Get free Indy 500 coverage


HSPA-member newspapers can access free Indianapolis 500 stories and photos by logging in to the association’s InfoNet content-sharing service.

The content will be supplied by a Student News Bureau partnership between the IU National Sports Journalism Center and IndyCar.

Students in the news bureau will write stories, blog, photograph and develop multi-media packages for commercial publications across Indiana and the nation.

The news bureau will operate from Wednesday, May 25, to Sunday, May 29. Content will be available to Indiana newspapers at

The bureau will include six student reporters from the master’s in sports journalism program in the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI. It also will include an undergraduate photographer from the IU School of Journalism in Bloomington.

They will work under the direction of IU journalism faculty and staff.

HSPA will make the students’ work available to its member news organizations and to other press associations across the country via InfoNet.

HSPA and HSPA Foundation see the partnership as a great benefit to both students and member newspapers, said Karen Braeckel, Foundation director.

“The opportunity to cover major national sporting events right in their own community provides these young journalists an unparalleled experience,” Braeckel said. “And the majority of our member newspapers cannot send their own reporters to Indianapolis to cover NCAA championships or the Indy 500. The Student News Bureau gives editors access to stories they would not have otherwise.”