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February 2011

Spring Convention Details Announced

Planning continues for the 2011 Spring INBA Convention in Rock Island.  Click here for the latest on sessions and hotel accommodations.

An Interview with INBA President Jennifer Fuller

INBA President Jennifer Fuller was on local radio this week in Springfield to talk about the recent petition filed by INBA and other media organizations in the Rod Blagojevich case.  You can listen to the roughly four-and-a-half minute segment by clicking here.

Thanks to WTAX in Springfield for providing the clip!

INBA Joins in Blagojevich Retrial Petition

The Illinois News Broadcasters Association joined the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Illinois Press Association in urging Judge James Zagel to keep former Governor Rod Blagojevich's upcoming retrial as open as possible.

INBA Lauds Open Court in Peterson Hearing

CARBONDALE- The Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) is applauding Illinois’ Third District Appellate Court for its decision to allow the public to fully observe the recent hearing of Drew Peterson.

The ruling made it possible for the hearing to be shown live on the web, a first in Illinois history. The decision, which allowed one camera to capture proceedings for a hearing in the former Bolingbrook police officer's trial for the murder of his third wife, opened new doors in INBA’s fight to allow cameras and microphones in Illinois’ trial courts.

CBS News Reporter Lara Logan Assaulted

Are journalists in more danger than before? What should we be doing to protect ourselves and our colleagues?

Appellate Court arguments to be broadcast live in Peterson case

By permitting a TV camera into its august courtroom, the Third District Appellate Court will offer the public a rare glimpse at one of the area's most high-profile criminal cases.

"It's a very big deal for us," said court clerk Gist Fleshman. "There's no way we would do this for every run-of-the-mill case, but we recognize the interest. It's a big change for us."

Following a request by CHANNEL 9, media outlets will share a video feed from a single camera placed in the back of the 150-year-old Ottawa courtroom that once served as home to the Illinois Supreme Court. The camera operator cannot wear any station-identifying clothing and will not be permitted additional lighting.

Call for Entries: The 2010 SINBA Awards!

INBA is now accepting entries for the annual SINBA awards.  We'll be honoring student excellence in electronic journalism in 2010-- and this year, for the first time, entries may be submitted entirely online!  The entry deadline is Friday, March 11, 2011.  You can download the complete entry packet, which includes forms, categories, payment and submission instructions on our For Students page. 

Questions?  Contact Awards Chair Alex Degman at


INBA 2011 Scholarships - Deadline March 3!

INBA is pleased once again to offer scholarships for student members interested in electronic journalism.  This year, the organization will present four scholarships of $1,225 each!  The deadline for students to apply is March 3, 2011.  For complete details, visit our For Students section.

Scholarships are available through the generous support of INBA members, our annual scholarship auction, and the efforts of the INBA Foundation

Tax-evading Irish lawmaker loses defamation case

"A Dublin Circuit Court judge ruled that journalist Sam Smyth had reasonable grounds of evidence to describe lawmaker Michael Lowry as both a liar and a tax dodger."

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Past President Clark "Ira" Kelly Dies

INBA mourns the loss of Past President Clark "Ira" Kelly, who passed away Monday at the age of 71.

Kelly, a native of the Bureau County area, lived and worked in western Illinois nearly all of his life. He began his career in newspapers, and later worked for WSDR and WIXN in Dixon, IL.

Kelly served on INBA's Board of Directors from 1977-1978, and was elected Vice President in 1980. He assumed the role of President after Frank Graham left office later that year. After his terms as President and Past President, Kelly was again elected to serve... this time as Executive Secretary from 1984-1985. During his tenure, INBA established a dedicated Legal Defense Fund, and set aside $2,000 to help the cause.