Through iNRB, Christian College Students Explore the World of Broadcasting

NRB | March 21, 2024 | NRB News

The Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) is an opportunity for Christian colleges and university students to experience NRB’s commitment to advancing excellence and integrity in Christian media and benefit from opportunities to form key professional relationships. Among the many benefits to college students who enjoy iNRB are a free Convention registration and access to all Convention sessions and the Exhibit Hall.

iNRB events at the 2024 NRB Convention kicked off on Monday evening, Feb. 19, with the iNRB Meet and Greet. Participating iNRB college students and faculty connected with one another over their communications interests while enjoying refreshments. They also learned about the role of NRB in Christian media directly from NRB President & CEO Troy A. Miller.

On Tuesday morning, Feb. 20, faculty and students who participated in the 12-hour TV News Challenge, 12-hour Radio Challenge, and 24-hour Film Challenge met at the Challenge Kickoff event for breakfast, fellowship, and a time of instruction before heading out to create their projects. Simon Tarr from Regent University spoke to the students at the event.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, students and their faculty from iNRB schools came together for the iNRB Awards Program where the winners of the 12- and 24-hour Challenges were announced, as attendees viewed clips of the pieces students produced. Student productions were judged on merit by NRB members and working professionals in each respective field of TV, radio, and film. Focus on the Family’s Executive Director Rob Kirkpatrick also spoke to the students about the importance of Christian media.

Each team member from the first, second, and third place teams received a certificate, and first place teams will receive an award for their school’s trophy case with student names engraved.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, iNRB participants enjoyed educational sessions, in which iNRB students heard from NRB members and media professionals who shared insight into the communications craft. Session speakers included John Ondo from Ondo Media; Thomas Hughes, Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution Strategy and Global Partnerships at Angel Studios; and Emily Thevarajoo, Digital Content Director from KCBI FM in Dallas. NRB Chairman Jim Sanders of Ambassador Advertising also spoke to the students before the educational sessions. Later in the day, the iNRB Professional Connection Center provided a place for students to meet like-minded peers and faculty in Christian media and receive encouragement, internship suggestions, or meet prospective employers.

TV News: iNRB 12-Hour Challenge
1st – Carmen Taffi and Victoria Watson (Louisiana Christian University)

Radio: iNRB 12-Hour Challenge
1st – Riley Cohen, Michael Poliero, and Morgan Sowell (Liberty University)
2nd – Lexi Hubbard and Korey Kincade (Louisiana Christian University)

Film: iNRB 24-Hour Challenge
1st – Enoch Albert, Andrew Barnes, Nathan Barnes-Velez, and Jireh Volmar (Bob Jones University)
2nd (tie) – Lauren Gilmeister, Mikayla Watson, Samuel Gonzalez, and Marcus Carola (Regent University)
2nd (tie) – Caleb Cole, Camdyn Fehr, Olivia Huffman, and Cayden Walls (Louisiana Christian University)
3rd – Debbie Bjur, Claire Gotcher, Emilee Johnson, and Megan Winnberg (Bob Jones University)

Regent University and Ambassador Advertising sponsored the 2024 iNRB events.

About iNRB

The Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) offers a dedicated forum at the NRB International Christian Media Convention for college students with interests in broadcasting, journalism, and communications. iNRB provides opportunities for college students to practice, polish, and refine their media skills alongside peers to help prepare them for work in various media industries. To learn more about iNRB, click here.

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