As award season continues, the Western Illinois University Department of Broadcasting and Journalism won five awards at the annual Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) April 10.

Devin Brooks

Leatherneck Insider won first place in Outstanding Sports Television Program, while NEWS3 won second place in Outstanding Television Newscast. Devin Brooks, a senior broadcasting and journalism major, from St. Louis, MO, won first place in Outstanding Television News Reporting and Outstanding Television Sports Reporting. RJ Larson, a senior sports broadcasting major, from Burlington, WI, won second place for Outstanding Radio Sports Reporting.

NEWS3 staffer Yolotzin Franco, a senior broadcasting major from Carpentersville, IL, earned the Larry Wilson Scholarship. Franco was one of four students awarded one of INBA’s largest scholarships with a $2,200 award. Brooks was honored as a finalist for the scholarship, after winning an INBA scholarship the previous three years. Finalists were selected based on the quality of their work, financial need and academic performance.

The INBA has a mission to provide education and support for working news broadcasters.

NEWS3 is the student-run television station at WIU, and Leatherneck Insider is a television series run by the sports broadcasting department. Both are located within the University’s Department of Broadcasting and Journalism.

For more information about WIU’s Department of Broadcasting and Journalism, visit wiu.edu/BCJ.

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