Final day of INBA Spring 2022 Convention

Published: May. 8, 2022 at 5:38 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Illinois News Broadcasters Association wrapped up the 2022 Spring convention in Peoria Sunday.

The event started Friday at the Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium. Throughout the weekend, guests gathered at the Pere Marquette Hotel for discussions on the current state of Illinois broadcast and print news.

The topics of time, stress and health management were covered, along with guest speakers like former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and representatives of the Illinois fraternal order of police and chiefs of police association.

The last topic was about covering partisan politics.

Tiffany White of the Dirksen Congressional Center discussed the importance of media relationships with politicians.

“Local reporting offers the opportunity to local citizens to connect the very difficult job of making decisions and legislating to people in their own community,” White said.

The panel also discussed a lack of resources for news sources and how that’s affected reporting as a whole.

“You watch our local news broadcast and their covering minor miniscule stories, it’s because of the decimation of local news operations,” Institute for Principles Leadership Brad McMillian said.

Discussions also included how to report information without bias, weed through misinformation, and increase diversity in news.

“We just have to keep swinging in there and trying to make sure that people understand that we’re the ones who are out there holding the governments accountable,” Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune said.

The convention ended with the presentation of a scholarship to a young journalist.

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