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February 2017

Free Convention Fellowship

The Illinois News Broadcasters Association offers a Professional Fellowship to help a voting member attend one Convention each year. While financial need is a factor in this award, as long as you are a member in good standing, you are encouraged to apply. A panel of INBA Past Presidents will choose the winner.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: March 11, 2018   (Note: Spring 2018 Convention will be in East Peoria April 20-22)

Costas Done with Olympics

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas is passing along Olympics hosting duties to Mike Tirico.
They shared the news on NBC's Today show:


NPR's McCammon at Spring Convention

She covered the 2016 Presidential Race and also knows about the Affordable Care Act and protested pipelines.  Politics, health and science are all in the wheelhouse of Sarah McCammon, who will be the keynote speaker at the INBA Spring 2017 Convention.  McCammon will speak on Saturday, April 22, at the Eastland Suites in Urbana.  That evening's program will also include presentation of the Associated Press awards for journalistic excellence and the SINBA awards for student journalists.


Chicago Sportscaster Suffering Brain Disease

Chicago sportscaster Mike Adamle has announced that he is afflicted with a condition related to repeated blows to the head.  NBC5 revealed details in this interview Tuesday night:

Former INBA President Newberg Dies

Many long-time INBA members are remembering Don Newberg, who died Monday night at age 84.  Newberg was INBA President in 1963, when the organization was just 8 years old.  During his presidency, INBA established its scholarship program, which has now given 178 scholarships totaling nearly $140,000. 
Newberg was News Director at WJBC in Bloomington, where he interviewed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a visit to Illinois Wesleyan.  Newberg also hosted the station's popular "Problems and Solutions" program.  He went on to run stations in Indiana and Tennessee.

New Video on Cameras/Mics in Courts

The INBA has produced a video that should be of help to any reporters and photographers who will be covering court cases in Illinois.  Cams & Mics chair Jim Grimes oversaw the production, with the shooting and editing done by ISU student Carleigh Gray.  Special thanks to McLean County Court Administrator Will Scanlon and Media Coordinator Edith Brady-Lunny.  This is the link to the video on youtube: 

INBA Winter Board Meeting

The Winter Board Meeting will be Saturday, February 4, at Illinois State University in Normal.  Starttime is 10:30.  The board will meet in room 140 in Fell Hall. Parking is available in the Bone Student Center parking lot, to the north of the quad.
An agenda is posted here as an attachment.