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IL Legislation Set to Restore 1st Amendment Protection for High Schools

Schools are not simply places that students go to learn reading, math and kick around a soccer ball during gym. They are the essential training ground for participation in our representative democracy. It’s important that students learn to voice their opinions, and consider and respond to unfamiliar or disagreeable ideas. Since the Supreme Court’s […]

By |July 13th, 2016|FAN-Fair|1 Comment

Pat Szpekowski Recognized by Catholic Press Association

Pat Szpekowski, APR, a 20-year member of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association, recently received a first place recognition in the category of “Best coverage of a routine, sacramental event: weekly Diocesan newspaper, circulation 25,000 or less,” from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada at the Catholic Media Conference in St. […]

By |June 21st, 2016|News|0 Comments

Photographer Takes Honors at NFPW High School Contest!

Nellie Murphy, a student at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, took third place honors in the Yearbook Photo category at the NFPW High School Contest. Murphy’s winning photo, Lollapalooza, was awarded first place in the same category in the IWPA High School Communications Contest.

The IWPA contest judge said of Murphy’s photo: […]

By |June 21st, 2016|News|0 Comments

Freedom of the Press: IWPA, the First Amendment and “Societies of Men”

 

 

“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

– First Amendment to the United States Constitution

As disparate as our nation’s politics, lifestyles, races, genders, or economic opinions may be we agree on one thing. Freedom of speech and of the press are critical. The ability to express ideas unrestrained is […]

By |June 8th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

FAN-Fair April 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 |April 27th, 2016|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

2016 Senior Lifestyle Expo Hosts Writing Challenge This August!

The 21st Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo will be held Tuesday August 23 – Wednesday August 24, 2016!

The Expo’s continuing mission is to bring seniors together with the products and services that are invaluable to maintaining their quality of life. It will feature over 100 booths, an entertainment stage, health and wellness info, interactive activities and educational […]

By |April 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

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

Communicator, Network Builder & Teacher Becky Sarwate Wins IWPA’s 2016 Silver Feather Award

The winner of Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s 2016 Silver Feather Award is Becky Sarwate, IWPA’s current and 49th President. Her work growing a community for the state’s communicators embodies IWPA’s historic mission of support and opportunity.

The Silver Feather Award is bestowed annually by IWPA in recognition of excellence across multiple Mate E. Palmer Communications […]

By |April 1st, 2016|News|0 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