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November 2010

For Your Reading Pleasure: The Revised INBA By-laws

In October, the general membership approved sweeping revisions to INBA's operating papers. These revisions redefined some classes of membership and opened INBA to new media/digital journalists. They also include a series of procedural changes that reflect long-standing practice. The By-laws were also re-written in plainer language.

You can view an online version of the new By-laws, complete with a navigation menu. Or, you can download your own copy in Adobe PDF format.


TuneIn: Robert McChesney and government involvement in journalism

From the November 2010 article:

"To secure the future of journalism, McChesney says we have to look to the past. At the time of our country's founding, newspapers prospered, and did so with very little advertiser support. Instead, the government supported the press..."

Let's not overlook anything while looking to the past. Pres. John Adams signed a "Sedition Act" into law limiting the press. Only seven years after the First Amendment became part of the Constitution, printed criticism of the government became a crime. Yes, that law was enforced and publishers were jailed.

INBA Urges IL Senate to Let FOIA Veto Stand

The Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) is condemning the Illinois House for overriding the governor’s veto of HB 5154. That bill originally aimed to shield all government-related employee evaluations from public view, but Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto pen to limit the bill to law enforcement personnel evaluations.           

Political Contributions

Ever debate the ethical issue of being a journalist and making a political contribution?  If Keith Olbermann were a journalist, he might re-consider. But is he a journalist?  See Politico's report below (abridged and emphasis added):

Olbermann suspended after donating to Dems
By: Simmi Aujla
November 5, 2010 06:00 AM EDT

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay after POLITICO reported that he made three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement Friday: “I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."

Chief Justice Kilbride on Cams and Mics in Illinois Trial Courts

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride discussed a pilot program to gauge the impact of allowing cameras and microphones in Illinois trial courts in late October.  The clip below is from WTVP's long-running public affairs program, At Issue.




Kilbride was retained for another term in the November general election.

You can watch the complete program at WTVP's website.  Thanks to WTVP, host H Wayne Wilson, and Senior Producer Todd Pilon for providing the clip.