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February 2012

Welcome to the Cams and Mics Forum


This forum is for INBA members to discuss cams and mics issues.  INBA's Jim Grimes is the current chair of our cams and mics committee. 

This forum can be accessed only by members.  To discuss general issues, please use the INBA Official Facebook Page.

SINBA Awards for 2011: Deadline March 30, 2012

This year's Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association awards competition is now open.  The contest is open to undergraduate students at any Illinois college or university, or Illinois residents attending school out-of-state. 

Organizers are strongly encouraging electronic submission this year.  For guidelines, entry forms, and pricing, download this document.

Entries must be received by Friday, March 30, 2012.

Questions?  Contact Alex Degman at


State's attorney objects to one of first Cam in Court cases


   CHICAGO (AP) - A state prosecutor objected Friday to one of the first efforts to allow cameras in an Illinois courtroom - the upcoming case of an alleged serial killer - arguing it would make it difficult to give him a fair trial and seat an impartial jury for a subsequent trial.

   Advocates of television cameras and photographers inside state courtrooms view Nicholas Sheley's upcoming trial as a test of the Illinois Supreme Court's recently announced experiment with the practice.

   The high court said in January it would start allowing cameras and recorders in courts with the aim, if all goes well, of eventually pulling Illinois for good out of the group of 14 states that bans extensive media access.

   In a Friday court filing, Whiteside County State's Attorney Gary Spencer asked for cameras to be barred from Sheley's trial and pretrial hearings.

Cams & Mics Professional Development Workshop - March 3, 2012

INBA will host its first Professional Development Workshop of 2012, focusing on the Illinois Supreme Court's recent decision to allow electronic recording of some cases on a test basis.

What does this decision mean for your station?  And what must we do, as electronic journalists, to make sure this experiment succeeds?  Those will be among the topics discussed on Saturday, March 3, 2012 on the ISU campus. 

Students: Apply Now for the 2012 INBA Scholarships

Once again this year, INBA will award scholarships to four electronic journalism student members of the organization.  This year's awards will be for $1,250 each and may be applied towards tuition, fees, or other educational expenses.  Students must be members of a local SINBA chapter or student members of INBA.  Entry deadline - March 3, 2012.

You can download the application here

Students with questions should see their SINBA chapter adviser or contact Honors and Awards Chair Tanya Koonce at

INBA's Scholarships are funded through the financial support of the INBA Foundation, a seperate non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the ideals that INBA represents.  Many, many people have generously contributed to the Foundation's success through time, money, and scholarship auction items.  To all of you-- past, present, and future-- thank you!