ICPA membership drive, contest under way

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Now is the time for Illinois College Press Association member newspapers to pay their dues to be eligible to enter the annual contest Dec. 6 and attend the annual convention Feb. 17-18 in Chicago.

Members must pay their dues by Dec. 1 or at least send in a membership form on page 4 of this newsletter and have the check in the mail.

Membership dues are $125 per year for schools with an enrollment of less than 9,000 students and $200 per year for schools with an enrollment of more than 9,000.

Dues along with a copy of the membership form printed on page 4, should be sent to John Ryan, ICPA secretary-treasurer, in care of Student Publications, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill. 61920.

Ryan can be contacted at 217.581.7939.    Materials may be faxed to him at 217.581.2923. He can be reached via e-mail at jmryan@eiu.edu.

“Sending in the membership form will be considered akin to paying dues,” Ryan said. “The check can be sent later. I will assume you are going to pay.”

Contest materials will be e-mailed out Nov. 4 and contest entries will be due back by Dec. 6.

The entries will then be sent to judges and must be returned by early January.

ICPA President Lola Burnham will be running the contest again this year.

She can be reached at 217.581.7143 and at laburnham@eiu.edu.  Winners will be announced at the annual awards luncheon during the annual convention.

The convention will be held Feb. 17-18 at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St.

Room rates for the convention will be $118 a night for up to quad occupancy.

At the annual convention journalists from the Chicago media will lead two days of sessions on everything from advertising to the World Wide Web.

More information on the convention will be sent to members at the first of the year.

Rich Moreno, editorial adviser of the Western Courier at Western Illinois

University, is the first vice president and will be in charge of running the convention.

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