IBNA Convention Moved Back to June 27th
The Iowa Broadcast News Association Board has voted to move back the date of the annual convention from April 25th to June 27th. The move was made in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in our state.
The board had a vigorous discussion on whether to cancel the convention outright or move the date back to allow more time to see how the COVID-19 situation develops. It was decided that moving the convention back is the best course of action for now.
There was also a discussion about what this convention means to broadcasters in the state. It is a chance to meet others in this profession and celebrate our work. For me and others, it is a time to renew acquaintances with fellow broadcasters that we may only see this one time in a year.
We also understand the very serious nature of this outbreak and will not take any action that would put any members in jeopardy. We know that things can rapidly change, and we will continue to monitor what state government and health officials recommend and determine if there needs to be another change in the meeting date.
The board is moving to change plans for the convention sessions. We are looking at focusing on the issues that have been brought to light in our coverage of this unprecedented event. We will have more information coming as we shore up those plans.
The contest judging has been slowed a bit as the broadcasters in other states who are doing the judging have been busy themselves with the coronavirus coverage. Moving back the convention will give them a little more time to complete that work. This also figured into our decision to move back the date of the convention.
This change in the convention date does create a situation for our student members. We are working on a plan to release the contest information in the student categories and get them the awards if the new date of the convention does not allow them to take part.
On a final note, the IBNA board wants to thank you as broadcasters for the endless hours of work you have been doing during this outbreak. This is a time when broadcasters show their value to their communities and state. Keep up the good work and thank you for your support of the IBNA.
IBNA Executive Director
The IBNA News/Sports Contest Entry Deadline Extended
Please note: The contest deadline has been extended to February 14, 2020 5 p.m.
The Iowa Broadcast News Association Annual news/sports contest is now open for entries. We have a new website where you can enter and upload your entries.
To enter the IBNA contest, go to: https://www.rockourawards.com/
Go to the register tab and register your station and begin your entries. The website has information on questions you may have. It also has support information if you run into an issue.
The deadline to enter is February 14, 2020, 5 p.m.
IBNA Membership Renewal
IBNA memberships are also now up for renewal, but they must be renewed through the form on the IBNA website. You cannot renew membership on the contest entry website. Again: to renew your membership, you must go to the IBNA website.
To renew your membership with IBNA, go to the IBNA website at: https://ibna.org/
Go to the membership tab fill out the membership form. You can pay your membership fee through the PayPal link on the IBNA website.
The 2020 IBNA Convention is April 25, 2020 in Pella.
The 2020 IBNA Convention will be held in Pella on April 25th.
More details coming soon.