Annual Conference 2015

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

HSPA Foundation Golf Outing

The annual golf outing benefiting HSPA Foundation will be held Sept. 17 in conjunction with the Annual Conference, but attendees can go to just one or both events. CLICK HERE for details.

Submit your event idea

HSPA will showcase newspapers' revenue-generating event ideas in a how-to booklet. CLICK HERE to feature your event.

Ads promote readership survey

Click here to download ads.

Click here to download ads.

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 »

The Indiana Publisher – August 2015

The Indiana Publisher – July 2015

Click above for The Indiana Publisher

The August edition of HSPA’s member publication includes details on free-use stories about electronic access to public records, U.S. mail delivery affecting newspaper subscriptions, the 2015 Civic Health Index, and more.

Print copies will arrive in the coming days.

Click here to read the online edition.

Q&A: Cost of public notice advertising

From an Indianapolis corporate chairman:

Q: Should a public notice advertisement be the same price in two newspapers if the ads are identical?
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Q&A: ID not needed to see public records

From a citizen interested in Allen County, Indiana:

Q: The Allen County Sheriff’s office said I have to produce identification “to confirm my identity” to access public records. I asked the Allen County Sheriff’s attorney, J. Spencer Feighner, what the statute is that requires a photo ID to access a public record and the statute that requires a requester of record to confirm their identity, both of which have been required by this law enforcement agency.

A reporter has viewed the records I want to see on a computer screen at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office; therefore the records are not confidential. I’ve asked to be provided copies of public records via email. Feighner asserts that requests to review records are typically made in person.  Read more »

Q&A: Sales disclosure forms

From the Crothersville Times:

Q: Are sales disclosure forms for property transfers public records that should be available to the public for inspection and copying? Read more »