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January 2017

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Pulliam internship applications open to papers and students B efore anything else and above anything else, we are relational creatures. Today, even in this digital era where social media drives many aspects of our lives, that phrase still holds true. In sales, social media offers a unique opportunity to connect with our customers, and potential cus- tomers. With a small investment of time, a sales rep can end the era of the cold call and maximize their use of social media. Through a quick Google and LinkedIN search, you can quickly have a wealth of infor- mation about the company and key people you need to do business with. Learn the basics online so your offline connections are richer. Here are some tips to using social media to enhance your sales conversations: Attacks: Public notice advertising continues to come under fire from lawmakers. Page 4 Silos: The greatest threat to our democracy may be our own prefer- ences. Page 2 Hey, can they do that? Steve Key an- swers your legal ques- tions. Page 3 INSIDE Publisher The Indiana Volume 82, Issue 1 • January 11, 2017 Published on second Thursday monthly T his week, Indiana newspapers, univer- sities and colleges received informa- tion on Hoosier State Press Association Foundation's Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program for 2017. More than 100 journalism students, over a decade, have been placed in Indiana newspapers for 10-week summer internship. The students receive a $3,300 grant for their work–either as reporters, photographers, graphic design, or digi- tal work. Newspapers interested in having an intern for this summer will need to apply by Feb. 24. That's the same deadline for students to complete their application process, which is done online. If a newspaper already has identified a student it hopes to bring into the paper this summer, it should list the student's name in the application. If the selection committee (editors of the papers who had interns in 2016) selects that student, the Foundation will honor the request for placement unless the newspaper is ineligible for an intern due to the fact it had an intern in 2016. The Foundation strives to make the internship Use social media to sell and build relationships See Freedom, Page 4 T he Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) expects legislation to be filed that would eliminate the publication require- ment for the annual school performance report. The elimination was recommended by the Data Reporting Committee of the Indiana State Board of Education. The rationale for the change was limited to one sentence: "Publication is expensive and the report is largely unusable in that for- mat." Rather than publication, the performance report would be published on the Department of Education website and each school's website. "Merely posting the reports on the DOE and school district websites would effectively hide the information in plain sight," said Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel. A 2014 survey conducted by American Opinion Research showed that 3.8 million adult Hoosiers read at least one newspaper a week. The survey found that 85 percent of adult Hoosiers support the idea of published public notice advertising. Even when it's pointed out that such adver- tising costs may cost government units several thousands of dollars a year, 64 percent still said government units should publish these notices. "There are no representatives for the public on the Data Reporting Committee, only 10 represen- tatives from the education field," Key said. "Unfortunately, many government officials look at public notice in terms of how it impacts them, not the benefit to the public to be informed," Key said. "This unfortunate attitude was best summed up by a Lake County school superintendent who told a publisher that 'the only thing that happens when we publish public notices is that people come to our meetings and give us crap about what we're doing'." As of Jan. 11, the HSPA does not have a bill number that includes the DOE recommenda- tion to eliminate publication of the performance report. The published report goes back to the time of President George W. Bush who lauded the government transparency of the annual school performance report and its publication in local newspapers. Key said the readership of the report was evidenced by the fact realtors indicated prop- erty values were impacted in Hamilton County because home buyers were using the information in determining which neighborhoods they wanted to live so their children could attend higher per- forming elementary schools. HSPA has indicated its concern with this rec- ommendation to the committee chairmen of the Senate and House education committees – Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, and Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis. Recommendation hides school performance Expense cited as reason for legislature to mandate reports online only By Pete Van Baalen Fort Wayne Newspapers See Social, Page 3 C ollegiate and high school journalism students banded together to support legislation that protects them against unfair censorship and punishment for report- ing on political, social and educational issues. H.B. 1130 was filed in the Indiana General Assembly by Reps. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, and Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis. Rep. Clere is a former newspaper reporter and high school newspaper editor. Rep. Delaney has represented reporters and journalistic organi- zations as an attorney. The bill is being supported by the Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA) and Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA). They have identified a group of students who will advocate in the Statehouse for passage of H.B. 1130. While freedom of speech and press are parts of the 1 st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Indiana Constitution, educational leaders have depended upon the 1988 U.S. Supreme Court decision in See APRA, Page 4 T he Indiana Court of Appeals reserved the right of the judiciary to apply the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) on the Governor's office. The three-judge panel did not buy the argu- ment made by Gov. Pence's attorneys that the separation of powers doctrine precluded the courts from making a ruling on whether the gov- ernor's denial of a records request was proper under APRA. The case (Groth v. Pence) stems from a December 2014 decision by Gov. Pence to have Indiana join a lawsuit initiated by the state of Texas against President Barrack Obama to fight certain presidential orders concerning immigra- tion. Indianapolis Attorney Bill Groth submitted a public records request for records connected to that decision. The governor's office responded with 50 pages of records, some redacted, and denied access to a "white paper" Texas provided to Indiana prior to the decision. Despite a negative opinion from Public Access Counselor Luke Britt, Groth filed an APRA lawsuit against the governor in Marion Court preserves power to review records denial See Pulliam, Page 3 Pete Van Baalen Student press freedom bill filed in legislature

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