30th annual convention set for Feb. 22-23 in Chicago; registration deadline Feb. 8

January 9, 2013 by

ICPA members should begin making plans for the 30th annual convention Feb. 22-23 at the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St., Chicago.

As in the past, Chicago area journalists will lead sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, Feb. 22-23. A keynote address will be made Friday afternoon, and the annual awards luncheon will take place at the close of the convention Saturday afternoon. Winners of the 2012-2013 advertising and editorial contest will be announced at the luncheon.

A detailed program will be sent to all members soon.

Registration for the convention is $45 for students and advisers. Registration should be made with ICPA Secretary Treasurer John Ryan by Friday, Feb. 8. A form is attached. Just email Ryan,  jmryan@eiu.edu.

ICPA has a $121 a night rate up to quad occupancy at the DoubleTree. Reservations must be made by Jan. 31. Phone: 312-787-6100. Self parking is $45 at the hotel.


2012 “Shoot Chicago” winners

February 21, 2012 by

Here are the winning photos from our annual “Shoot Chicago” photo contest, held this past weekend at the ICPA convention. Twenty student photographers completed the assignment: “Invisible Chicago.” Our judges — veteran news photographers Chuck Berman and Steve Kagan — chose the following four shots as the winners.

First Place: Emily Mohney
The Leader, Elmhurst College

 High-school sweethearts Aaron Garcia and Ashley Hall take advantage of their Red Line commute from Air Force Academy High School to share a private moment before parting ways at Roosevelt and State.

Second Place: Tiela Halpin
Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College

“I’ve lived here my entire life and I didn’t know this was here,” says Jason Ortiz, 31, of Chicago, peering through the bars into the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. “I feel there’s a lot of places like this that most Chicagoans just don’t see.”

Third Place: Ting Shen
Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College

Workers are seen in their office cubicles finishing up work for the day near Washington and Wells on Friday, Feb. 17. Chicago has a large, invisible workforce that goes mostly unnoticed by tourists every day.

Honorable Mention: Martha Warfel
Daily Vidette, Illinois State University

 Stephanie Hauber waits for the 72 North bus Friday afternoon. Hauber received flowers from a student earlier in the day.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 »