Illinois JEA

Press On!

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Illinois Journalism Education Association
Eastern Illinois University
Journalism Department
2521 Buzzard Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6003 • [email protected]

“Press On!” is the name of our website’s section for original and shared content. The credit for the title goes to Arlington Heights Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire, who concluded his address at our 2013 Fall Conference by exhorting his audience “to press on!” He received that year’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award, and in the course of accepting the honor he delivered an impassioned brief on behalf of scholastic journalism. The video of the speech is well worth watching in its entirety (you can find it here).

We love Gire’s phrase for several reasons. First and foremost, it works as an inspiring exhortation. But taken literally, “Press On!” also works as an imperative (“Turn on the printing press!”) and as a declaration (“The printing press is running!”). Taken metaphorically, the phrase resounds with the power and vitality of a nation’s free press humming along at full speed.

So in the spirit of Gire’s semantically rich phrase we offer this section, where our goal is to publish useful, engaging material for journalism advisers and students. You can find our content in the following categories:

And remember: Press On!

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Press On!