Spring conference set for March 29-30 at Malcolm X College; contest and dues deadlines are Feb. 17

Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s Spring Conference will be held almost two weeks early this year, convening March 29-30 at Malcolm X College in Chicago for the first time.

That means the deadline for the contest and the payment of dues to be eligible for the contest and conference will be due two weeks early as well. The deadline for all entries in the 2011 editorial contest will be Feb. 17. See below for details.

Membership dues are $50 per year and should be paid by Feb. 17. As in past years, if the membership form in the most recent newsletter is sent in to Executive Director John Ryan Feb. 17, he’ll consider the check to be on its way and the student newspaper sending it a member in good standing.

Send dues and a copy of the membership form printed on page 4, to John Ryan, ICCJA executive director, in care of Student Publications, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, Ill. 61920, or FAX it to 217-581-2923 or e-mail it to jmryan@eiu.edu.

Again this year, the conference will be held on a Thursday-Friday, beginning in the afternoon on Thursday, March 29, and concluding with an awards banquet at noon on Friday, March 30. Cynthia Val Chapman,adviser of the Malcolm Xpress and first vice president of ICCJA, will be the host for the conference.

Registration generally takes place fromnoon to 2 p.m. Thursday. Four education sessions will be held at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. followed by the conference’s keynote speaker at 5 p.m.

The ICCJA Board of Directors will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday. On Friday, the conference generally gets started with four educational sessions at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The awards luncheon will begin at noon. Details on the conference will be forthcoming in a separate mailing in late February or early March. However, a registration form for the conference is included in this newsletter in case anyone wants to handle requests from their schools for dues and registration at one time.

Brenda Protz, adviser at Lincoln Land Community College, is the president of ICCJA. She can be reached at Brenda.Protz@llcc.edu.

Membership dues also allows members to attend the fall conference, which is held at EIU. Like the spring conference, the fall conference offers educational sessions, but they are geared for training of new staff members to help them with their publications in the new year. The spring conference offers more general sessions and is centered around the awards luncheon and announcement of the contest winners.

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