2014 SINBA Awards Named

This was far and away the biggest year for SINBA Awards, with 90 students entering the various categories.  The winners were announced on April 12, during the Spring Convention in Peoria.

Radio News Reporting

1st – Lise Graham, University of Illinois

2nd – Chris Lovingood, Western Illinois University

3rd – Bria Purdiman, University of Illinois

Radio Use of Sound

1st – Chris Lovingood, Western Illinois University

2nd – Lise Graham, University of Illinois

3rd – Andrew Bacon, Western Illinois University

Hard Radio Program

1st – WZND News Team, Illinois State University

Radio Newscast

1st – Loyola University

2nd – UI-7 Radio News, University of Illinois

Soft Radio Program

1st – Sunrise Sports, Southern Illinois University

2nd – Illini Drive, University of Illinois

Radio Sports Reporting

1st – Tyler Eddy, Western Illinois University

2nd – Dustin Carlisle, Southern Illinois University

3rd – Tim VanDuyne, Illinois State University

Radio Play by Play

1st – Nico Haeflinger, Western Illinois University

2nd – Chris Highland, Illinois State University

3rd – Garrett Knock, Western Illinois University


TV Sports Program

1st – TV10 SportsZone, Illinois State University

2nd – Pigskin Preview, Western Illinois University


TV Newscast 

1st (tie) – WEIU Newswatch, Eastern Illinois University

1st (tie) – wiuTV3 Live at 4, Western Illinois University

2nd – TV10 News at Noon, Illinois State University

3rd – UI-7 News, University of Illinois

Soft TV Program

1st – Good Morning Macomb, Western Illinois University

2nd – "Interesting Individuals," UI-7 News, University of Illinois

3rd – The Richland Report, Richland Community College

TV Sports Reporting

1st – Matt Maniscalco, University of Illinois

2nd – Nico Haeflinger, Western Illinois University

3rd (tie) – Lindsey Harrison, Illinois State University

3rd (tie) – Chris Highland, Illinois State University


1st – Braden Harp, Eastern Illinois University

2nd – Drew Hoffman, Western Illinois University

3rd (tie) – Andrew Bacon, Western Illinois University

3rd (tie) – Michelle Maslanka, Illinois State University

3rd (tie) – Alicia Ogierman, Illinois State University

TV News Reporting

1st – Aaron Eades, Illinois State University

2nd – Chris Lovingood, Western Illinois University

3rd – Savanna Tomei, Eastern Illinois University

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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