Annual Conference 2015

Mark your calendars to be in Indy Sept. 17-18. CLICK HERE for details on the Annual Conference.

Road Show for Reporters

Up-and-coming reporters will improve skills in writing leads and nut graphs, finding enterprise stories and more. CLICK HERE to register for the June 18 event.

Ads promote readership survey

Click here to download ads.

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The HSPA Board of directors offers a second round of ads promoting public notices in Indiana.

The advertising series aims to promote public notices as a necessity for government transparency and the value of newspapers.

The latest ads promote statistics gleaned from a 2014 survey of Hoosiers on newspaper readership, public notices and voting habits conducted by American Opinion Research. HSPA distributed them to publishers via email.

Downloads available

To download the new ads as interactive PDF’s, click here.

To download a compressed file with an InDesign document and art, click here.

Newspapers received the survey results last year. To download them, click here or call HSPA at (317) 803-4772. Read more »

USPS walks back rate increase

The Postal Regulatory Commission approved the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed rate increase for Standard Mail and Periodicals, which takes effect on May 31.

The commission’s ap­proval of the rates comes after it denied pre­vious Postal Service proposals filed in January and March.

The regulatory agency sent those proposals back to the Postal Service because discounts for commercial and non-profit mail were not “equal” as required by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2005, and the rates contained numerous other errors, according to the Newspaper Association of America.

When the Postal Service responded on March 12 to the first remand of its January rate proposals, newspapers were surprised that the new proposal would have significantly increased the rates for Total Market Coverage products that are mailed at High Density Plus rates.

The Postal Service proposed a 5.75 percent increase in the per-piece charge for flats packages weighing over 3.3 ounces. Depending on the carrier route, newspapers’ TMC packages typically weigh above 3.3 ounces.

In response to this dramatic increase on heavier weight TMCs, the Newspaper Association of America contacted Postal Service officials to express concerns and remind them that, in 2014, USPS lowered rates for High Density Plus mail by 11 percent in an effort to encourage newspapers to keep TMCs in the nation’s postal system and not shift to private delivery.

Postal officials complied, and on April 16, officials submitted revised rates with a below rate-of-inflation 1.2 percent increase.

Pulliam interns begin training for summer

By Karen T. Braeckel
HSPA Foundation

In Indy we frequently associate May with racing.

But while cars run around the oval, Indiana newspapers recognize other signs of mid-spring.

Eugene S. Pulliam Interns report to their assigned newspapers, ad directors beat the bushes for the best ads created during the contest period, and editors anxiously await any Better Newspaper Contest rule changes.

The Foundation keeps its foot on the throttle. Read more »

Sports Hall of Fame honors men

Five journalists recently were inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s 20th Hall of Fame class.

The inductees are Bill Beck of The Elkhart Truth, Bob Jenkins of ESPN and the IMS Radio Network, Mark Morrow of The Indianapolis Star and News and now the Noblesville Times, Blake Sebring of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel and Jason Whitlock of ESPN, according to the association.

Beck is in his 26th year with The Elkhart Truth, having served as the newspaper’s sports editor since 1999. He joined the staff at his hometown paper as a correspondent in 1980 and has been a fixture in Michiana sporting events since. Read more »

Committee finalizing conference speakers

A variety of trending newspaper industry topics will be represented at the HSPA and Foundation Annual Conference this fall.

If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for the Sept. 17-18 event in Indianapolis.

Sessions will appeal to publishers, newspaper executives and managers, editors, advertising managers and sales staffs, and audience development leadership.

Watch your mailbox and inbox for registration materials. Read more »