INBA Summer Board Meeting Summary

  The INBA Board of Directors met in Normal on August 1, and covered several items:

   Agreed to change the Illinois News Broadcasters Association Facebook group to a closed group, and to keep it in line with membership rolls.  Board members hope that will be a place members can go to pose questions or start discussions in a more protected environment.  The INBA Facebook page will remain open and will act as more of a marketing tool for the organization. 

  Agreed to make a SINBA Facebook group for various chapters’ officers and advisors to use to communicate with each other.

  Approved awarding a Distinguished Service Award to Richard Theis, a Champaign attorney who was of great help with legal issues and the early cameras in the courts efforts.

  Learned that the Spring 2015 Convention had total attendance of 135 and ended with just over $800 profit.

  Heard a report on Cameras in the Courts – Committee Chair Jim Grimes has been calling circuits and is finding no problems.

  Accepted new board member Aaron Eades’ offer to take on the Honors and Awards committee.

  Added new board member Nora Baldner, plus Jennifer Fuller, Colleen Reynolds and Jacob Long to the Financial Committee, in order to explore new options for scholarship fund-raising, aside from the traditional Scholarship Auction. The auction has suffered in recent years, due to lower attendance at Fall Conventions.

 Approved two resolutions regarding the Fall 2016 Convention – one to hold it in Quincy, the other to hold it in conjunction with the IBA-U event, which is a day-long conference aimed at broadcasting students, typically in Normal on a Friday in the fall.  Both resolutions will be brought before the General Membership at the Fall Convention, for discussion and a vote.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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