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
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
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
DeKALB — Regional journalists and journalism educators gathered virtually Thursday for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association’s annual awards ceremony. The Daily Herald won the general excellence award in the daily category, and the Evanston RoundTable won the general excellence award in the nondaily category. The general excellence categories replace the sweepstakes awards, which previously were awarded to the organizations who had the best showing in the competition. The… Continue reading Daily Herald, Evanston RoundTable general excellence winners in NINA competition
In lieu of its traditional banquet celebration held annually at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb to honor the best work of local journalists, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association will hold a free virtual awards presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Journalists and freelance writers are invited to attend. “It is an honor for NINA… Continue reading Annual awards to fete local journalists
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
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 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!