Pulitzer winner to keynote convention

January 13, 2012 by

Mark Konkol, who with a team of Chicago Sun-Times staff members won a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2011, will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual ICPA Convention Feb. 17-18 at the Double Tree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St.

Konkol, a writer at-large at the Sun-Times, was part of a team that examined the “immersive documentation of violence in Chicago neighborhoods, probing the lives of victims, criminals and detectives as a widespread code of silence impedes solutions.”

Read the rest of this entry »


ICPA membership drive, contest under way

November 4, 2011 by

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Join us on Facebook

February 22, 2011 by

The Illinois College Press Association has a Facebook page where students and advisers can speak with other student media across the state, asking one another for feedback, promoting key stories on individual newspaper web sites, debating issues, bragging about awards or focusing attention on challenges to First Amendment issues. Click here to go to our Facebook page. Or simply type in ‘Illinois College Press Association’ on Facebook.

Columbia’s Brake wins ‘Shoot Chicago’

February 21, 2011 by


Brock Brake, Columbia College / Construction continues on St. Clair Street and Grand Street between restaurants Volare and Mary's Cafe.

Columbia College’s Brock Brake won the Shoot Chicago photography competition during the Illinois College Press Association’s annual conference held Feb. 18-19. Brake was among 18 student-journalists searching for photos connected to the theme ‘work.’

Brake’s photo, above, shows a construction worker working between St. Clair and Grand streets, where restaurants Volare and Mary’s Cafe remain open. Read the rest of this entry »

Tribune’s Warren to be keynote speaker at annual convention Feb. 18-19 in Chicago

January 27, 2011 by

Ellen Warren, senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, will be the keynote speaker at the 28th Annual ICPA Convention Feb. 18-19 at the Double Tree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St.

Warren has been a local, national political, congreesional, U.S. Supreme Court, foreign and war correspondent.  Warren pioneered the Tribune’s first political blog with her coverage of the 2004 presidential race. She’s also been a metro and features columnist and, early in her career, was the first woman legman for the late, great Chicago columnist Mike Royko.

ICPA members should make hotel reservations as soon as possible and register for the convention with secretary-treasurer John Ryan.  Reservations must be made by Feb. 3 to get the convention rate of $115 a night up to  quad occupancy. Read the rest of this entry »

Register for 2011 convention

January 11, 2011 by

Happy 2011! It’s time to start thinking about the annual convention, which will be held Feb. 18-19 at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St., Chicago, 312-787-6100.

We’re currently lining up convention speakers and tallying all the winners of the annual editorial contest, which will be announced at the convention.

Read the rest of this entry »

Here are the 2009 winners

March 31, 2010 by

Click here (finalicpawinners_2009contest Sheet1) to read the winners from our 2009 contest.

Columbia Chronicle’s Keil wins ‘shootout’

February 23, 2010 by

Shootout winner. Streetwise salesman Ron Collins (right) shakes hands with a man he introduced as his manager. Selling Streetwise allowed Collins to move off the streets with the money he made./Andy Keil

Andy Keil of the Columbia Chronicle took first place in the ‘Great Chicago Shootout’ held Feb. 19 as part of the annual ICPA conference. Student photographers were told to find images that portray contrast Friday afternoon in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »

UIS editor earns leadership award

February 22, 2010 by

Luke Runyon, editor-in-chief of The Journal, the student-run newspaper at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been named a 2010 recipient of the University of Illinois Alumni Association Student Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding student leadership. Runyon will be recognized at a student awards luncheon in May. Read the rest of this entry »

Conference sessions set

February 19, 2010 by

Click here to download a PDF of the  session program for the 2010 annual conference set for Feb. 19-20.