ROCKFORD (INBA) – The INBA is thrilled to host its first in-person convention since the pandemic. This fall’s event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Rockford, from Sept. 24-26. Below is a summary of our sessions. These are on top of Saturday night’s dinner and INBA Crystal Mic Award ceremonies. Our keynote speaker will be Cherie Grzech, VP of News for NewsNation in Chicago. To register for the convention, CLICK HERE.
Citizens Police Data Project
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday
Andrew Fan is the chief operating officer at the Invisible Institute, where he helps coordinate work across the organization’s teams. Andrew has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Asian American Policy Review. Andrew is also a data reporter and was part of the team that produced the series “Mauled: When Police Dogs are Weapons,” a year-long investigation into police K-9 units which won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. His work has appeared in the Chicago Reader, WBEZ, and USA Today.
Chaclyn Hunt is a civil rights attorney. She works with both the Youth / Police Project and the Citizens Police Data Project.
Sam Stecklow is a journalist, researcher and editor with the Invisible Institute. He has previously worked at the Salt Lake Tribune and South Side Weekly.
The Citizens Police Data Project (CPDP.co) is a tool for holding police accountable to the public they serve. Citizens Police Data Project (CPDP) takes records of police interactions with the public – records that would otherwise be buried in internal databases – and opens them up to make the data useful to the public, creating a permanent record for every CPD police officer. Originally intended to serve as a national model for transparency, the Citizens Police Data Project emerged from a decade-long collaboration with the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. CPDP is now the hub of several inter-woven projects and partnerships that share the common goal of making police data more useful to the public through transparency, investigation, and accountability.
Making Sense of the Census
9:15-10:30 a.m. Saturday
Presenters: Sherrie Taylor, Senior Research Specialist, NIU Center for Governmental Studies, Bob Evans, Rockford University
After pandemic-related delays, the latest census numbers have finally been released. Researchers anticipated population losses in Illinois for the past decade, particularly in rural areas of the state. This session will address research on where residents are going and the economic impact of the communities they leave behind. It will also include tools for reporters on visualizing these demographic changes.
Pandemic and Beyond: What have we learned?
1:30-2:45 p.m. Saturday
Panelists: Maggie Hradecky, News Director WIFR, Shaun Newell, News Director, WMBD, Yvonne Boose, Report for America Reporter, WNIJ
Description: The past year and a half has been a year of pivoting, adapting, and learning new ways to reach audiences with life-saving information. It hasn’t been easy, but our industry has been forever changed. In this session, panelists and convention participants swap successes and lessons learned. We’ll share practical tips and tools for broadcasters.