Your teen wants to be a whaaaat?!
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By Lonny Cain lonnyc@mywebtimes.com Picture this … Mom and Dad, eyes wide, terrified, hair popping into electrified spikes, mouths agape. Do they see a ghost, some horrible monster, the dog eating the couch? Nope. Standing before them is their teenage son, and he has just proclaimed, “I’ve decided I want to be a newspaper reporter.” “Nooooooooooo,” […]

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Taking entries now for annual competition
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NINA is accepting entries in its annual newspaper competition for 2014. We have changed significantly the method for submitting entries, which we hope you will find to be faster and easier. Entries will be submitted online as PDFs or JPGs with a few exceptions, which simply will require URLs. Tear sheets will not be used […]

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Oswego teen Northern Illinois High School Journalist of Year
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The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association honored three outstanding student journalists this spring in the association’s 17th annual Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year scholarship competition. Anna Dutton of Oswego High School won first place and $1,000.  Second place and $500 were awarded to Julia Jacobs of  Glenbrook South High School, and third place and […]

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Join The Media Conspiracy
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NINA members available to speak
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Northern Illinois Newspaper Board members are available to speak at schools, community groups and journalism industry events. Members include executive editors, university educators, student press advisers and writers. Speakers could address such topics as staff training, the role of the press in our society and industry trends. Contact Shelley Hendricks, NINA’s communications coordinator, at 815-753-4239 or […]

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Apply now for NINA journalism scholarships
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NINA will award $1,800 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in journalism at the college level. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 21, so get working on that application now. If you are a journalism educator, please make application materials available to your students. Contact John Etheredge, NINA board member, […]

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NINA board member: ‘Scholastic journalism influences decision-makers’
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The Kane County Chronicle’s Al Lagattolla reports a resurgence in interest in student newspapers, despite many students never having seen how the product is laid out. Lagattolla writes: “At St. Charles East High School, adviser Laura Smith said more than 50 students are participating in the X-Ray, that school’s student publication. … the largest she […]

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Congratulations!
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Thanks to everyone who entered NINA’s 2013 Newspaper Competition and to those of you who attended the banquet Oct 24. The list of winners is now available.

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Register for 2013 Fall Banquet
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Join fellow Northern Illinois journalists Thursday, Oct. 24. Dinner, drinks, networking, an awards ceremony and speaker Shamus Toomey, managing editor of DNAinfo.com Chicago. DNAinfo.com Chicago is a scrappy, online, neighborhood news outlet. Toomey started at DNAinfo.com after nine years at the Sun-Times, where he led the team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. […]

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Enter contest electronically
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NINA members now may enter our annual competition online by providing URLs to work. Please fill out a new online entry form for each entry.

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