Spring 2016 Convention

The Spring 2016 Convention was in Springfield at the Wyndham Hotel (formerly the Hilton) on April 22-24. 


INBA Board Meeting                               12-4pm  Conference Center 3
INBA Scholarship Interviews                       4-8pm   Conference Center 3

Registration       4-7pm  Lobby
Opening Reception      7-???   30th Floor

Registration       8-9am  29th Floor Hallway

Welcome       8:45am

Session 1:        9-10:15am  29th Floor
*Reporter Roundtable on State Government*
Join a panel of statehouse reporters for a discussion about the happenings in Springfield. Illinois has gone nearly 11 months without a budget. How are reporters keeping an eye on the proceedings? What's the relationship between Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislative leaders? Panelists will also discuss the alarming trend of a shrinking press pool in Springfield. How can reporters around the state help fill that gap and hold the powerful accountable from their newsrooms?

Session 2:    10:30-11:30am  29th Floor
*Making Sense of Spreadsheets*
We all pay taxes, but do you know where your money goes? What exactly does it pay for, and how do you find an interesting story in the balance? This panel will discuss the expense side of the ledger and how decisions are made with your money. From townships to educators, this panel will explain who gets the biggest, and smallest, slice of the pie. Find out how you can tell interesting stories from the numbers and where to look for the details.

Lunch/Business Meeting  11:45-1pm  29th Floor

Session 3:    1:15-2:30pm  29th Floor
*Elections 2016: Gearing up for November*
From ballot busting at the county level to tales from the campaign trail in New York, this panel will get us ready for the next presidential election. Millions of dollars are being spent at the state level, how do we find the local stories and put the information into context? Who's your favorite politician to follow and what is the best advice for covering a town hall, a rally or a one-on-one?

Student Session    2:30-4:pm   WICS-TV
Station tour, live shot workshop and tape critiques

Illinois Public Radio   3:00-3:45pm  TBD
Associated Press   3:00-3:45pm  TBD
INBA Foundation   4-4:45pm  TBD

Cocktail Reception   5:15-6:15pm  29th Floor

Dinner     6:15-??   29th Floor
Featured Speaker: Ray Suarez of Al-Jazeera America and PBS Newshour
Associated Press Awards
SINBA Awards

Past Presidents Reception  10:30pm – ???  21st Floor


Session 4:    9-10:30am  29th Floor
“Leadership in the Newsroom”
Newsroom managers talk about how to become a newsroom leader. What does it take to move up the ladder? How do you ask for a raise? The panel will discuss the barriers to success in the current newsroom climate and how can you walk around, under or through them. Learn great tips on personal and professional success from proven leaders. Learn how to maximize your strengths, navigate your next step and earn respect from colleagues. Learn what management looks for in effective leaders and why some employees rise to the top quickly and others stagnate. This is a leadership skills tutorial for the student and working journalist.

Brunch     11am-12pm  29th Floor

Tours of Abraham Lincoln Museum