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April 2016

Ray Suarez Offers Insight

  "Today there is no Al Jazeera America and I'm unemployed for the first time in more than 30 years." That's the way veteran journalist Ray Suarez started his presentation to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, about journalism now and for the next generation. "Today if a company can borrow enough money it can own an almost limitless number of radio stations and television stations.. comtent requirements are dead... you can go live from just about anywhere on planet earth.. and large numbers of Americans don't watch or listen to a newscast or read a newspaper."

Four Scholarships Awarded

Four university students won $1500 scholarships from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association at the INBA Spring Convention.  Jeff Burnett is a senior at Illinois State University, Collin Dorsey is a sophomore at Southern Illinois University, Maureen Christensen is a senior at Illinois State University and Megan Sanchez is a junior at Western Illinois University.  They are all pictured with INBA President Laura Trendle Polus.

Students Win Awards

Outstanding Soft Radio Program
1st: WUIS, Western Illinois University
2nd: WZND, Illinois State University

Outstanding Radio Newscast
1st: WZND, Illinois State University
Outstanding Radio News Reporting
1st: Johnny Cather, Western Illinois University
2nd: Abraham Koshy, University of Illinois

Veteran of Al Jazeera, PBS to Keynote Convention

  What does the future hold for Ray Suarez?  The distinguished journalist will likely be unemployed at the time of his appearance at the INBA Spring Convention.  But he has a resume that should open doors.  And he’ll talk to convention attendees about the ups and downs he’s seen in the media industry, through stints at PBS Newshour, NPR, Chicago’s WMAQ and his current position as host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America, which is slated to stop production in mid-April.