INBA 2020 Fall Convention

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve moved our Fall Convention online. It will take place on Saturday September 26. We have a great day of informative sessions planned, and we’ll honor our 2020 Illinoisan of the Year, Dr. Ngozi Ezike. Here’s our tentative schedule of events.

  • 9:00am: Zoom meeting opens. Connect and say hello to your fellow INBA members!
  • 9:20am: Welcome from INBA President Josh Morgan
  • 9:30am: Illinoisan of the Year – Dr. Ngozi Ezike (presentation by Immediate Past President Laura Trendle-Polus)
  • 10:00am: Reporting on the Science of COVID-19. Panelists: Rick Weiss from SciLine, and Sebastian Martinez-Valdivia of KBIA-FM in Columbia, MO. Make sure you’re giving your audience accurate, up-to-date information with necessary context.
  • 11:15am: INBA Business Meeting and Elections.
  • 1:00pm: Break.
  • 1:30pm: Follow the Money. Pete Quist and Stacy Montemayor from the National Institute on Money in Politics will provide tools and story ideas to help you report on campaign finance.
  • 3:00pm: Being a Journalist in 2020. An open discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing reporters and editors right now.

You can register for this virtual convention right now! First, fill out this registration form from Survey Monkey:

INBA Virtual Fall Convention Registration

If you’re already an INBA member, no further action is required. We’ll send you the link to the Zoom meeting the week of the convention. We are accepting donations to help defray costs that the organization has incurred this year. You can donate via PayPal from the bottom of our homepage. Just scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the “PayPal Donate Now” button.

If you’re not a member yet, we have a special offer for you. We are offering a reduced membership rate of $25 for professional members and $15 for students. This gets you access to the 2020 Fall Virtual Convention, plus all other benefits of INBA membership. Select the membership that you qualify for (professional or student), and pay the reduced price via PayPal. Join right here.

If you have questions about this virtual convention, contact INBA vice-president Brian Moline at If you have questions about INBA membership, contact Rich Egger at

We hope to see you online on Saturday September 26!


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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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