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Annual Conference: The future is now

The HSPA and Foundation Annual Conference promises a trove of information and hobnobbing for Indiana newspaper professionals.

Mark your calendars for the yearly meeting of media minds, designed to offer industry ideas and opportunities for increasing revenue and collaborating.

The event Sept. 25-26 will bring together the state’s newspaper publishers, executives and advertising and circulation staffs at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

Register by Aug. 21 for early-bird rates. Registration is available online here or via brochures newspapers received by mail. Read more »

Q&A: Will budgets be published in 2016?

From the Parke County Sentinel (Rockville):

Q: A township trustee said that the township’s 2016 budget will not have to be published in newspapers. Is that correct? Read more »

Q&A: How long to keep reporter notes?

From The Herald-Bulletin (Anderson):

Q: We’re reviewing our policy on keeping/destroying reporters’ notes. From a legal standpoint, what would you suggest? Read more »

Q&A: Are executive sessions confidential?

The following questions came from the South Bend Tribune:

Q: South Bend’s school board is set to appoint a new member to replace someone who quit with two years left in his term. Last week, two members of the board told me they do not like the person the majority of the board chose in executive session for a variety of reasons.

Now I hear that a member of the majority may make a motion tonight to censure the two who talked to me for divulging information from an executive session. While they didn’t tell me the appointee’s name for the record, they did talk about the fact that the majority focused on wanting someone with a business, rather than educational, background, etc.

In Indiana, is it illegal for a board member to divulge information from an executive session? Read more »

Munster paper adds pay wall

The Times Media Co. is making changes to its website to require a subscrip­tion for full access to online content.

The move recognizes the growing importance of digital news platforms such as tablets and smartphones, while maintaining the Munster newspaper’s tradition of providing highly relevant local news to readers, said Times Publisher Chris White.

“People are counting on us not only to be the best news source for everything that happened yesterday, but also to be providing breaking news on a 24-hour basis,” White said. Read more »