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.

To enter the contest and attend the spring conference, participating student newspapers must have paid their 2013 dues, which are due with their contest entries Feb. 25.

As in the past, members can fill out a membership form and fax or email it to ICCJA Executive Director John Ryan by Feb. 25 and the check can come after that. Ryan can be reached at jmryan@eiu.edu, 217.581.2923 (fax), 217.581.7939 (phone).

Membership dues are $50 per year.

Reservations at the Springfield Hilton must be made by March 14 by calling 217.789.1530 or by www.springfield.hilton.com.

The ICCJA room rate will be $95 for singles and doubles, $110 for triple occupancy and $125 for quad occupancy. Each room will get one free parking pass. The Hilton is located across the street from the hotel ICCJA used in 2009 in Springfield.

The hotel is located three blocks from the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and about five blocks from the Lincoln Home.

On Thursday afternoon, April 4, attendees will register for the conference and then will tour the Lincoln museum. In 2009 ICCJA had three times for tours of the museum and the fee for the tour was included in the conference registration, which was $30.

A keynote address by a member of the Springfield press corps will take place about 5 p.m. April 4. Other sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday morning, April 5, before the awards luncheon at noon.

Winners of the 2012-2013 editorial contest will be announced at the luncheon.

Details about the spring conference will follow as will details about the contest.

Lori Clark, adviser of the Observer at Elgin Community College, is president of the ICCJA.

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