President’s Report From New INBA President Josh Morgan

Hello everyone, for those of you who do not know me, my name is Josh Morgan and I am honored to be the new President of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.  I want to start by thanking everyone for their support at the Fall Convention in Springfield and I humbled at the opportunity to lead this organization for at least the next year.  I am currently the News Director at WREX-TV in Rockford, a position I have held since March 2013.

I want to start my first president's letter with a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to our newest past president, Laura Trendle-Polus.  Laura led INBA as president for 3 years and has unquestionably put our organization in a great position to be successful over the coming years.  Her hard work and dedication is contagious, and I only hope I can follow in her footsteps.  So, on behalf of everyone at INBA, a big thank you to Laura for her service as president!

INBA President Josh Morgan and Immediate Past President Laura Trendle-Polus

INBA President Josh Morgan and Immediate Past President Laura Trendle-Polus at the INBA Fall Convention

Photo Credit: Lee Milner

I am thrilled to be working alongside a wonderful group of INBA members and a board who volunteers so much of their time to make sure INBA is as strong as ever. I do want to take a second to recognize one of our outgoing board members, Bob Roberts, who after 20 years of service to INBA, has stepped down as he moves with his wife to South Carolina.  Bob has been such an integral part of INBA over the years, especially with his expertise on FOIA/OMA.  His vast knowledge has helped educate and support journalists statewide in their fight to hold our governments accountable.  Bob, thank you for your dedicated service and passion for journalism.  You will be missed here in Illinois.

Thank you for everyone who attended the Fall Convention in Springfield.  We had a nice turnout and I thought the programming was both unique and thought-provoking. I was thrilled to see how many questions there were after each speaker.  The number of questions is always a good indicator of interest.  A gigantic THANK YOU to INBA Vice President Nora Baldner for putting this convention together!

It was a big week in Illinois for television broadcasters as the Regional Emmy Nominations were announced for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Broadcasters, large and small, students and professionals, from across the state were recognized for their outstanding work over the last year.  Congrats to all of the nominees and good luck bringing home those beautiful statuettes on November 10!  The Mid-America Chapter just had their Emmy Gala a couple of weeks ago, and numerous students and professionals in the state were honored there, including our Recording Secretary, Jasmine Crighton's team at WIU.  Congratulations, Jasmine!

As for me, I am writing this letter from Baltimore, Maryland at the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference.  This is one of the country's largest news conferences and the itinerary is full of great seminars and learning opportunities for people of all experiences and skill levels.  I look forward to reporting some of what was learned in my next report.

I think that covers a lot of what I wanted to hit on in my first report.  Now I look forward to getting to work for INBA as your president.  Thank you again for all of your support and I am so excited for what the next year has in store.

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.”

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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.

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.

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