Ads promote readership survey

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 touts barcodes to newspapers

By Max Heath
National Newspaper Association

Newspapers and other mailers have been getting calls from their district office of Business Mail Acceptance asking them to convert to Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcodes.

The U.S. Postal Service withdrew its rate case proposal for mandatory Full-Service IMb in 2014 after the Postal Regulatory Commission ruled it a price increase, affirming the National Newspaper Association’s op­position to making it mandatory.

But now that it is not mandatory, NNA is seeing positive developments that make it easier to rec­ommend Full-Service for its members. Read more »

Student publications count for fine arts credit

By Karen T. Braeckel
HSPA Foundation

Every once in awhile common sense wins out.

In this case it took several years to prevail, but at least it happened.

High school juniors and seniors now may count student publications for Fine Arts credit as a directed elective for the Core 40 Indiana Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

Hurray and hallelujah! Read more »

Subpoena rules better protect journalists’ e-communications

The U.S. Department of Justice released improved rules gov­erning law enforcement de­mands for testimony and news­gathering materials from members of the media.

The improvements resulted from a 10-month negotiation between the department and a coalition of news organizations led by the Newspaper Association of America, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and The Associated Press.

The new guidelines will govern subpoenas issued by the Department of Justice and all U.S. attorneys across the country and will provide significant protections for reporters nationwide. Read more »

Help your local officials publish reports on time

Please note the legal schedule for pub­lication of local government units’ annual reports in your newspapers:

Counties

Following the second regular meeting of the county commissioners, the report should be posted and published (IC 36-2-2-19). According to the state Board of Accounts, newspapers should expect those reports in February.

The annual financial report output that will meet the requirement of IC 36-2-2-19 is called Cash & Investments Combined, according to the state Board of Accounts. Read more »