Full Convention Details

Registration is now closed, so that catering and printing deadlines can be met.


12:00 – 3:30 – Timberland Room: Board meeting 

4:00-6:30pm  Timberland Room:  ​Scholarship Interviews

4:00-7:00 – Registration Opens

6:00 – 8:00 – Caterpillar Trail Room:   Opening Reception with cash bar.  Sponsored by Quincy Media Inc.


8:45 – 9:00 –  Salon A  Welcome to Spring Convention 2018

9:00 – 10:30  – Salon A Session A: How to turn data into stories 
                             ​Ryan Denham, WGLT Radio

10:30-10:45 – Break

10:45 – 11:15 – Salon A Session B: Get Smart Quick: Immigration Issues 

                               Sonny Garcia, Illinois People's Action

                  Kevin Keykendall, Immigration Attorney 

11:15-11:50 – Salon A Session C: Get Smart Quick: Fact Checking, Misinformation

                                John Chase, Better Government Association

                                A. Jay Wagner, Bradley University

12:00 – 1:30 – Salon A  for Lunch   Sponsored by WMBD-TV
                                   ​INBA General Membership Meeting

1:30 – 3:00 – Salon A Session D: Get Smart Quick: Election Prep:

                                Charlie Wheeler, University of Illinois-Springfield   

                                Brian Mackey, NPR Illinois

                   Dan Shelley, RTDNA                                             

 3:30– 5:00  – State Room Session E: Student Critiques and News Director Roundtable

                                Lesley Van Ness, Quincy Media

                                Lon Lucas, WEEK/WHOI-TV

​                                Shaun Newell, WMBD/WYZZ-TV

                                Eric Stock, WJBC-AM

                                Charlie Schlenker, WGLT-FM

3:30 – 4:30 – AP Meeting in Caterpillar Trail

3:30 – 4:30 – IPR Meeting in Timberland Room 

4:30 – 5:30 – INBA Foundation Meeting  in Timberland Room 

6:00 – 7:00 – Northwoods Ballroom – Reception Cash Bar

7:00 – 10:00 – Northwoods Ballroom – Dinner, AP and SINBA Awards

                Keynote Speaker: Dan Shelley, RTDNA/RTDNF


9:00 – 10:30 AM – Salon A Session F Surviving and Thriving in a Small Market

               Brooke Brighton, WMBD-WYXX Meteorologist

                Josh Morgan, WREX News Director

              Jeff Burnett, WEEK Producer/Cumulus Media


10:30 – 11:00 – Break

11:00 – 12:00 – Salon A Brunch – Buffet from Childers, Final Resolution 

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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