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September 2009

INBA Names Edgar Illinoisan of the Year

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will address the INBA fall convention in Peoria after receiving the Illinoisan of the Year Award, as elected by the INBA's past presidents.  

 Edgar is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He was Illinois Secretary of State from 1981 to 1991, first appointed to succeed Alan Dixon in 1981, and then elected to two full terms. He subsequently served two terms as Illinois Governor from 1991 to 1999. 

Paper on Ambient Journalism

This is quite interesting, both on a personal use level and on an overarching level.

Send Us Your Pics!

We're looking to add photos from past conventions and other INBA events to the website.  If you've got some good ones, send them along to, and we'll put them online!  Please try to include a general idea when and where these are from.


63% of Americans believe news coverage is inaccurate , 74% feel it's biased

   NEW YORK (AP) - More bad news for journalists: The percentage of people who believe their work is inaccurate and biased continues to grow.
   Nearly two-thirds - 63 percent - of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press believe that news stories are often inaccurate. That's a flip from when Pew first asked that question in 1985, when 34 percent of respondents believed stories were frequently inaccurate.
   Pew also found that 74 percent of respondents believe stories tend to favor one side of an issue over another, up from 66 percent two years ago.
   Those trends tend to go hand in hand, said Andrew Kohut, the Pew center's director.
   ``If people believe that news reports are often biased, they will say they're inaccurate,'' he said.

2009 SINBA Award Winners

SINBA Awards were presented Saturday night by Awards Committee Chair Laura Gibbs and INBA President Jim Gee:   

Forum Technical Note

A note for members... it appears that right now, you can only view conversations in the Forum if you are logged-in.  We're looking into this, but for now, make sure you sign in to see ALL of the online discussion. -- Jim Gee, INBA President.

Online Journalism and INBA

The INBA Membership Committee has begun a discussion about if and how we should include online journalists in our membership ranks.  Give the committee your two cents in the new INBA Forum.

Convention Hotel Registration -- Extended!

The folks at the Grand Hotel and Conference Center in Peoria have generously extended the registration window for those coming to the Fall 2009 Convention on Oct. 2nd - 4th!   You can still reserve rooms special low rate of $80/night + tax. 

The only way to make a reservation is by phone. Call the Grand Hotel and Conference Center (309) 686-8000 or toll free at 1-877-686-8001, and make sure to mention INBA by name.


A Call for Candidates!

From INBA Nominations Chair Jeff Bossert:

We’ll be holding INBA Board elections during the luncheon/business meeting at this year’s Fall Convention.  There was fair amount of competition for the open seats last fall in Carbondale, and we’re hoping for more of the same this October in Peoria (the dates are Oct. 2-4.) All of the officer positions are up for election.   Among the nine directors on the board, five two-year terms will be expiring. Some of them plan on running again (but a little healthy competition never hurt anything.)

Expanding Our Membership

Hello INBA! :-)

For our first "forum" discussion let's take a look at expanding our membership.  Should we include online journalists in INBA?

Let's hear your thoughts! 

Julie Root---Membership Committee Chair