties of flipping through the print edition of your favorite paper. Such lightning struck me twice in two days recently, each piece speaking directly to NINA’s emphasis on community… Continue reading Campana: Life Isn’t Measured By Column Inches, But These 2 Stories Show Why Our Communities Need Them
BY ROGER RUTHHART, NINA Board One of the advantages of being the old-timer on the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association board is that I’ve gotten to meet a lot of amazing people and seen many hard-working board members come and go. Sadly, along the way many have passed away or left the business altogether, but not… Continue reading Slonoff, Etheredge Leave Indelible Mark on Northern Illinois Newspaper Association
Dennis Anderson, Shaw Media's new vice president of news and content development is also the newest member of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the Journal Star was recognized by Editor & Publisher as one of the 10 Newspapers That Do It Right, received the top award for General Excellence… Continue reading Shaw VP Dennis Anderson Joins NINA Board of Directors
BY JIM BAUMANN Like any good newshound, I dip my toe into all manner of social media channels to see what actual humans are talking about. Yes, even Nextdoor, where, it seems, one’s entire sphere of awareness is informed by what someone else in the group tells them is going on. In my Nextdoor group,… Continue reading Grammar Moses: Why Print Delivery Is Going To The Dogs
UPDATE: We know you’re busy, so due to popular demand, we are extending the deadline to enter our annual contest to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. You can consider that your “drop dead” deadline! Let me know if I can help. The association code is NINA The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest is… Continue reading NEW Categories, NEW Energy For 2020 NINA Better Newspaper Contest!
In a 90-minute Zoom panel discussion and Q&A on July 23, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association will feature leading thinkers on measures journalists can take to build trust among their audiences, and when and how they should defend their work.
BY PATRICIA SZPEKOWSKI NINA Board Vice President During this COVID-19 pandemic, the eyes and ears of everyone are focused on the media and its actions. Now is the time for journalists to stand tall. As we take on an unprecedented role in communicating real news at an exhilarating pace, we need also to take pride… Continue reading Stand Tall During COVID-19 Pandemic
The news world is an ever-changing landscape, but now — perhaps with more urgency than ever in the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association's 58-year history — the NINA board needs to keep in touch with its members and friends so that it can remain relevant. NINA does so by routinely sending out surveys to gauge what… Continue reading NINA Needs Your Feedback: 9 Questions That Can Make Us Better Journalists