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May 2012

Cameras and Microphones in the Courts - The Status Board

Nearly 30 years of advocacy by INBA has lead to an experiment with electronic recording devices in Illinois' Circuit Courts.  Now INBA is working with local court administrators, staff, and colleagues in the media to coordinate coverage.  Only a few courts have been granted approval for this pilot program by the Illinois Supreme Court-- so far.  That number is sure to grow.  Follow the progress, and find helpful links to assist in your courtroom coverage, on our Cameras/Microphones in the Courts Resource Page.

Got questions or an update?  Contact Cams/Mics committee chair Jim Grimes.

Chicago Police Department: Procedures for NATO Summit Media Coverage

INBA's Bob Roberts was at a meeting with 15 news organizations to go over the ground rules for media coverage of this weekend's NATO summit.  The department says "it is not the intent of Chicago Police to limit or otherwise interfere with coverage of protests and other events related to the NATO summit. The department anticipates that members of the media will be accompanying protesters."  It also does not intend to embed reporters with specific police units.

Bob's compiled a lengthy document that spells out procedures.  Download it here in Adobe PDF format.  Click "read more" (below) to view the entire document online.

Professional Development: You Make the Call!

INBA will hold its next Professional Development session on July 14 in Champaign.  The topic?  That's where you come in... head over to INBA's Facebook Page and cast your vote!

SINBA Award Winners

Here are the winners ifor the 2013 SINBA Awards, announced at the INBA Spring Convention in Urbana on April 20th.  




Savanna Tomei, Eastern Illinois University 
Rachel Steibing, Western Illinois University 
Jessica Anderson, Southern Illinois University