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Fall 2012 Convention Schedule of Events

Friday, September 21
2pm – INBA board meeting at St. Louis Public Radio (3651 Olive St., 63108)
4pm to 7pm – Registration open: Crowne Plaza lobby
6pm to 7pm – Opening reception: Crowne Plaza atrium bar
Saturday, September 22
7:30 am – Registration open: Mississippi Foyer
ALL DAY - Student critiques: Upper Mississippi
9 am to 10:15 am
Beyond the Bite – How to Get Politicians to Answer the Questions You’re Asking. (Lower/Middle Mississippi)
·         Jo Mannies – political reporter, St. Louis Beacon
·         Mike Owens – former investigative reporter, KSDK-TV (St. Louis) and former Mo. state house candidate
·         Melissa Hahn – former Illinois Radio Network Springfield bureau chief, and spokeswoman, Ill. treasurer Dan Rutherford
Moderated by Charlie Wheeler, director, Public Affairs Reporting program.   
It’s an election year, which means we all have dozens of questions we want politicians to answer. So how do we make sure that the candidates address the topics we want them to? Learn from some of the best on both sides of the microphone about spin and how to break it.
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Option 1: Photos and Video to Dazzle Your Digital Audience (Lower Mississippi)
·         Mike Alexander – photographer, KMOV-TV (St. Louis)
·         Mike Pagano –Nine Academy director, Nine Network St. Louis (PBS)
·         Emily Rasinski – freelance photographer (formerly with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Moderated by Kim (Boomer) Vanden Berg
TV reporters have long known the importance of images. But as web becomes a larger presence, more and more radio reporters now have to think about images as well. Join three experienced visual masters for an introduction to, or refresher on, making your photos and videos the best they can be with the resources available.
Option 2: Tackling a Sports Story (Middle Mississippi)
·         Ron Jacober – KMOX-AM
·         Kent Sterling – program director, 101 ESPN
·         Adam Young – play-by-play, Gateway Grizzlies
Moderated by Jeff Bossert, WILL-FM
Want to be a sports reporter some day? Have no real interest in sports but find yourself assigned to cover them anyway? This panel will help you know what to look for before, during, and after a game, plus help you find those elusive stories in the off season.
12 pm to 2 pm
Lunch and INBA Business Meeting (Meramec West)
(SINBA chapters may meet, but are not required to leave)
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Option 1: Race and Reporting (Lower Mississippi)
·         Daralene Jones – reporter, WFTV Orlando
·         Virvus Jones – editorial board member, St. Louis American
·         Art Silverblatt – professor of media literacy, Webster University
Moderated by Tamara Starks, The Associated Press
When it came to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, race was an obvious factor in the story. But how does race, and conceptions about race, shape coverage in ways we don’t understand, from the stories we tell or don’t tell, to the sources we use? What are the “danger zones” in covering stories where race matters? How do you deal with nuance in a world of soundbites? The panel will give reporters the tools to understand how to use their stories to spark educated and thoughtful conversations about race – both in their newsrooms and the living rooms of their listeners and viewers.
Option 2: Aftermath of War (Middle Mississippi)
·         Erica Borggren – director, Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs
·         Col. Chris Lawson – Illinois National Guard
·         Cindy Malawy – vice president of marketing, Boeing Defense, Space and Security
Moderated by Will Stevenson, WGIL-FM
We all know the toll that frequent deployments can take on families psychologically. But what are the economic impacts of guardsmen deploying frequently during the War on Terror? How about on returning veterans who may be trying to find a job in what remains a tough employment market? What’s the effect of looming budget cuts on programs for veterans? How about defense companies? What will a smaller military mean for job prospects in the future? The panel is designed to help you tell a different kind of “homecoming” story as the country begins to wind down 10 years of the “war on terror.”
3:45 pm: Free time and organizational meetings. Tours of the MX development will be available.
2012 Dinner and auctions
5:30 pm: Cocktail “hour” – Meramec West
6:15 pm:Dinner is served, silent auction begins
7:00 pm:Keynote address – Russ Mitchell
8:00 pmINBA Scholarship Foundation live auction with guest auctioneer Dave Schumacher
Sunday, September 23
9:30 am to 10:45 am – The REAL Law and Order – Courtroom Basics for Journalists (Meramec West)
·         Brendan Kelly – St. Clair County State’s Attorney
·         Brian Mackey – reporter, Illinois Public Radio
·         Bill Marsh – public defender, city of St. Louis
Moderated by Brian Mackey
This past December, Illinois joined its five neighbors in allowing cameras and microphones into the courtroom. And while we all know that trials don’t play out like they do on “Law and Order,” we might be a little fuzzy on exactly what happens -  both in open court and behind closed doors. Members of the prosecution and defense will take us through the anatomy of a trial, from charges to verdict and all the Latin phrases in between.
11 am – Sunday brunch, with remarks from Illinoisan of the year, chief justice Thomas Kilbride (Meramec West)
12 pm – Closing resolution



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