2021 Contest winners

Congratulations to all the winners who were announced at the Spring Conference, held at Eastern Illinois University on April 8, 2022.

The first conference for the ICCJA since Fall 2019 was a success with about 30 people from four schools able to attend. We hope more can attend the Fall 2022 conference as Covid restrictions are lifted.

Thanks to Joe Gisondi for hosting and Jan Kopishke for coordinating the contest.

Educate students and advisers: Improve your school’s media by joining ICCJA

Dear Adviser,

I’m writing to let you know about the Illinois Community College Journalism Association, housed at Eastern Illinois University, which offers training and celebrates student work by those reporting for student media across the state. We hold two conferences to help train students and advisers – in October and April. And we also hold an annual contest, which is judged by professional journalists across Illinois. You can learn more about us at this revamped website or by calling the executive director, Joe Gisondi, at 217-581-6003. You might instead want to contact our board members, whose names are cited at the top of this website.  We look forward to talking with you. BTW, the membership form and a flier for the fall conference at EIU is also included in MEMBERSHIP section down the right column of this page.


Fall conference set for EIU

Eastern Illinois University will once again host the Fall Conference at its campus in Charleston from Oct. 4-5, 2018. Like past years, we will have sessions on a variety of subjects along with a keynote speaker. The program will be posted soon.

In addition, we will hols our fourth BEST OF SHOW competition for newspaper staffs attending. We’ll post updated information on this page as the conference gets closer. You can contact Joe Gisondi, ICPA’s executive director, at jjgisondi@eiu.edu, if you have further questions. To register for the fall conference, click on the conference flier, which can be sent through either email or snail mail.

2017 ICCJA winners announced

Congratulations to those who received recognition for their work during the Spring 2018 spring convention held at Lincoln Land College in Springfield. The winners are cited on the section across the top of this website. Next year’s spring conference will be hosted by Illinois Valley College in April 2019. The fall conference is set for Oct. 4-5, 2018 at Eastern Illinois University.

Student-journalists honored for 2013 work

The 2013 contest winners were announced today at Moraine Valley Community College. Click 2013 WINNERS to read the entire list.

Many thanks to the professional journalists who judged this year’s contest – Greg Bilbrey (Robinson Daily News), Chris Boghossian (Chicago Tribune), Tim Broderick (Arlington Heights Daily Herald), Chuck Burke (Chicago Tribune), Chicago Tribune design/editing staff, Matt Daniels (Champaign News-Gazette), Dave Dawson (Decatur Herald & Review), Chris Essig (Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, Courier), Dann Gire (Arlington Heights Daily Herald), Ted Gregory (Chicago Tribune), Stephen Haas (VP of Illinois Press Photography Association), David Hanley (Clear Channel Studios), Nora Maberry-Daniels (The Leader), Don O’Brien (Quincy Whig), Marco Santana (Des Moines Register). Thanks also to Eastern Illinois University journalism faculty Brian Poulter and Liz Viall.


Sun-Times political reporter McKinney to keynote spring conference April 4-5 in Springfield

Dave McKinney, the Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, will be the keynote speaker at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the ICCJA Spring Conference at the Springfield Hilton, 700 E. Adams St. McKinney has covered state government for more than 20 years for two newspapers, The Daily Herald at Arlington Heights, and the Sun-Times.

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Hotel reservations for spring conference must be made by March 14; registration due March 22

ICCJA members have until Thursday, March 14, to make hotel reservations at the Springfield Hilton for the April 4-5 spring conference.

Reservations can be made by calling 217.789.1530 or by going through the hotel’s Web site, http://www.springfield.hilton.com.

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Spring conference set for April 4-5 at Springfield Hilton; 2013 dues due, contest under way

The Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s 39th Annual Spring Conference will be April 4-5 at the Springfield Hilton, 700 E. Adams St.

Journalists from the Springfield press corps will lead sessions during the two-day conference, which will also include an afternoon session at the Abraham Presidential Museum and, of course, the announcements of winners of ICCJA’s annual editorial contest.

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