June 6, 2018

Doors Open at 6:30 am for registration

Legal, Legislative & Regualtory Panel and Breakfast begins at 7:00 am

Morning Breakout Sessions begin at 8:30 am

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Marriott Hotel & Conf Center
201 Broadway
Normal, IL 61761

Reservations:                                      conference rate of $132.00 plus applicable taxes.


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Debra Gray 
Illinois Broadcasters Association 

Arrive the Night Before -        June 5, 2018

IBA's Chairmen's Reception, hosted by Frank Whittaker, IBA's 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board and Carlos Fernandez, IBA's 2018-2019 Chairman of the Board.

Reception:  5:30 pm

Dinner & Awards:  7:00 pm

Reception Sponsored by Gates Air, Quincy, Illinois. Ticket information below.

A Night for Legends -             June 5, 2018

Join IBA Chairman Frank Whittaker for the Chairman's Dinner & Awards Dinner as IBA pays tribute to legendary broadcasters.Sponsored by Patrick Communications.

Tickets are $70. 

Tom Skilling Named Pioneer


Tom Skilling, WGN-TV, Chief Meteorologist is IBA's 2018 W. Russell Withers, Jr., "Broadcast Pioneer"

Dana Withers is Broadcaster of the Year

Dana Withers, President of Dana Communications and Withers Broadcasting will receive the Vincent T. Wasilewski IBA "Broadcaster of the Year" during the President's Dinner. 

Former honorees, former IBA Chairmen and distinguished guests are invited to attend this inaugural event of the IBA Alumni.

Tickets are $70 and include the Chairmen's Reception.

IBA2018  *  JUNE 5-6, 2018  *  
Normal Marriott
For the first time at an IBA conference, a daylong track dedicated to news professionals will take place on June 6, 2018. Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, one of the leading intructors in journalism and ethics in the world, will present three sessions. Don Craven, IBA Attorney and expert on FOIA, Cameras in the Courtroom, and Ethics, will wrap up the day with his session designed to assist all news writers, reporters and gatherers in collecting the correct information and how you can use it.  Whether your camera is in the courtroom or on the street corner, this session is designed for you!
IBA2018 opens on June 5, 2018 with the Chairmen's Reception and Awards Dinner where IBA wlll honor the Vincent T. Wasilewski IBA "Broadcaster of the Year" and the W. Russell Withers, Jr. IBA "Broadcast Pioneer".
This year's recipients are Dana Withers, IBA Broadcaster of the Year and Tom Skilling, IBA Broadcast Pioneer.
Tickets can be purchased for this event using the Register Now! button and are at an additional fee.

  IBA Chairman Frank Whittaker invites you to attend    IBA2018 Newsroom

 "There has never been a more important time to disucss the   role of journalists in our society.  It should be an enlightening   and engaging day for everyone in attendance,"                 Frank Whittaker,                                                                  Vice President News/Station Manager, NBC 5.

 Registration for the June 6th IBA Newsroom Conference

  $49 per person, includes the Hall of Fame Luncheon.

Register Now! Add a ticket to the Silver Dome Awards Gala for just $49 at a $10 savings, Al a carte price is $59

Luncheon Incudes Hall of Fame Induction of Retired CBS Reporter Bill Plante

Bill Plante, CBS News White House correspondent during the administrations of Ronald Reagan (beginning in 1981), Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. During the administration of the first President Bush, he was CBS News' State Department correspondent (1989-92). Plante's reports have been seen across all CBS News platforms including "CBS This Morning," and the "CBS Evening News."

Plante was based in CBS News' Washington bureau since December 1976. He has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968. Before his first White House assignment, he covered general and off-year elections, including the national political conventions. In 1968, he reported on the campaigns of Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon. During the 1972 campaign, Plante's assignments included covering candidates George McGovern and Sargent Shriver. In the summer of 1976, he covered Jimmy Carter and then, in the fall, Walter Mondale's vice presidential campaign. Plante was a floor reporter at the 1988 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

For additonal information on Bill Plante:  https://www.cbsnews.com/team/bill-plante/

 Chris Plante to Introduce Bill Plante

Chris Plante is a syndicated radio talk show host, based at WMAL Radio in Washington D.C., and heard on the Westwood One Network. He is also a frequent guest on both Fox News Channel and Fox Business. Chris Plante is the stepson of long-time CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante.

Chris Plante will address the audience at the Hall of Fame Luncheon and will introduce his stepfather Bill Plante as IBA's newest Hall of Famer.


Luncheon Sponsored by Westwood One

June 6th IBA2018 Newsroom Sessions 

8:30 am  Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute

"Write Tight When Time is Tight"  How to find focus discover motivators that will make your story more interesting.

10:30 am  Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute

"Inoculate Yourself Against the Fake News Label"  

-The four key questions that lead to critical thinking, How to use metadata to find the truth behind a photograph, How fakers manipulate headlines in seconds, Why fakers FAKE

11:45 pm  Hall of Fame Luncheon

1:15 pm Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute

"What Every Journalist Should Know About Guns and Ammo"

-The fact is there is a mass shouting every two weeks or so in the U.S.  Journalists cover gun crimes routinely, yet most journalists are not gun owners and have never had formal training.

3:00 pm IBA Attorney Don Craven

"Freedom of Information, Cameras in the Courtroom, and FOIA"

Whether your camera is in the courtroom or on the corner across from a crime scene, Don Craven provides the reporter ethics every reporter needs to know.  This session applies to verterna news reporters as well as new reporters.

Terry Sylvester to Perform at Silver Dome Awards
 It's a throwback to the 70's as former Hollies   guitarist performs!
 BMI Singer/Songwriter Terry Sylvester, formerly with the   Hollies will take the audience back to a decade when   radio DJs were playing "Long Cool Woman in a Black   Dress" and "Carousel".

Silver Dome Awards Gala

Are you nominated as a finalist for a Silver Dome Award or perhaps your station is competing in the Station of the Year Contest?  As a registrant of IBA2018 Newsroom, you can purchase a ticket for the Silver Dome Awards at just $49, a savings of $10.

Silver Dome Awards Gala Sponsored by AT & T

Reception begins at 5:30 "A 70 Minue Toast to Our 70th"

Dinner and Awards begin at 6:40 pm

  Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute

  Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around the world. His teaching focused on writing, reporting, storytelling, ethics, critical thinking, photojournalism, social media and online journalism. 

Tompkins has taught television news producers, reporters, photojournalists and managers in his workshops in 49 states, Canada, Egypt, Ecuador, Denmark, Cayman, Iceland and South Africa. He has taught and coached print newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad how to build interactive news websites, how to use video more effectively online and how to manage ethical issues that arise online.  

Al is an FAA licensed drone pilot and has organized and lead drone journalism workshops around America that produced more than 325 graduates. He co-authored the drone ethics guide

For more on Poynter Institue:  https://www.poynter.org/person/atompkins