Awards & Recognition, contests, Education

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY! Help NINA Find The 2023 Northern Illinois High School Journalist of The Year

The Northern Illinois News Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to the high school senior who earns the John Etheredge Award for "Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year." The scholarship competition, recently named after longtime NINA board member and Record Newspapers Editor John Etheredge, is open to graduating high school seniors who plan… Continue reading SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY! Help NINA Find The 2023 Northern Illinois High School Journalist of The Year

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Opinion

Top 3 Reasons NINA’s New Vision Statement Actually Means Something

BY RICK NAGEL The future of local journalism isn’t something to d**k around with. There’s a vulgar lead and a dangling participle to start your day. But maybe it will grab your attention long enough for me to get you to the nut graph. The Northern Illinois News Association (that’s right, it’s “News” Association and not… Continue reading Top 3 Reasons NINA’s New Vision Statement Actually Means Something

NINA News, People

Former Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen Chosen To Lead Northern Illinois News Association

2023 promises to be a special year for the Northern Illinois News Association under the leadership of legendary Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen. After announcing a name change from “newspaper” to “news” association in late 2022, NINA kicked off the new year by adopting a new vision statement and setting goals to broaden the organization’s… Continue reading Former Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen Chosen To Lead Northern Illinois News Association

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A New Vision For The Northern Illinois News Association

Last year, the Northern Illinois News Association changed its name. Now, the 60-year-old journalism association has a new vision. NINA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously on Jan. 19 to adopt the following vision statement: “We aim to be the leading advocate in northern Illinois for reliable and factual local journalism – teaching what it is,… Continue reading A New Vision For The Northern Illinois News Association

Current Events

NINA Changes Its Name

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association has changed its name to fit the times. In an announcement made Thursday (Oct. 27, 2022) at NINA’s 60th anniversary event at Altgeld Hall on the Northern Illinois University campus, NINA Board President Patricia Szpekowski said the organization is now the “Northern Illinois News Association.” “For the third time in… Continue reading NINA Changes Its Name

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Here’s Where To Park, How To Pay For NINA’s 60th Anniversary Event Oct. 27

Hey, the big event is tomorrow! (Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022) If you're among our guests, here are a few quick details. Location and Parking: Altgeld Hall is literally a large castle in the middle of campus. It's the only building that looks remotely like this, so it's easy to find. After 5 (except for reserved… Continue reading Here’s Where To Park, How To Pay For NINA’s 60th Anniversary Event Oct. 27

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60th Anniversary Is Rallying Cry For Northern Illinois Journalism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 3, 2022 MEDIA CONTACT: Rick Nagel at ricknagel23@gmail.com or Shelley Hendricks at shendricks@niu.edu (815-753-4239) The Northern Illinois University Department of Communication and the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association are rallying efforts to preserve, protect and celebrate quality journalism across Northern Illinois at a historic gathering set for Thursday, Oct. 27. The event –… Continue reading 60th Anniversary Is Rallying Cry For Northern Illinois Journalism

Awards & Recognition, events

NINA Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence in Journalism

For six decades, Northern Illinois University and the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association have celebrated journalism and journalism education in a region that extends from Kankakee to Rockford, from Moline to Chicago and all parts in between. On Thursday, Oct. 27, you'll have the chance to join that celebration in a stylish, meaningful and important tribute… Continue reading NINA Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence in Journalism

Awards & Recognition, Education, High schools

Help NINA Find The 2022 High School Journalist of The Year

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

Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, People

Pat Szpekowski Takes Over as NINA President in Organization’s 60th Year

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