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 »

Transparency should rule body cams

By Steve Key
Hoosier State Press Association

A legislative interim committee will tackle whether the footage from police body cameras should be available to the public.

More and more law enforcement agencies are purchasing the devices, which have been touted as a means to clear up concerns over police actions in volatile situations.

It’s a question that’s been building. Rep. John Price, R-Greenwood, and Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, filed bills in this year’s legislative session asking that the question be examined.

The Interim Study Com­mittee on Government, chaired by Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, has been assigned the task.

HSPA will push for transparency with clear and limited instances where the footage could be deemed confidential. Read more »

Indy reporter’s work garners Rogers humanitarian award

An investigative reporter with The Indianapolis Star became the youngest recipient of the Will Rogers Human­itarian Award.

Marisa Kwiatkowski received the honor June 26 at the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in Indianapolis.

During its 16-year history, the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award has recognized writers whose work has positively affected readers’ lives and produced tangible benefits, said Robert L. Haught, coordinator of the award program.

Kwiatkowski, 31, covers social services issues at The Star. Read more »

Rumbach to be inducted in Hall of Fame

Seven journalists have been selected as the 50th anniversary group of inductees into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

Among the 2015 inductees is John Rumbach, editor and co-publisher of The Herald in Jasper, Indiana, and member of the HSPA Foundation Board of Directors.

“You don’t have to spend much time reading the biographies of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame members to understand what a tremendous honor it is to have been chosen for it,” Rumbach said. “I’m humbled and appreciative.”

Rumbach was selected in part for leading The Herald to the forefront of newspaper photography. Read more »

Support for rights in First Amendment gets boost in poll

Newseum Institute report

The Newseum Institute, in partnership with USA Today, released the results of its annual State of the First Amendment survey, which shows 19 percent of Americans think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees – the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

That is a marked change from the 2014 survey, when 38 percent said the First Amendment goes too far, according to the Newseum.

The latest findings echo a pattern seen in the surveys conducted in 2002 and 2003 after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, when threats to public safety and national security temporarily caused Americans to question whether First Amendment freedoms were worth the risk. Read more »