Visionary Women

Anna Byford Leonard Visionary Women – Champions of Peace and Nonviolence is the theme of the 2019 Women’s History Month. Illinois Woman’s Press Association advocacy has roots in the 19th-century suffrage movement. Throughout the past century, IWPA rights advocates worked both inside and outside of the political system to promote women’s and children’s rights not [...]

Illinois Woman’s Press Association Announces 2019 Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest Winners

Illinois Woman’s Press AssociationChicago, Chicago – March 6, 2019 - The Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA), an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), honors the best professional journalists, writers and communicators in the state through the annual Mate E. Palmer Professional Communications Contest. Communicators may enter work in any of over 64 categories [...]

The First Amendment Must Fight Misinformation

The state of the First Amendment is perpetually in flux and it’s walking on shaky ground going into 2019. Trump Administration tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint in 2018 kicked off a series of layoffs at publications, reduced printing frequencies and forced closure of several smaller publications. The U.S. International Trade Commission overturned the tariffs this [...]

Teacher, Author, Advocate

Maude M. Jackson loved children. She especially enjoyed teaching them. She spent part of her career writing training material encouraging children’s skills for vocal and physical development to be used not just inside a classroom, but also at church, and within the home. Between 1901 and 1902, as a member of the Illinois Woman’s Press [...]

Acosta’s White House Ejection: Our Freedom of the Press is at Stake

Jim Acosta isn't the first and surely won't be the last reporter President Trump insults as a “rude, terrible person,” at a press conference, but this time the President's disdain for the media reached a new low. After a heated exchange, the White House pulled Acosta's press pass, claiming that he “put hands” on the [...]

We Demand to Know What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi

First Amendment freedom of the press and freedom of speech are not universal. The more we learn about the disappearance of The Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, the more we’re reminded of that. Khashoggi is not a United States citizen, though he was a resident [...]

Newsprint Tariffs Overturned, but the Damage is Already Done

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) recently overturned the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs of up to 30 percent on Canadian newsprint. The President’s policy went into effect in early 2018. The ITC ruled that Canadian imports don't cause "material injury" to U.S. paper producers. There is potential that the ruling will be [...]

Feature Friday: Adlai E. Stevenson High School

On Fridays, IWPA’s 3rd Vice President and Professional Contest Chair Ana Mendez shines a spotlight on some of our 2018 High School Contest Winners. This week’s featured school is Adlai E. Stevenson High School… IWPA’s 2018 High School Contest accepted 113 entries in 23 different categories from students of all genders attending public and private [...]