Q&A: Public notice rate or regular advertising rate?

Submitted by the North Vernon Sun and North Vernon Plain Dealer: Q: The county council wants us to publish the “Summary of Federal Findings from the Supplemental Compliance Report of the State Board of Accounts.” Apparently, this summary is done every year and is on...

Q&A: College president search

Submitted by The Indianapolis Star: Q: I’m covering Ivy Tech’s presidential search. In an executive session, the university’s presidential search committee created a list of 10 finalists for the position. They tell me that list is not a releasable public record. Is...

Q&A: Accident reports

Submitted by the Churubusco News: Q: The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department refuses to make available its traffic accident report. The sheriff says they can be purchased at www.buycrash.com. I don’t want to purchase copies, just look at the reports and make notes....

HSPA supports veto

A bill HSPA opposed throughout the 2016 legislative session – that would have allowed private university police departments to keep more records secret than public police departments – will not go into law. HSPA supports Gov. Mike Pence’s veto of House Enrolled Act...

Private colleges win, public loses

By Steve Key Hoosier State Press Association The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that private university police departments are subject to the state’s Access to Public Records Act just like any other police department. Unfortunately, the General Assembly two weeks ago...

Political advertising rules of the road

With the May primary election approaching, it’s a good time for advertising staffs to review political advertising requirements. Both federal and state law require that all newspaper political advertising include appropriate disclaimers that identify who paid for the...