DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2020 Student INBA Award applications

UPDATE 2/28/21

Due to a technical issue with the Google form to enter the 2020 SINBA Awards, the deadline to submit applications has been extended to Friday, March 12, 2021. The application link has been updated below.


The 2020 Student INBA Award (SINBA Awards) applications are now open. There are several awards available for television and radio work.

To enter, students’ work must have aired between January 1st, 2020 and December 31st, 2020. All entries must RECEIVED by Friday, March 5, 2021.


Here are the contest rules:

DEADLINE: All entries must RECEIVED by Friday, March 5, 2021.

ENTRY FEE: $15 for paid SINBA members; $20 for non-members. Proceeds beyond award costs go to the INBA’s Scholarship Fund. Payments and entries must be submitted electronically.

ENTRY RULES: Entries must have been broadcast between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020. Students may submit series reports, but they will be considered as one story. You can enter more than one category as long as the proper entry fee is submitted for each. Entrants are welcome to write a cover letter to explain entries and can be submitted on the same page as the actual entry. See contest rules sheet for eligibility criteria. Void where prohibited. Please e-mail or call your SINBA Awards coordinator (Jennifer Nagle or Josh Morgan) if you have problems or have questions. Remember, entries and payments must be received by Friday, March 5, 2021.

CONTEST RULES: SINBA is pleased to award students in Illinois who have excelled in broadcast production in both radio and television. All entries should be submitted online.

WHAT WORK IS ELIGIBLE?: Eligibility includes undergraduate work done for a college, university or commercial radio or television station or cable outlet. The submission must be the original work of the entrant. A signature of authenticity from a news director, executive producer or SINBA advisor must accompany each entry.


  1. If an undergraduate working or volunteering for a college or university TV or radio station did it.
  2. If an undergraduate who happens to work or volunteer at a commercial radio or TV station or cable outlet did it. Keep in mind: All work done at commercial, non-campus stations (reporting, writing, editing, etc.) must be the sole work of the student.
  3. If it is done while part of an internship, but only work that is entirely (reporting, writing, editing, etc.) the work of the student.


  1. Work that is shot, edited or reported by a professional at a station and then handed off to a student employee or intern who simply re-voices the piece using the professional’s video, script and/or nat sound. If the story contains even one sound bite or piece of nat sound or script that is not the work of a student, that piece is not eligible. Sometimes this is called “rehash.”
  2. Work from undergraduates who were at one time professionals (people who have been in ‘the real world’ who have gone back to school to earn a degree) is not eligible.

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.

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!

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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.

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.

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