|FROM THE INCOMING PRESIDENT
Here's how NINA can benefit you
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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