Annual Conference 2015

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

Golf Outing

The annual golf outing 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 »

Free coverage of Black Expo available

Eleven journalism students from Ball State University will operate a news agency at Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration starting July 9.

All content – text, photos and videos – are available for free use by any news organization.

Coverage will start with advance stories available July 3 and continue through the end of the event July 19.

Editors can access the content at http://bsuibe.weebly.com. Read more »

MAP to place notices for Alcohol & Tobacco Commission

HSPA’s advertising service, Midwest Advertising Placements, will begin distributing public notice advertising placed by the state’s Alcohol & Tobacco Commission in July.

Newspapers’ advertising and billing personnel should treat these orders like other advertising placed by MAP. The placement order will come from MAP, and newspapers’ invoice and tearsheet should be returned to MAP, not the ATC.

This is public notice advertising, so the maximum rate newspapers can charge is set by the Indiana legislature. MAP will not request any 5 percent advertising holdback as it does for advertising placed by other clients. Newspapers will receive the same revenue you have already received from these placements. Read more »

Q&A: Getting records from non-public agency

From South Bend Tribune:

Q: I am trying to acquire a list of the property owners in a swath of land in northern Indiana that gas and electric company NIPSCO is in the process of buying and having condemned through eminent domain for an easement to build a controversial power transmission line.

NIPSCO says such a list is not a public record. This is a private company but regulated by a governmental agency. It seems to me the list of land the utility is targeting should be public beyond just what I’ve been able to find as they’ve started to file condemnation suits in the various state courts. Any advice? Read more »

Q&A: Proof of publication for public notices

From Post-Tribune (Crown Point):

Q: Are newspapers obligated to provide physical newspaper clippings of public notices as a part of our proof of publication or does a copy (proof) of the ad suffice? Read more »