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

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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

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NIU Student Journalist joins NINA Board

by Pat Szpekowski, APR - NINA President NINA is proud of its legacy and affiliation with Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The roots of our organization were formed here and NINA has grown and prospered over the years. As we celebrate NINA’s 60th in 2022, you might have noticed our tagline for this anniversary year… Continue reading NIU Student Journalist joins NINA Board

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Awards season brings NINA community together

Dan Campana by Dan Campana, NINA President Any way you talk about the last 19 months – personally and professionally – the word “challenge” likely pops up at some point.At the same time, words such as adapt, overcome and persevere are also fitting when considering how in the world we’ve collectively endured so much uncertainty… Continue reading Awards season brings NINA community together

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Power of the local press

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

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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, 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