Meet a Member: Hannah Zettl

Meet Hannah Zettl. She’s the latest INBA member featured in our ‘Meet a Member’ series to start off the new year. Zettl is a graduate of Illinois State University, and recently started a job at KOLR-TV in Springfield Missouri
Hannah Zettl
Why did you decide to join INBA as a student?
I decided to join INBA to meet and network with storytellers and journalists across the state. I attended four conventions and served as treasurer then president of the Illinois State chapter of INBA. 
What makes you want to pursue broadcast journalism as a career?
Broadcast journalism is a great career path for me because I get bored when things are routine— and in journalism every day is a brand new adventure. I have met so many amazing people that I otherwise wouldn’t have met, and this industry allows those unique stories to be told.  
What have been the benefits of joining INBA for you personally? 
I have found that joining INBA has greatly benefited me and helped me develop as a journalist. Convention workshops have taught me how to cover everything from protests to disease outbreaks. I have met dozens of talented people through INBA, and had a ton of fun along the way.
If you could give one piece of advice to younger students wanting to pursue broadcast journalism, what would it be?
I would tell young journalists to never miss a learning opportunity. Say yes to cool offers, get involved with student media, diversify your talents. The best thing I ever did in school was getting involved with INBA, TV10, the radio, and newspaper. Between those experiences and a couple of internships, my resume was in good standing by the time graduation came around.
Is there any one person in the INBA who has inspired you in your career? If so, explain how. 
INBA has connected me with a bunch of influential people. Laura Trendle-Polus (of course), Jeff Burnett and Molly Jirasek to name a few. I am so thankful for my time at INBA, and any new people that I did not get the chance to meet— feel free to connect!  
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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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