IWPA 2023 High School Communications Contest Results

The IWPA is excited to announce the winners of our 2023 High School Communications Contest! This year, we had 107 entries from a total of 8 high schools, and we are excited to announce the winner of the Silver Pen award for the most points across categories is Huntley High School! First Place winners go [...]

So We All May Be Heard…She is our North Star

For as long as I can remember, Marlene Cook has been and remains a North Star for those of us fortunate enough to know her. She has led a life devoted to journalism, the arts, family, and service. A brilliant writer and trailblazer for women in journalism, her talent, and her generosity to those around [...]

NFPW Announces 2022 National Contest Results, Including Illinois Winners

Outstanding communications entries from throughout the United States have won honors in the 2022 National Communications Contest sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. Nearly 300 professional communicators earned honors during the celebration at the 2022 NFPW Conference in Fargo, ND on June 25, 2022. Over 2,000 entries were submitted in this year’s contest. Winners [...]

2022 NFPW High School Contest Results Highlight Illinois Students

The National Federation of Press Women’s High School Communications Contest results are in, and Illinois students did exceptionally well! Every First Place winner in the IWPA’s High School Communications Contest went on to the NFPW contest to compete with winners in other states and regions across the country. The results are a testament to the [...]

IWPA’s 2022 Silver Feather Award Winner: Suzanne Hanney

The Illinois Woman's Press Association (IWPA) is proud to announce that Suzanne Hanney has won its Silver Feather Award in the 2022 Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest. A long-time member of IWPA, StreetWise Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Hanney is doing what she set out to do in high school and college: editing a news magazine in her hometown [...]

IWPA Announces 1st Place Winners in 2022 Communications Contest

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association is proud to announce the First Place winners of the 2022 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest. Begun in 1941, the writing contest was established in memory of the ninth president of IWPA. The state contest has expanded widely since those early years to parallel categories set forth by the National [...]

Three IWPA High School Contest Winners Take First Place at National Level

Illinois student communicators again proved they are among the best in the country by taking top honors at this year’s National Federation of Press Women’s High School Communications Contest.  First-place winning entries in the IWPA High School Communications Contest were eligible to compete at the national level where, this year, nearly 2,000 students participated. Students [...]

Winners of the 2021 IWPA High School Communications Contest

The 2021 IWPA High School Communications Contest celebrated the work of high school communicators from students across the Chicagoland area with a total of 106 entries from seven schools.  COVID-19, reevaluations of gender and racial standings and the 2020 presidential elections, made the 2020-2021 academic year both challenging and inspiring for student journalists. All were [...]

Meet the 2021-2023 IWPA Board: High School Contest Chair Josh Friedberg

In the absence of a live event this spring, which would have allowed us to introduce our talented new slate of leaders to membership and the public, we’re using our digital platforms to get virtually acquainted. Up next: meet Josh Friedberg, IWPA’s High School Contest Chair and a much-lauded creative. When did you first become [...]

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