June 3, 2023

Student Award Finalists

Finalists for this year's SINBA Awards are:

T1 – Outstanding Hard Television Program

  • Bottom Line, Illinois State University
  • Live at Four, Western Illinois University

T2 – Outstanding Soft Television Program

  • Good Morning Macomb, Western Illinois University
  • Ten on 10, Illinois State University

T3 – Outstanding Sports Television Program

  • Saluki SportsView, Justin Broom, Southern Illinois University
  • WIU Football Coach’s Show, Danny Frey, Western Illinois University

T4 – Outstanding Television Newscast

  • NTC News Shooting Anniversary Special, Eddie Garcia & Mateo Avila, Northern Illinois University
  • WEIU News Watch, Lynnsey Veach, Eastern Illinois University

T5 – Outstanding Television News Reporting

  • Stephanie Rodriguez, Illinois State University
  • Justin Taylor Vessel, Southern Illinois University

T6 – Outstanding Television Sports Reporting

  • Eddie Garcia, Northern Illinois University
  • Justin Fitzpatrick, Western Illinois University

T7 – Outstanding Videography

  • Scott Beyer, Illinois State University
  • Ryan Garity, Western Illinois University

R1 — Outstanding Hard Radio Program

  • Ashley Antonini, Laurel Becker, Blake Haas, and WZND News Room, Illinois State University

 R2 — Outstanding Soft Radio Program

  • Man Coverage, Western Illinois University, Show host – Ryan Mumma.   
  • Neil Doyle and Andy Olson, Illinois State University

R3 — Outstanding Radio Newscast

  • Neil Doyle, Illinois State University

R4 — Outstanding Radio News Reporting 

  • Marcellus Angel, Western Illinois University
  • Baylee Steelman, Illinois State University

R5 — Outstanding Radio Sports Reporting

  • Neil Doyle, Illinois State University
  • Neil Doyle and Steve Wrzala, Illinois State University

 R6 — Outstanding Radio Sports Play-By-Play

  • Danny Frey, Western Illinois University
  • ​Andy Olson, Illinois State University

R7 — Outstanding Use of Sound

  • John Benedeck, Western Illinois University
  • ​Neil Doyle, Illinois State University

Winners will be announced at our annual spring convention, which will be held April 20-22 in East Peoria.

If you have any questions about the SINBA Awards, please contact INBA Board Member Josh Morgan of WREX-TV in Rockford at jmorgan@wrex.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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