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IWPA Summer Internship Perspective: It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Calling

I entered Northeastern Illinois University in the Spring of 2017 as a 25 year-old undergraduate. After stumbling from one career choice to another, I decided to finally focus on area of study that also brought joy to my life: English Literature.

There where moments when the realization that I’m still working towards my degree caused […]

By |August 29th, 2017|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Illinois Has a Budget: What’s Next?

While the state of Illinois finally passed a budget this summer, many say it’s no time for celebration. Slate reported that Rauner’s attempts to curb what he called a “bailout” were overridden by bipartisan cooperation (a 71-42 vote) on July 6. The state breathed a sigh of relief after a tense, two-year stalemate. For […]

By |August 10th, 2017|News|1 Comment

Beginnings: The IWPA/ NFPW Heritage

The story of the National Federation of Press Women began more than 80 years ago when Helen Miller Malloch had a vision

for a national organization of professional newspaperwomen and writers in 1935, similar to the vision Marion MacBride from the Boston Post had in 1884, as the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial took place […]

By |July 18th, 2017|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

Freedom of the Press: A Necessity in Trump’s America

Under the Trump administration, hostility towards journalists and the media in America is at an all-time high. Up to this point, accusations of fake news and bias have mostly rolled off the backs of seasoned journalists, but these attacks have become physical with more serious implications. Violence has become an accepted response to questions […]

By |July 2nd, 2017|FAN-Fair|3 Comments

“New Voices” Signed to Protect Student Rights

Nationwide “March For Truth” protests were coordinated across dozens of cities this past Saturday (June 3). The protests were “calling for an impartial investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” according to CNN.  This demand for transparency reminds us that there is power in demonstrations that exercise freedoms of speech and […]

By |June 8th, 2017|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

A Student’s Right to Protest: Hazelwood High

A recent, controversial series of punishments issued to students of Hazelwood West High School in Hazelwood Missouri, warrants a discussion of First Amendment Rights in an institutional setting.

Over 200 students participated in a walk-out on Monday, May 15 to support teachers after union contract negotiations were rejected by the Hazelwood School District Board of […]

By |May 25th, 2017|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

NFPW 2017 Communications Contest Winners!

IWPA members had quite the showing in the 2017 National Federation of Press Women’s annual Communications Contest! We are very proud of our successful community. All winners are invited accept their awards at the 2017 NFPW Communications Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lolita Ditzler, who won first place for her essay Life with Linda, stated she […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Fanny Met Mary and Made Chicago History

Fanny Butcher turned to the “News of the Women’s Clubs” page of the Chicago Tribune. There she found listings for a wealth of meeting and event announcements. The year was 1912 and the Chicago woman’s club movement was thriving and in full swing.

Notes from the Illinois Woman’s Press Association archives highlight just such an […]

By |May 15th, 2017|So We All May Be Heard|0 Comments

IWPA High School Communications Contest Winner Takes Top Honors at National Level

Shane Hogan received first-place honors at the 2017 National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest for his entry “Football Interview” in the radio/television interview or talk show category.  The student at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Homewood, Illinois, won first place in the same category in the Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s High School […]

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

And the Censorship Winner Is . . . Illinois!

The 2017 Jefferson Muzzles awards have been announced and Illinois has earned a spot on the list.  Each year on their namesake’s April 13 birthday, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression awards this dubious recognition to the year’s most egregious free speech censors. Past recipients include the Bradley County, Tennessee […]

By |May 7th, 2017|First Amendment Network|2 Comments