The Welles Park Bulldog announced today it has learned that the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association will award writers and photographers at the online neighborhood site for work in five journalism categories. The awards, part of the association’s 2011 competition, will be made at the NINA fall conference, October 20 in DeKalb:
- Jane Rickard, a citizen journalist, will be honored for a photo taken on the night of April 5 of James Cappleman, Lauren Peters and Richard Thale hugging, dancing and crying as they learn that Cappleman was elected the first committed homosexual to the Chicago City Council. The photo was submitted under the spot news photo category. http://ow.ly/6KkEG http://www.wellesparkbulldog.com/news/cappleman-ill-reach-out
- Jane Rickard will also be honored for an online photo show. Rickard submitted two slide shows for the competition. In one called Happy New Year! she presented photos of sunrise at Montrose Harbor on New Years Day. http://ow.ly/6KkGo http://www.wellesparkbulldog.com/news/happy-new-year In the second she presented a gallery of photos of the pet blessing at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. http://ow.ly/6KkEa http://www.wellesparkbulldog.com/news/pet-blessing-at-all-saints-episcopal The photo galleries were submitted to the online photo gallery category.
- Steve Stearns, a citizen journalist, will be honored for a sport photo. The photo was part of a gallery featuring a contest between the Fury and the Hell’s Belles for the Ivy King Cup of the Chicago women’s flat track roller derby league the Windy City Rollers. The gallery was submitted through a now terminated agreement with ChicagoNow. http://ow.ly/6KkSEhttp://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/call-of-the-wild/2011/03/gallery-140—fury-vs-hells-belles.html
- Patrick Boylan, a citizen journalist, will be honored for a news series on the aldermanic candidacy of Tom O’Donnell. The stories were submitted under the news series category.
- Outside circulators: a heavy influence in 47th Ward http://ow.ly/6KkTE http://www.wellesparkbulldog.com/news/local-politics/outside-circulators-a-heavy-influence-in-47th-ward
- O’Donnell’s bio full of misleading statements http://ow.ly/6KkU9 http://www.wellesparkbulldog.com/news/local-politics/odonnells-bio-full-of-misleading-statements
- Ravenswood Community Council- distracted charity http://ow.ly/6KkV8 http://www.wellesparkbulldog.com/news/local-politics/ravenswood-community-council-distracted-charity
- Patrick Boylan will be honored for an in-depth story City budget to drain millions from Western North TIF. http://ow.ly/6KkYWhttp://www.wellesparkbulldog.com/news/city-budget-to-drain-millions-from-western-north-tif
Stearns has been concentrating on sports photojournalism. Rickard and Boylan, co-owners of The Bulldog, were recognized in May by the Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists), receiving two Lisagor awards for the work creating the neighborhood news site.
Boylan also received a Ford Foundation scholarship to attend the Poynter Institute over the summer.
The Bulldog is a member of the NorthCenter and Lincoln Square Chambers of Commerce and the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. The staff also has memberships in the Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and other local groups.
“The Bulldog has been banging away at news for the Ravenswood community,” Boylan said. “Unlike our competition, The Dog is not distracted by this month’s fad. Unlike our competition, The Dog is committed to Ravenswood. Unlike our competition, we are recognized for our professional level journalism.”
The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards were open to members of the association. NINA, which is associated with the journalism school at Northern Illinois University, is dedicated to advance the quality, integrity and credibility of journalism and journalism education in the 26 northernmost counties of Illinois.