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About Becky Sarwate

Becky Sarwate was the 49th President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (2013-2017). She continues serving the organization in the role of Digital Marketing Chair. Becky is a freelance writer, contributing to a number of publications including Edge Media Network, where she reviews Chicago theater productions, and Wrigleyville Nation, chronicling the highs and lows of lifelong Chicago Cubs fandom. She also publishes a political/cultural column for Contemptor. In addition, she’s written for PoliticusUSA.com, RootSpeak magazine, NewCity, Make It Better and StreetWise. Becky is a multiple IWPA Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest winner, as well as a nine-time National Federation of Press Women award recipient.

2016 Communicator Of Achievement: Art Brauer

Art Brauer has been selected 2016 Communicator of Achievement by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association.
This prestigious award is the highest honor given by the IWPA to members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession.

Each year an award recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates is nationally recognized for exceptional achievement in […]

By |April 7th, 2016|News|1 Comment

IWPA’s 2016 High School Contest Winners

Category
Entry Title
First Name
Last Name
Company/Organization
Score
Title

Editorial
“The Elephant in the Classroom”
Bridget
Ryan
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
5
Editor-in-Chief – Inscape – Newsmagazine

Editorial
More Space for Raider Nation
Adam
Reckamp
Huntley High School
4
Editor In Chief, The Voice

Editorial
Project Based Learning Needs to Improve
Courtney
Thomas
Huntley High School
2
Print Editor, The Voice

Editorial
What are YOU doing on Election Day 2016?
Faith
Laughran
Marist High School
3
newspaper-The Sentinel

Opinion
Social Media is the most effective news source […]

By |April 5th, 2016|News|4 Comments

FAN-Fair March 2016: Trending 1st Amendment Issues

The Constitution’s framers intentionally provided the press with broad freedom, believing it necessary to the establishment of a strong, independent (if unofficial) “fourth branch” of the government.

At the end of each month, IWPA’s First Amendment network offers a roundup of free speech discussions trending in the media. Have you read about, or experienced an issue impacting First […]

By |March 30th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

2016 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest Winners

By |March 29th, 2016|News|1 Comment

The First Amendment Begins at Home

This article is from contributing writer and IWPA Recording Secretary, Lolita Ditzler. She has been a writer and journalist for over 45 years and an IWPA member for the past 32 years.

 

“You’ll get your dad fired and the kids’ll flunk–all because you can’t keep your nose out of where it isn’t wanted!” My husband slammed out of […]

By |March 14th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

FAN-Fair February 2016: Trending 1st Amendment Issues

The Constitution’s framers intentionally provided the press with broad freedom, believing it necessary to the establishment of a strong, independent (if unofficial) “fourth branch” of the government.

At the end of each month, IWPA’s First Amendment network offers a roundup of free speech discussions trending in the media. Have you read about, or experienced an issue impacting First […]

By |March 2nd, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

This Veterans Day, Don’t Thank Them For Their Service.

I’ve been the wife of a combat veteran for the past 14 years. I met my husband back in 1994, just months after he was medically retired from the Army, and about two-and-a-half years after fighting in the first Gulf War. Just mere minutes into our first conversation where we met at a health […]

By |November 11th, 2015|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

Featured Member Business: Camberg Editing

Whatever the job, we can do it better, faster, and with more fun than anyone else around. We don’t just want to make your writing better, we want to make you a better writer.

Ashley Campbell and Matthew Greenberg first met as writers for the Northeastern Illinois University Independent and became friends as they were promoted […]

By |November 3rd, 2015|Featured Business|0 Comments

15 Minutes to Immortality: Journalistic integrity and right to control information flow

Fame. Many want it; some get it. Even more have the chance with reality television, the Internet, and essentially every means technology allows us to put ourselves out there. Yes, Andy Warhol’s prophecy, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” seems to be entirely plausible.

For the sake of accuracy, the photographer […]

By |October 30th, 2015|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

The Song Remains Defamed: First Amendment rights of musicians in the political arena

What do Neil Young, REM, and Survivor have in common? Yes, all of them have created memorable, anthemic songs in their respective careers. Relevant to the First Amendment, however, their music has been used without permission in political campaigns just this year.

Neil Young called Donald Trump out on using Rocking in the Free World […]

By |September 30th, 2015|FAN-Fair|0 Comments