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INSIDE Publisher The Indiana Volume 83, Issue 7 • July 2018 Published on second Thursday monthly Pete Van Baalen: Screen health concerns could help newspapers, page 3 Key Points: Study outlines impact of newspa- per closures on public finances, page 4 Hotline: Check copyright status before using internet images, page 5 August hearing scheduled for proposed IDEM rule change Legislative Update A hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 to consider an Indiana Department of Environ- mental Management rule change that would eliminate the requirement to publish air quality notices in newspapers. The meeting will be at the Indiana Government Center South, 10 N. Senate Ave., Conference Center Room A, in Indianapolis. More information is available at iac/20180613-IR-326170395CHA. xml.html. "Hoosier State Press Association will be at the hearing to oppose a plan that takes the notices out of the hands of Hoosiers who are directly impacted by these permits to pollute and hides them on a website that few Hoosiers will ever see,"said Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for HSPA. "The rule is tentatively scheduled for preliminary adoption before the Environmental Rules Board," IDEM Public Information Officer Barry Sneed said in an email. If adopted, IDEM would publish notice of air permits on its website, not in newspapers. The second public comment period on the change ended May 18 with 54 of 56 expressing support for keeping the current requirement for posting the public notices in newspapers. "All comments received at second notice will be summarized and responded to as a part of the packet the board receives," Sneed said. "The board packet is made A bronze sculpture of journalist Ernie Pyle is stationed at the entrance to the Indiana University Media School in Bloomington. This August will mark the inaugural National Ernie Pyle Day honoring the Hoosier war correspondent. Events will take place on Aug. 3 and 9 at IU where he attended college and in Pyle's hometown of Dana, Indiana. For more information, see page 2. Indiana Daily Student file photo. Eliminating required newspaper publication of air permits to be discussed Maria Curi Politico Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are increasingly working on finding relief for the newspaper industry, which has been hit hard by tariffs imposed on Canadian ground- wood paper imports by the Trump administration. On July 17, 16 congressional lawmakers testified against the levies during the final phase hearing before the International Trade Commission. For months, the newspaper industry has felt the harsh effects of recently enacted tariffs, which it says has resulted in an increase in newsprint costs of about 30 percent. "Newspapers and publishers look forward to the hearing," said Paul Boyle, senior vice president and public policy expert at the News Media Alliance before the hearing. NMA represents almost 2,000 publications across the country. "The ITC will hear testimony about the significant harms that these tariffs are causing for the U.S. economy, contrary to the intent of the trade laws." The comments come on top of the letters that have been written in opposition. More than 50 members of Congress have written to both the Commerce Department or the ITC, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Earlier this year, the Com- merce Department set duties ranging from about 4.5 percent to 22 percent on Canadian imports of groundwood paper, which were valued at about $1.27 billion in 2016. The levies have severely crimped the newspaper industry, which have also called for relief. "Tariffs on newsprint increase our operating costs at a time when the local news industry is See Tariffs, page 8 Congress steps up efforts to reverse newsprint tariffs See IDEM, page 7 Registration open for Sept. 14 advertising conference in Indy Ryan Dohrn, the founder of media sales strategy firm Brain Swell Media and the creator of the 360 Ad Sales System, will be the featured presenter at the 2018 HSPA Advertising Conference on Sept. 14. The annual awards gala will top off the one-day event at the Indianapolis Marriott North. For more information and to register, visit, conference/. Dohrn

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