Five INBA Scholarships Awarded

The family of Springfield-area Broadcaster Bob Murray saw a scholarship awarded in Murray's name at the INBA Spring Convention.  Murray died in February after a brief illness.  His was one of five scholarships presented on April 12 in Peoria.

Andrew Bacon – Western Illinois University 
Bacon’s interest in broadcasting goes back to the eighth grade when he was looking at high school class offerings and a sports broadcasting class jumped out at him. He will graduate next year from Western Illinois University, at which point he is considering graduate school.  He would also like to work as a video producer for an Athletic Department or a professional team.

Lise Graham – University of Illinois
Graham has spent the spring studying in the UK, but has continued her love of music and sounds by working on the radio at her university there.  She also works at WPGU on the University of Illinois campus, and WLTL at home in LaGrange.  Graham is graduating next May and would love to do a fellowship with NPR in D.C. following graduation.

Ryan Huffer – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Huffer loves sports, and that’s what drew him to broadcasting. He says he has always loved listening to the broadcasters on the radio and TV, and would love to be one of those guys who gets to watch sports and get paid for it. He is from Lincoln, and will graduate next year from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Chris Newman – Illinois State University
Newman has just accepted a full-time job as a producer at WMBD-TV in Peoria, where he’s been interning.  At Illinois State University, he produced and anchored for TV-10 News and was the News Director at WZND radio.  He also covered movie news for both outlets. 

Christa Shavers – Public Affairs Reporting Program at University of Illinois-Springfield
Shavers is earning a Master’s Degree from the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois-Springfield. She was attracted to broadcasting because she likes informing people of what is going on in the community.  She started this as an undergrad at Illinois State University’s WZND radio and TV-10 News.  She has been interning with WICS-TV in Springfield and hopes to continue working there.

Michelle Eccles McLaughlin

INBA is an organization that really caters to continuing education for professionals. It offers a relatively inexpensive way to learn new things, reinforce best practices and network.

Jeff Bossert

When I was working in radio for the first time, I had no idea whether I could truly handle the demands. But INBA made me curious and want to improve. Even now, when I’ve maybe worked a lot of hours or planned some stories that didn’t come together for one reason or another, what I learn from an INBA conference gets me re-invigorated about the business.

Bob Roberts

INBA is as much about friendship and as it is about achieving common goals. It provides two things individual newsrooms cannot: in-service training, and the ability to speak out on issues affecting the profession. But most of all, it brings newspeople together.

Aaron Eades

As a student, it's often difficult to picture what working in the real world will be like. For me, the INBA bridged that gap by giving me the chance to talk to professionals who used to be in the same shoes I'm in now.

Andrew Tanielian

INBA taught me how to network in a meaningful way. The scholarship process taught me how to endure a hard job interview and thrive.

Ryan Denham

“I recently attended my first INBA conference—and it won’t be my last. The combination of professional and student journalists learning together is electric. Everyone learns from each other and walks away with new friends (and LinkedIn connections). I know I did.”

Mike Miletich

Joining the INBA was one of my best life decisions. I met some of the best broadcast journalists while I was still a college student. Plus, I ended up getting a job through the connections I made!

Jennifer Fuller

INBA is not only a great networking tool, it also provides advocacy and support for journalists in an ever-changing world.

Nora Baldner

The support INBA gives to student journalists is vitally important as we all discover how technology is changing news dissemination, INBA monitors and actively encourages truth, transparency and accountability from students and their universities.

Molly Jirasek

One of my top goals in my career was to get to Chicago. Thanks to INBA I met Margaret Larkin. She remembered our great conversations about Chicago and first alerted me to a job opening in the city I might be interested in. Lo and behold, I got that job! INBA helped me reach my dream.

Brian O'Keefe

One of the greatest benefits for me has been getting to see and know other parts of the state. I’m not from Illinois and traveling to spring and fall conventions over the years has transformed dots on a map to memories of places that enhance my story telling process.

Alexis McAdams

INBA played a huge part in preparing me for my broadcasting career. The INBA conventions connect students with on-air talent and news directors who give feedback on now to improve your work. Through relationships I made at those conventions, I was able to obtain my first on air reporting job.

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