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Here's how NINA can benefit you in 2003

By Pam Lannom

If you're not familiar with the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, there's no better time to get involved.

I say this in part for selfish reasons. I will serve as NINA's president in 2003, and I hope to see increases in membership, higher attendance at conferences and workshops, and record-breaking participation in the annual contest.

But the best reason for you to get involved with NINA, if you're not already, is the benefits of membership to you and your staff.

NINA offers two annual conferences, one in the spring and one in the fall, that provide convenient, low-cost educational opportunities for you and your colleagues. For the first time in 2002, we offered a workshop for advisers at high school newspapers as well. We hope to continue to work with these individuals in 2003.

NINA offers an excellent opportunity to network with other newspaper people in the northern part of the state. Members range from small weekly newspapers to daily newspaper groups with circulations in excess of 200,000. If there's a challenge you're facing, there surely is a member of the organization who has faced a similar one and can offer you advice.

NINA offers an excellent Web site and an e-mail listserve to give members access to information about our programs, industry news and one another.

NINA offers scholarships to high school students and journalism students at Northern Illinois University who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism. We all benefit by working to make sure intelligent, motivated students are studying to eventually join our profession. Watch NINA newsletters in 2003 for more information on how some of our previous scholarship recipients are progressing in their studies and in their careers.

NINA has worked with newspapers in the northern part of the state for four decades. I look forward to leading the organization as we move into 2003. I hope you'll get involved and help me - and the other NINA board members - make next year one of our best.

Pam Lannom is managing editor of Doings Newspapers in Hinsdale. Contact her at

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