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2013 INBA Convention Schedule

Friday, April 19

11:30 – 4 PM  INBA Board Meeting   Cunningham Room

4 – 7 p.m.        Hotel Check-In and Registration

6 -   8:30          Opening Reception  Eastland Ballroom


Saturday, April 20

8  am   Registration Begins

9am – 12pm Student Critiques   Cunningham Room

9 am-9:15    Welcome and Q & A with University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise Eastland Ballroom

9:15-10:30 After the Tragic Story:  How Reporters Cope Eastland Ballroom

Covering a gruesome trial, or a story with people who've have been touched by tragedy, most reporters will have several brushes with emotional trauma. How do they cope, what happens if they don't deal with emotional impact, and how should they best move forward in the aftermath?

Moderator: Molly Hall, Energy Education Council

Chris Coffey, WVIT-TV, Connecticut

Sandra Torres, CBS-58 TV, Milwaukee

Dr. Michael Swindle, Emergency Department Chair, Carle Foundation Hospital


10:45-11:50  The Challenge of FOIA requests (Sending and Receiving)  Snyder Room

Four panelists will not only discussing the filing of FOIA’s, and why it’s an important tool to help reporters dig for buried information.  The group will also discuss when and how to use FOIA, how to craft a good request, and what problems are sometimes experienced by those responding to requests for information.   

Moderator:  Patrick Wade, Champaign News-Gazette

John O’Connor, The Associated Press

Don Craven, Attorney

Ann Spillane, Chief of Staff, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Tom Hardy, Spokesman, University of Illinois


12:00-1:30 Lunch/INBA Membership MeetingEastland Ballroom


12:30-1:45 (For Students Only) – Professional Expectations for College Students in the Newsroom Snyder Room

Students have the option of leaving prior to the meeting to learn about what soon-to-be graduates can expect out in the working world. 

Moderator:  John Paul, University of Illinois

Mike Haile, GM, WDWS-WHMS-WKIO Radio Champaign

Katie Faye, News Director, WICS-WICD-TV Springfield/Champaign

Mike Taylor, WCIA-TV Meteorologist (new hire at WCIA.)


2-3:15 Concurrent Sessions

Science Reporting Out Loud Eastland Ballroom

Broadcast journalists sometimes report on new scientific or medical findings or cover a story that includes a big dose of scientific information. This session will tackle the challenges of covering unfamiliar scientific topics and the strategies that help.

Moderator:  Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor, University of Illinois News Bureau

Veronique LaCapra, Science Reporter, St. Louis Public Radio

Georgina Gustin,  Food, Agriculture, and Biotech Reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jennifer Hendricks-Kaufmann, Public Relations Manager, Carle Foundation Hospital


Agricultural Reporting in the Wake of the 2012 Drought  Snyder Room

Reporting agricultural issues may require learning a new language and taking a science course. It is all about asking for clarifications.

Moderator:  Todd Gleason, University of Illinois Extension/WILL

Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey/Prairie Research Institute

Tricia Braid, Illinois Corn Growers Association

John Hawkins, Illinois Farm Bureau


3:15-3:30 Break


3:30 – 4:15  AP Meeting Snyder Room

3:30 -  4:15  IPR Meeting TBA

4:15 -  5       INBA Foundation Meeting Conference Room 2


6:30 -7        Cocktail Hour Lobby Bar (Bar opens at 3 p.m.)

7 pm           Dinner Eastland Ballroom


7:30            Keynote Speaker

                   David Greene, NPR Morning Programming Host/Correspondent


8:30           SINBA and Associated Press Awards   


10 pm       Past Presidents’ Reception Illini Room


Sunday, April 21

9:30-10:45         The Future of Political ReportingSnyder Room

In circles ranging from Congress to the state legislature to our local city council, we cover our share of votes, and what debate led to it.  Then we have to track down officeholders and candidates on the campaign trail.  A reporter, former legislator, and investigative reporter look at how it’s all taking shape in the age of blogs and Twitter.

Moderator:  Charlie Wheeler, Public Affairs Reporting Program, University of Illinois at Springfield

Alex Degman, Interim News Director, WTAX, Springfield

Patrick Rehkamp, Senior Investigator, Better Government Association

Rick Winkel, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois


11-11:30  Farewell Brunch Eastland Ballroom

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