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Spinning Magic Was Her Specialty

The “Chicago Story Lady” had a remarkable knack for telling a good fairy tale. Born the tenth child in a family of eleven children, Chicago native, Georgene Faulkner realized she had a gift for writing and performing enchanting stories. Dressed in costumes appropriate for her tales, Georgene spun her talent into a career entertaining […]

By |February 20th, 2017|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

2017 Communicator Of Achievement: Randy Richardson

Randy Richardson has been selected 2017 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 |February 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Alternative Responsibility? Why Journalism Must Practice Its Constitutional Mandate

I haven’t been overly concerned about Donald Trump’s election. Though I’m not a fan, I’m mostly curious about the reasons he won and am fascinated by the abrupt deviation it seems we’re about to take from the only identity I’ve ever known our country to have.

As a leader, I do find him an unfortunate […]

By |January 30th, 2017|First Amendment Network|0 Comments

The IWPA High School Communications Contest is Now Open!

Spread the word that the 2017 IWPA High School Communications is on!

Entries are being accepted from female and male students of all public and private high schools in Illinois. This annual competition honors and celebrates student journalists and their schools’ communications programs.  First-place winners also go on to compete in the national high school […]

By |January 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Marcel . . . Burn It Down

Wow: Election 2016.

And we’re back on flag burning.

I am fascinated and disturbed that this debate still rages because it exposes a particular rot at the core of our country – one that I fear threatens to undo us.

So I’m going to ditch my usual constitutional backdrop and get straight to the point on this […]

By |November 30th, 2016|FAN-Fair|2 Comments

AAUW & IWPA Celebrate Jane Addams Day on UIC Campus on December 10th

Illinois Woman’s Press Association
P.O. Box 180150, Chicago, Illinois  60618
www.iwpa.org
CHICAGO – November 2, 2016 — American Association of University Women-Illinois (AAUW-IL) and Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) are proud to announce the 10th Annual Jane Addams Day Celebration. The event will be held at the University of Illinois-Chicago Student Center at 1pm on Saturday, December […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Fun First Amendment Facts You May Not Know

The First Amendment has had a nice showing in the current election cycle. Almost every day there’s a new debate about whether the flood of threats, misstatements and accusations being bandied about are entitled to protection. So instead of covering all of that here, I say we use the opportunity to take a look […]

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

Social Media and the 1st Amendment: Shouting “Fire” Online?

Threats, trolls, online harassment – what’s a First Amendment lover to think about where we’re going with social media? After the shooting of five Dallas police and transit officers at a Black Lives Matter rally this summer and a similar incident in Baton Rouge, Facebook and Twitter sizzled with incendiary statements calling for more […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|FAN-Fair|2 Comments

Kathryn Winslow: Extraordinary Friendships Led to Her Remarkable Life

Her name was Kathryn Winslow. She was a novelist, businesswoman, a publicist for a World’s Fair, and a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She was also the first woman honored by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association as its “Woman of Achievement.”
The author of three books, the first Big Pan Out: The Story […]

By |August 30th, 2016|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Roundup: First Amendment News You Can Use – Election 2016

There’s no shortage of First Amendment fodder as this unprecedentedly weird election cycle unfolds. Where do the candidates stand?  Here’s a few things you should know.

The most important First Amendment position taken by any of the candidates is Democrat Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she would seek a reversal of the Supreme Court’s ominously democracy-hobbling […]

By |August 17th, 2016|FAN-Fair|2 Comments