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NINA Will Host Lunchtime Zoom Brainstorming on April 6 Election Coverage

How are reporters and editors approaching coverage after the long presidential election cycle? How is the likely low turnout being addressed in coverage? What are some key themes being looked at when it comes to local government, school boards, and other contests? The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is hosting a one-hour session centered on the… Continue reading NINA Will Host Lunchtime Zoom Brainstorming on April 6 Election Coverage

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Campana: 2021 Should Be Community Journalism’s Best Year

BY DAN CAMPANA In Campana family lore, we have no confirmed date of when newsprint first touched my hands, but good sources recall it happened before my eyes could understand the words printed in what turned out to be a sports section. That early fascination with a newspaper led me to be the kid dropping… Continue reading Campana: 2021 Should Be Community Journalism’s Best Year

Education, news

Campana Named 2020-21 NINA President

Dan Campana, a communications professional and a longtime newspaper reporter and editor, has been named 2020-21 president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. Campana is the senior manager for communications with the Emergency Nurses Association. He spent nearly a decade in suburban Chicago newsrooms at the Daily Chronicle, Kane County Chronicle and The Aurora Beacon-News… Continue reading Campana Named 2020-21 NINA President

Education, events, news

Powerhouse Moderator, Panelists Added To July 23 ‘Defending Journalism’ Event

Tracie Powell — the new program officer for the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy — will lead and two powerhouse speakers will join the July 23 event, "Building Trust — And Defending Journalists And Journalism." Hosted by the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association in conjunction with the Chicago Headline Club, the 90-minute program… Continue reading Powerhouse Moderator, Panelists Added To July 23 ‘Defending Journalism’ Event

Awards & Recognition, contests, Education, High schools

Eastland’s Erin Henze Is Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year!

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is honoring a member of the Eastland High School Class of 2020 as Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year. NINA will award a $1,000 scholarship to Erin Henze of Shannon to help her continue her journalism education at the college level. Henze plans to attend DePaul University in… Continue reading Eastland’s Erin Henze Is Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year!

Business, columns

NINA Simplifies Annual Dues Structure

This article is written by Pat Szpekowski, APR, freelance writer and NINA's second vice president. Staying strong and remaining a positive voice for newspapers and journalists remains a top priority for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. While our mission is unchanged, NINA is always looking to the future and evolving with the times. We have… Continue reading NINA Simplifies Annual Dues Structure

Education, news

NINA NEWS RELEASE: Journalists, Public Must Rally Around Tribune Employees

NEWS RELEASE 2.11.20 DEKALB, IL — The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association on Feb. 5 posted a statement on its website calling for journalists, news organizations and the general public to rally around Tribune Company employee efforts to maintain the integrity of one of our nation’s great news organizations. Alden Global, a New York hedge fund,… Continue reading NINA NEWS RELEASE: Journalists, Public Must Rally Around Tribune Employees

Awards & Recognition, Education, High schools, news

NINA Opens Competition For 2020 High School Journalist of The Year

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association will award a $1,000 scholarship this spring to the high school senior picked by the association as the 2020 Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year. The scholarship winner will receive a commemorative plaque and recognition that will stand out on their college applications and resume. NINA President Margarita… Continue reading NINA Opens Competition For 2020 High School Journalist of The Year

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NINA STATEMENT ON ALDEN GLOBAL PURCHASE OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

NINA STATEMENT — FEB. 5, 2020 The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association today calls for journalists, news organizations, units of government and the general public to rally around Tribune Company employee efforts to maintain the integrity of one of our nation’s great news organizations. This statement follows reports that Alden Global, a New York hedge fund,… Continue reading NINA STATEMENT ON ALDEN GLOBAL PURCHASE OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Feb. 21 Deadline! NIU Seeks Alum of The Year, Illinois Journalist of The Year

The Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University invites nominations for two of its most prestigious honors — the Donald R. Grubb Distinguished Journalism Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award and the Illinois Journalist of the Year Award. Nominations for both awards must be submitted electronically by Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 to Jason Akst (jakst@niu.edu). Nominations… Continue reading Feb. 21 Deadline! NIU Seeks Alum of The Year, Illinois Journalist of The Year