Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ryan Denham, Jeff Burnett, Josh Morgan, Brooke Brighton, INBA, jelly beans

Today is the last day of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association conference in East Peoria, and I've had such a great time, I want to go to the next conference in the fall. A lot of people assume it's for newbies, but I have learned so much and feel really energized and motivated to keep doing stuff and staying on track.

  • One person who totally made the conference worth the trip is Ryan Denham, Digital Content Director at WGLT Radio. He did an amazing presentation about creating compelling digital stories. Every single person who creates digital content, not just news people, could apply what he talked about. Actually, when I asked a seasoned pro why more people don't join the INBA, he said it's because they say they already know what's needed. It was clear that what Ryan was talking about is not practiced by those pros, and he really should be speaking to all kinds of content-creating groups. He also deservingly [don't know if that's a legitimate word] won a couple AP awards.

WGLT's ​Ryan Denham and News Director Charlie Schlenker
btw--WGLT is at Illinois State University in Normal. 
  • Also, what's happening right now (I'm obnoxiously typing during a conference session) is that WEEK-TV (in Peoria) producer Jeff Burnett (who's also on the air at WBWN Radio and is also one of my supportive podcast listeners) is speaking about working in small markets. There are actually people who don't care about going to Chicago, or they end up not caring once they find their niche in a smaller market. He's presenting with WREX (in Rockford) News Director Josh Morgan and WMBD-WYZZ Meteorologist Brooke Brighton (who weirdly didn't show up in the photo, but I don't have time to solve that problem).
Jeff Burnett and Josh Morgan
Now back to my offline life, though I won't be eating jelly beans despite it being National Jelly Bean Day.

A modest selection to represent today.

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