Dean starts at IU Media School

James Shanahan has been appointed dean of the new Indiana University Media School.

Shanahan previously worked as associate dean and professor at the College of Communication at Boston University.

Shanahan will be the first dean of the Media School, which was formally created in July to combine journalism, telecommunications, communication and culture, and film. Read more »

Just IN is out

The Hoosier State Press Association supports the Pence Administration’s move to end development of its Just IN news site.

According to administration internal memos describing Just IN, it would “function as a news outlet in its own right for thousands of Hoosiers – transparent in functioning as a voice of the State of Indiana’s executive branch.” Whether intended or not, this implies a state effort to develop its own news audience, a position that would go beyond supplying press releases and would be unacceptable. Read more »

HSPA at the Statehouse

Highlights of HSPA’s efforts with the General Assembly this week:

• So far in the 2015 session, HSPA has identified more than 60 potential bills that it either supports, opposes or might want to see amended to protect a free press, public access and public notice advertising.

• The Senate Local Government Committee passed SB 288 by a vote of 6-0. The bill now has a sunset provision of five years. The bill would preserve publication of notice of budget hearing through that time. Read more »

Reporter covered sports, lifestyle

Dann Denny has retired as a reporter at the Herald-Times (Blooming­ton).

He started his career at the Herald-Times in sports and also covered sports for the Banner-Graphic (Greencastle) prior to that.

Several years into his career he switched to what was then the lifestyle beat to have fewer weekend work obligations ahead of the birth of his first daughter. Read more »