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Time to file, publish, and copy to HSPA your USPS Statements of Ownership

mailman-bwCompleting your statement of ownership is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

The deadline for filing your Periodicals Class Statement of Ownership, Form 3526, with the Post Office is Oct. 1. You may obtain the necessary form from your local post office or from the United States Postal Service’s Web site ( or Google “Statement of Ownership” and you’ll find the form as a choice.

You file the completed form with your local post office where the original point of entry for your newspaper exists. If you have multiple newspapers, they should have separate periodical mail permits with different points of entry, so don’t forget to file each separately with the proper post office. (This doesn’t apply to zoned editions of the same newspaper. Read more »

“A Democracy’s Primer” Launched

adp_logo_4cThe first article has been distributed by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation in conjunction with the Indiana Bar Foundation as part of a civic education project called “A Democracy’s Primer.”

The information is for suggested use on op-ed pages. The HSPA Foundation and Indiana Bar Foundation will distribute additional articles–two more before Election Day, and additional articles both before the start of the January General Assembly session. Read more »

Use Digital Tools to Enhance Solid Reporting

TitleMeeting reader’s needs requires editors and reporters to multitask as challenges are ratcheted up in today’s digital newsroom. Everyone is expected to be adept across the spectrum of news gathering – writing breaking news for the web and a more complete story for the print edition, taking and posting photo or video on the web, tweeting about a sports event or city council meeting, updating your Facebook page. I characterize it as organized chaos. Read more »

Indiana’s First Paper Published in Vincennes

Richard Day demonstrates how Indiana's first newspaper was printed in the Elihu Stout Print Shop at the Vincennes State Historic Sites. Photo: Jess Cohen

Richard Day demonstrates how Indiana’s first newspaper was printed in the Elihu Stout Print Shop at the Vincennes State Historic Sites. Photo: Jess Cohen

Over 200 years ago, when Vincennes was a small prairie borough just beginning to blossom, a man named Elihu Stout came to town and made history. That year, in 1804, this fledgling frontier settlement of the Indiana Territory governed by William Henry Harrison was in dire need of a printer who could publish the territorial and federal laws as well as legal advertisements. Harrison had to send the first batch of laws down to Kentucky to be printed, local historian Richard Day said, and the governor was offering $500 a year to any printer who would establish a shop in Vincennes and get a newspaper up and running.
Despite his young age, Stout, a 22-year-old New Jersey native and journeyman printer, was proficient with a press and managed to convince Harrison that he was the right man for the job. Read more »