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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

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Daily Herald, Evanston RoundTable general excellence winners in NINA competition

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

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Annual awards to fete local journalists

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

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

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NEW Categories, NEW Energy For 2020 NINA Better Newspaper Contest!

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!

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!