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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 »

Political ads: Don’t forget to ask

By Jim Pumarlo
Newspaper consultant

Another election season is under way, and newsrooms are gearing up for campaigns that last weeks and even months.

Coverage will consume the news pages from candidate profiles and community forums to photo requests and letters to the editor. And don’t forget the steady barrage of press releases.

Step-by-step coverage of political campaigns likely prompts more than one publisher to utter: Why are we giving the candidates all this free publicity? Where are their ads?

A first response: Have you approached the candidates? Better yet, are you prepared to pitch an ad campaign? Read more »

Q&A: Obtaining expense receipts

From the Daily Reporter (Greenfield):

Q: I am having a tough time trying to get some information from the Southern Hancock school district. I have asked them for all expense receipts turned in by Superintendent Jim Halik from 2010 to present.

It came to our attention that his own school board audited him after his former secretary went to the school board and questioned some of his spending.

While she said he used the school corporation credit card to purchase personal items, the school board will not give me any expense receipts. They said he doesn’t turn in expense reports.

Can they do this? Am I asking for the wrong thing? They have had their lawyer send us a letter declining our requests for his receipts and credit card reports.  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 »