By Pat Szpekowski, NINA first vice president When driving to a destination, I usually catch a casual glance of signs when entering a new community. Cities and Villages proudly post accomplishments. You've seen them, too. Tree City USA. Hebron, Home of 1952 State Basketball Champions. Carpentersville-Bradie Tennell U.S. Olympic Champion. Algonquin-Jacobs High School alumnus Evan… Continue reading A sign of champions
by Pat SzpekowskiNINA 1st Vice President Community journalism is a win-win for everyone. During a recent board meeting I attended at the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce in Carpentersville, a number of matters were on the agenda for review. Past and upcoming local events always bring on a lively discussion. I happened that day… Continue reading Power of the local press
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
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
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!
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
Editor's Note: This article is written by Jim Fuller, senior writer with the Daily Herald newspaper, college newspaper adviser and immediate past president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. Click this link to read his blog directly and subscribe to additional posts. I feel my blood pressure rise when I see comments like this on… Continue reading Fuller: Newspapers Need To Explain Reasons For, Value of The Paywall
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated with revised dates for the meeting schedule for 2020. The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association has set its meeting schedule for 2020, so now is as good a time as any to invite prospective board members to attend meetings and all NINA members to get active in the organization.… Continue reading NINA Sets Meeting Schedule, Looks Forward To Serving You in 2020!
BY JASON AKST, MA, INSTRUCTOR, NIU DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." — George Orwell Time is running out to register for "Trusting News," a half-day seminar of strategies for news organizations to build/rebuild trust between us and the audiences we… Continue reading Time Is Running Out: Register Now For NINA’s ‘Trusting News’ Workshop
Act fast if you want to RSVP to this groundbreaking NINA workshop. It's free, but space is limited to 50 people.