Student Opportunitites

IBA congratulates the 2017 Student Silver Dome Winners along with the finalists.  Awards were presented on October 6, 2017 as part of the IBA-University Luncheon, held on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

A complete list of award winners and finalists is available below.





"One of the most common questions I get from young aspiring journalists is… “how did you get in to the business?”  My answer inevitably comes around to that one internship… the internship through the Illinois Broadcasters Association.  I took off a whole semester from U of I and interned full-time in the newsroom at WBBM-TV, Ch2, in Chicago.  But it wasn’t just working in the newsroom.  I was working for the one and only Walter Jacobson, dean of political commentary in Chicago!  Was it scary?  You bet!  Did I gain the confidence and determination to go out and get a job in television news afterwards?  Absolutely!  By the way, without the IBA program, I’m not sure I would’ve gotten the much-sought-after intern position with Walter.  And let me tell you, if you can survive Walter (sorting through his daily news tips by the hundreds and going out on an all night undercover shoot as an intern)… you can survive in this business!  All internships, like jobs, are what you make of it.  The IBA program will give you a wonderful opportunity to get to the starting line.  Now, it’s up to you to separate yourself from the crowd and finish the race!"

Judy Hsu
Anchor, "ABC-7 News This Morning", Chicago

"I interned at WREX-TV 13 in Rockford, in the fall of 1992. At the time it was an ABC affiliate.  I nervously left my first  semester of my senior year at the University of Illinois, and rented an apartment in Rockford. I would have never been able to afford that apartment if it weren’t for the MIP. Throughout college, I received zero financial assistance from my family. My father was unemployed and my mother worked at a cafeteria. I got by on scholarships awarded for good grades, and part-time jobs I picked up along my journey. There were two people at that station who changed my life. Dennis Horton, the news director who took me on as an intern. And Mike Robinson, the main anchor and eventual news director who would offer me my first job immediately after I finished said internship, a full a school year before I would finish earning my degree.

At WREX, I shot, edited and wrote my own stories. Back then the gear was heavy – I carried a camera on one shoulder and a large 3/4 inch tape deck on the other. On weekends, I did the weather. We had no computers. Scripts had to be typed. My experience here was invaluable because I learned how to do everything, and to this day, even as a -veteran- network correspondent,  I can still edit. And I know good or bad editing or shooting when I see it."

Steve Osunsami
Correspondent, ABC New


I was very fortunate to be awarded an internship grant from the Illinois Broadcasters Association for the summer of 1990, as part of their Minority Internship Program.  I am eternally grateful to Gene Dybvig for convincing me to spend three months working in the sports department at WGN Radio in Chicago, instead of at a television station.  Without question, this opportunity cemented my passion and propelled me into a career in broadcast journalism.  I gained invaluable experience as a writer, producer, and reporter under the direction of industry greats such as Chuck Swirsky, Wayne Larivee, and Randy Minkoff.  The lessons I learned working in the studio and covering the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Bears still resonate with me 23 years later.  It is a joy to know that the MIP has evolved into the Multicultural Internship Program.  I truly hope that other aspiring journalists are being inspired and more importantly, prepared through this tremendous initiative by the IBA.”

Ryan Baker
Lead sports anchor, CBS-2, Chicago




"Deciding late in my education to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism meant that I had missed out on several opportunities to intern in my chosen field.  Thankfully, it wasn't too late to apply for and be awarded an IBA Minority Internship my Senior year.  Those few months spent in Quincy, IL at the NBC affiliated WGEM News Channel 10 helped to build the foundation of my career.  It was there that I got my first real world experience in reporting and producing.  It was during this time that I learned how to go into the the field each day and come back with a story for air.  Here, in a little town across the the Mississippi River from Mark Twain's birthplace I wrote the first chapter of my adventure in journalism.  Since then, I've reported from the wild tribal areas of Pakistan for CNN, uncovered corruption and fraud for an award-winning investigative unit and covered everything from politics and government to health and the environment for PBS.  It's been a fascinating journey - one that began unforgettably with the Illinois Broadcasters Association."

Ash-har Quraishi
Chicago Correpondent for Al Jazeera America
 Former Islamabad Bureau Chief, CNN


Learning to Deliver the News

SIU teams up with the IBA and IBF to create tomorrow's broadcasters and movie producers today!  SIUC hosts camps each summer for high school juniors and seniors wishing to explore a career in either news or movie production.  

Fifteen students come together from schools throughout Illinois for a chance to write, produce, direct and star in the evening news from the studio of WSIU-TV.  They learn to write stories by conducting interviews at activities going on in Southern Illinois.  Other students learn to operate the camera and capture the story as it unfolds during the interview.  Student videographers also capture footage that will be used with the interview to create a TV package that will air on the newscast.  Each students gets to experience the news from the writing desk, out in the field, sitting in the edit booth, behind the camera, or in front of the camera as a news anchor.

This five day camp requires a small registration fee and all other expenses are covered in thanks to a generous grant fromt he Illinois Broadcasters Foundation and with support from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. For more information, contact SIU Summer Camps or the College of Mass Media and Communication Arts.

Girls Making Movies

Girls from Illinois high schools get the chance to make their own movie on the campus of SIU.  Armed with an idea and a camera, these high school girls set out to explore a career in movie making.  Under the guidance of SIU graduate students, girls learn to write their own story boards, shoot video, edit the video, and put it all together into their very first movie production.  

The camp is limited to fifiteen girls and as in the News Camp, girls are responsible for a small registration fee.  The balance of the expenses are paid for by a grant fromt he IBF with support from the IBA.




The Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Multicultural Internship Program is a model for broadcasters nationally to follow.  Since its inception, IBA has nurtured a diverse group of future Illinois broadcasters, offering them unprecedented opportunities to work and grow with some of the most dedicated professionals in broadcasting. IBA MIP interns have worked at radio and television stations from Chicago to the tip of southern Illinois.  The experiences they report and the successes they achieve reflect the time and resources IBA has committed to the Multicultural Internship Program.

Students selected for IBA internships are the cream of the crop. They are chosen by their schools as applicants in a highly competitive process that ultimately whittles down a pool of quality candidates to just a half-dozen or so finalists for paid summer internships.  Candidates come from state universities and colleges with membership on IBA’s Academics Committee. Applications are reviewed by IBA's MIP coordinator, a broadcaster and broadcast educator, who interviews applicants at their schools and visits them on site during the internship.  MIP interns receive a stipend through the sponsor station to help underwrite their experience, and they are required to spend up to 40-hours a week “on the job.”  The MIP coordinator keeps close tabs on the interns progress, debriefs the interns at the conclusion of their internships and serves as a mentor before, during and even after the internship.

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