Four Quincy University communication students attended the Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) Spring Convention in Urbana, Illinois in April. Students attended panels that included discussions about fake news, staying objective in political coverage, how to cover riots and demonstrations and when sports becomes news. They also got a chance to meet NPR Political Reporter Sarah McCammon and hear her talk about covering the 2016 race to the White House. McCammon was assigned to the Trump campaign during the election.

“Attending professional conferences is vital for students to make the connection from classroom to career. Students who attend the INBA conventions benefit from networking opportunities, panel discussions by industry leaders, and getting feedback on their work from potential employers,” says Nora Baldner, associate professor of communication at QU. “INBA also offers student scholarships and story awards. Conventions are a valuable opportunity for students during their academic careers.”

The next INBA Convention will be held in Quincy, October 6-8, 2017 at the Town & Country Inn (110 N. 54th St). This convention will feature keynote speaker and award-winning broadcaster, Cheri Preston. Workshop sessions include: Google News Lab: Tools for Journalists, IRE: Web for Watchdogs, Public Records, Datamining, and Muslimedia: Panel Discussion.

For registration information, go to For questions, contact Nora Baldner at