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B eginning on Monday, Oct. 9, The News-Sentinel saw some significant changes but still aims to deliver the same quality journalism it has in the past, and there will be a dedicated focus to finding different ways to report the news and tell the stories of the resi- dents of Allen County. While daily delivery of the after- noon newspaper is discontinued, News-Sentinel readers will still be able to receive the same conservative views in editorials and commentaries as well as storytelling and enterprise investigative journalism, but with a renewed focus on the online product. In addition to this online focus, print subscribers will still be able to receive a more condensed version of The News-Sentinel Monday through Saturday within the pages of The Journal Gazette. The News-Sentinel has been de- voted to delivering the stories its read- ers expect on our website for quite some time. We have offered longform story presentations such as our cele- bration of IPFW's 50th anniversary and the University of Saint Francis turning 125 and our look back at the 1913 Flood of the Century. Those projects were accomplished only because we had the right mix of talented and experienced journalists and visual and digital risk-takers with- in the newsroom. We plan to offer even more every day as the news-sen- team moves forward. There will be a renewed effort in telling the stories of Allen County residents. We will attempt to cover the stories that matter to our com- munity. We will monitor web traf- fic daily to see what stories matter to those who read The News-Senti- nel and make attempts to reach out I n September, The Indiana Department of Environmental Management announced it might stop publish- ing notice of air permits in news- papers. Instead, the agency pro- posed posting information for the public on its website. IDEM accepted comments on the potential rule change through Oct. 6. "IDEM's justification for the change clearly shows no under- standing of the concept behind public notice advertising and is an open attack on the effective- ness of newspaper publication of public notices," said Steve Key, executive director and general counsel of the Hoosier State Press Association, in the September issue of the Indiana Publisher. The proposal prompted respons- es on media outlet opinion pages. In an editorial titled, " The public deserves proper notice, The South Bend Tribune wrote, "Hoosiers may soon be required to put some extra effort into discovering when a nearby industrial facility is seeking permission to emit air pollutants. They may be expected to root out government notices that directly impact them, rather than have that information be more accessible. More likely, they'll never see the notices at all." KPC Media Group addressed the potential rule change in an editorial titled, "Legal notices in newspapers benefit Hoosiers." The editorial said, "The idea behind public notices, also called legal notices, is to pro- vide people with the opportunity to be informed about important public issues and speak out, if they so choose. We believe public notices are most effective (i.e. reach the most people who care about the issue) when they appear in well- read local sources. KPC Media Group publishes public notices in its daily and weekly newspa- pers. The notices appear in print and also can be found online at in the e-edition." Stay tuned to and @OurRight2Know for updates as this story develops. Hey, can they do that? Steve Key answers your legal questions. Page 3 Key Points: Suing public records requesters disturbing trend Page 6 News: McCloskey new publisher of Star-Tribune Page 4 In memoriam: Harry McCawley Page 2 INSIDE Publisher The Indiana Volume 82, Issue 10 • October 2017 Published on second Thursday monthly Hoosier State Press Association Board Member Cory Bollinger of Schurz Communications, Inc., chats with keynote speaker Lee Hamilton at the conclusion of the 2017 HSPA Advertising Conference on Friday, Sept. 22 in Indianapolis. Hamilton represented Indiana's 9th District for more than 30 years and has served on numerous governmental advisory boards including the U.S. Homeland Security Council. In his talk, Hamilton called for a re-commitment to public service and investigative work in journalism. For more information on the conference, see page 8. For a complete list of winners honored for excellence in advertising work this year, visit Public notice debate continues See News-Sentinel, Page 7 IDEM's move toward discontinuing newspaper publication of notice of air permits prompts response from media outlets Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ceases daily delivery with 64-page commemorative edition, looks to future of serving readers Hoosier Times acquires Spencer Evening World Publishing group O n Monday, October 2, the Hoosier Times and Evening World Pub- lishing completed transactions for the Hoosier Times Inc.'s ac- quisition of Evening World Pub- lishing including the Spencer Evening World, Ellettsville Journal, Clay City News and Hoosier Topics. "As a family company our- selves, we are honored that SEWP, an employee-owned, highly respected media compa- ny, would choose Schurz Com- munications to acquire this well cared for local media opera- tion," said Todd Schurz, CEO of Schurz Communications, the parent company of the Hoosier Times. The Hoosier Times includes newspapers The Herald-Times in Bloomington, The Reporter- Times in Martinsville, The Mooresville-Decatur Times in Mooresville and The Times-Mail in Bedford. Spencer Evening World Pub- lishing had been owned by the Gillaspy family until 2011, when it was sold to current Spencer Evening World employees as part of an employee stock own- ership plan. "Over the past few years, we have diligently explored various options to make Spencer Eve- ning World Publishing, Inc., a sustainable company for our community," said company president Tim Lewis. "While we have made strides in that direction, it has become apparent that we needed a much larger foundation, along with the synergies that can come with it, to totally achieve this goal of sustainability. Being acquired by Hoo- sier Times, Inc. and Schurz Communications brings the much needed infrastructure and resources to the Spencer Evening World and related papers that will fortify the future of our hometown papers." "I am so very excited that we will be adding the community newspapers of Spencer, Elletts- ville, Clay City and Cloverdale to the Schurz family of newspa- pers," said Cory Bollinger, VP of Schurz Communication. "When my family was young and grow- ing we lived in Owen County and our kids attended Owen Val- ley schools. The Evening World had constant refrigerator rights as we cut out articles of interest and pictures of friends, family and our church covered in the Evening World." The papers are now printed and packaged at the Hoosier Times print facilities. "As a family company ourselves, we are honored that SEWP, an employee-owned, highly respected media company, would choose Schurz Communications to acquire this well cared for local media operation." Todd Schurz, CEO of Schurz Communications Brad Saleik Fort Wayne News-Sentinel End of one era, beginning of another Staff Reports (Bloomington) Herald-Times

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