2018 SINBA Award Finalists Announced

Below are the finalists for this year's Student Illinois News Broadcasters Association awards, to be presented at the INBA Spring 2019 Convention in Normal on Saturday April 13.

Finalists in each category are listed in alphabetical order. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all of our finalists!

Marcellus Angel receives a SINBA award at the 2018 Spring Convention

Television Categories

T1 – OUTSTANDING HARD TELEVISION PROGRAM

  • Devin Brooks, Western Illinois University
  • Julie Martin, Illinois State University

T2 – OUTSTANDING SOFT TELEVISION PROGRAM

  • Marcellus Angel, Western Illinois University
  • Stephen Cohn, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

T3 – OUTSTANDING SPORTS TELEVISION PROGRAM

  • Eddie Garcia, Northern Illinois University
  • TV-10 SportsZone Crew, ISU

T4 – OUTSTANDING TELEVISION NEWSCAST

  • QUTV, Quincy University
  • WEIU-TV Newswatch, Eastern Illinois University

T5 – OUTSTANDING TELEVISION NEWS REPORTING

  • Ashley Antonini, Illinois State University
  • Devin Brooks, Western Illinois University

T6 – OUTSTANDING TELEVISION SPORTS REPORTING

  • Devin Christmon, Western Illinois University
  • Eddie Garcia, Northern Illinois University

T7 – OUTSTANDING VIDEOGRAPHY

  • Anisa Selenica, College of DuPage
  • Manny Lopez, College of DuPage

Radio Categories

R1 – OUTSTANDING HARD RADIO PROGRAM

  • No submissions in this category

R2 – OUTSTANDING SOFT RADIO PROGRAM

  • Hector Carrion & Andy Olson, Illinois State University
  • Kyle O’Reilly, Western Illinois University

R3 – OUTSTANDING RADIO NEWSCAST

  • No submissions in this category

R4 – OUTSTANDING RADIO NEWS REPORTING

  • Ashley Antonini, Illinois State University
  • Emily Stieren, Western Illinois University

R5 – OUTSTANDING RADIO SPORTS REPORTING

  • Devin Christmon, Western Illinois University
  • MaKenzie Yearby, Western Illinois University

R6 – OUTSTANDING RADIO SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY

  • Andy Olson, Illinois State University
  • Isaac Missel, Illinois State University

R7 – OUTSTANDING USE OF SOUND

  • Emily Stieren, Western Illinois University
  • No second place awarded by judges
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.”

Jennifer Fuller

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

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.

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.

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.

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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