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INBA Conventions

Upcoming Conventions

The Spring 2017 Convention will be in Champaign/Urbana, April 21-23 at Eastland Suites. Jeff Bossert of Illinois Public Radio and Aaron Eades of WCIA-TV are co-chairs.

The Fall 2017 Convention will be in Quincy October 6-8 at the Town and Country Inn & Suites.  Nora Baldner of Quincy University is the chair.

The Spring 2018 Convention will be in East Peoria April 20-22, 2018 at the Stoney Creek Inn.  We are seeking a chair.


Past Conventions

The Fall 2016 Convention marked a departure from the traditional weekend-long format, and a partnership with the Illinois Broadcasters' Association. 
The Convention opened Friday night, October 14, with Anna Werner, national correspondent for CBS News, and former INBA Board Member.  She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and worked as a reporter at WEEK-TV in Peoria early in her career. Also that night, more than $1500 was raised at the Scholarship Auction.
Sessions on Saturday, October 15 included Covering Police-involved Shootings, Using Facebook Live, Making an Internship Valuable and Covering Politics in the Current Climate.  The Illinoisan of  the Year Award was given posthumously to Judge Abner Mikva.

Spring 2016: Springfield

More than 100 attendees gathered in April for sessions using the expertise of state officials and some lawmakers.  Students toured WICS-TV and a panel of News Directors gave advice on getting and keeping jobs. The keynote speaker was veteran journalist Ray Suarez.

Fall 2015: Rock Island

The continuation of INBA's 60th Anniversary year took place in the Quad Cities, where a song was composed for the organization, and Illinoisan of the Year was awarded to retiring Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland.

Spring 2015: Normal

INBA celebrated 60 years of Ethics, Education and Excellence in Journalism.  117 attendees, 19 panelists and 1 keynote speaker participated.

Fall 2014: Marion

The sports-themed convention was held October 3-5, 2014, at The Diamond Club at Rent One Park in Marion, where the Southern Illinois Miners play. 

Spring 2014:  Peoria

Peoria hosted INBA April 11-13 at the Mark Twain Hotel, as well as several other locations, including the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Packard Plaza.  Highlights included a Business Reporting Session at the Caterpillar Visitors Center and a  Barge Trip on the Illinois River. The Keynote Address was given by Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, and the Associated Press and SINBA Awards were presented.

Fall 2013:  DeKalb

This convention was held at Northern Illinois University's Holmes Student Center September 20 through 22, 2013.

If you missed this convention, listen to the audio of our keynote speaker address and sessions by clicking here.