Annual Conference registration

Don't miss the HSPA & Foundation Annual Conference + golf outing Sept. 25-26, 2014, in downtown Indianapolis. Register by Aug. 21 for the best rates and a spot in the HSPA hotel block at the JW Marriott. CLICK HERE to register or reserve a hotel room.

Editor has community roots

The Tribune (Seymour) has named a new editor.

Aubrey Woods of Browns­town has lived and worked in the Jackson County com­munity for nearly 30 years.

Woods replaces Dan Davis, the new executive director of the Community Foundation of Jackson County. Read more »

KPC Media Group promotes staff

Barry Rochford, editor of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly since 2006, has been named managing editor of The News Sun (Kendall­ville).

Lucretia “Lucy” Carde­nas​ will become the Business Weekly editor.

The an­nounce­ment came from Terry Hous­holder, president and chief executive officer of KPC Media Group, which publishes the Business Weekly and The News Sun, along with other regional publications. Read more »

Government openness matters

By Lee H. Hamilton

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

This insight was highlighted in the report of the 9/11 Commission — on which I served — and became a key driver of the reforms instituted by the U.S. intelligence community over the past dozen years. Within the government, there are plenty of people who now understand that sharing information and using it to inform planning and debate produces better policy: rooted in facts, well-vetted, and more robust.

So it’s worrisome that today it seems harder than ever to know what our government is doing, and not just when it comes to national security. Secrecy and a widespread failure to share information both within government and with the American people remain major barriers to the effective operation of representative democracy. Read more »

Princeton welcomes publisher

Jeff Schumacher is the new publisher of The Princeton Daily Clarion and Oak­land City Journal and chief executive officer of Tri-State Media.

William J. Brehm Jr., president of the com­pany’s parent corporation, Brehm Communications Inc., recently introduced Schumacher to staff.

He comes to Gibson County from Waynesville, North Carolina, where he served as general mana­ger of Mountaineer Pub­lishing Co.  Read more »