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2016 Indiana General Assembly Wrap-up

Public Access

The top focus for the Hoosier State Press Association during the 2016 Indiana General Assembly was H.E.A. 1019, which establishes the rules for public access to police cruiser and body camera video.

Rarely does anyone get everything they want in legislation, and that was the case with the police camera bill this session.

Both the House and Senate passed H.E.A. 1019 unanimously. It isn’t a perfect bill from HSPA’s viewpoint, but is an improvement over current law, according to Steve Key, executive director and general counsel.

“The bill still gives law enforcement the ability to deny all requests from the public or media, but creates a mechanism where that denial may be challenged in court,” Key said. “If that happens, the burden will be on the police agency to convince the judge that the video requested should be kept confidential.” Read more »

Bring spring training to ad staff meetings

By Pete Van Baalen
Indiana Newspaper Advertising Executives Association

As hard as I try, I just can’t avoid sports analogies when I talk about business.

Since I’m such a big baseball fan, those metaphors tend to be based on the diamond.

Every spring I head to Florida to catch some sun, a couple beers and as many spring training baseball games I can squeeze in over a few days off. Read more »

CNHI honors News and Tribune

The News and Tribune (Jeffersonville) was again CNHI’s News­paper of the Year in its division, the fourth time since 2010 the paper based in Clark and Floyd counties has won the honor.

The news organization took five first-place or runner-up awards in the annual contest, including a first place for best video – “Facing Homelessness.” No other paper in the division took home more than two awards. Read more »

Veteran photographer moves on

After 23 years at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, photojournalist Ellie Bogue has left the newspaper industry.

In honor of her news career, the News-Sentinel posted a collection some of Bogue’s work at

One image depicts a firefighter inside a charred home passing a toddler through a broken window into the arms of another rescue worker as the child clutches the firefighter’s helmet. Read more »

Pharos-Tribune adds reporter

Kim Dunlap joined the newsroom staff of the Pharos-Tribune (Logans­port).

The Kokomo native is a recent graduate of IUPUI, where she covered numerous sporting events for college media including the Indiana Pacers’ 2015-2016 season and the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four contests.

Dunlap earned a degree in journalism with a concentration in sports and has been a freelance photographer for more than two years, covering mainly youth sports. Read more »