The Indiana Publisher

June 2017

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Public notice advertising guidebook published T he public notice advertising guidebook was released this week. It can be downloaded at notice. The guidebook is an active document that will grow as members make suggestions for new content and as the law changes. This resource contains documents on how to price public notice advertising, publish annual reports, details on ads for cities, towns, and counties, as well as internet publication. "The public notice advertising guidebook represents years of work, expertise and experience poured into one document," remaked HSPA execu- tive director & general counsel, Steve Key. "It's a wonderful resource for our mem- bers, and will truely become a 'one-stop- shop' for all things public notice advertis- ing." The guidebook also has copies of com- monly used forms like the 99P and Publisher Affidavit. Digital downloads may be obtained at notice. Announcements of large-scale changes to the document will be communicated to HSPA members via email. HSPA encourages members to suggest additions for this new resource, but Key asks for patience as HSPA responds by creating new pages for the guide. Suggestions can be sent to Money in Obits: Strategies to honor loved ones and generate revenue. Page 3 Something wrong? Last minute legislative deal may not be what it appears. Page 8 Hey, can they do that? Steve Key answers your legal questions. Page 5 Bright Story: New stats breathe life into our industry. Page 2 INSIDE Publisher The Indiana Volume 82, Issue 6 • June 8, 2017 Published on second Thursday monthly T he Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) is collaborating with WFYI Public Media to provide Indiana news- papers content concerning public health news under the title "Side Effects Public Media." At no cost, HSPA-member newspapers can publish in-depth health care stories that impact Hoosiers developed by reporters of WFYI in Indianapolis. Side Effects explores the multiple influences of place, policy and economics on the health of populations – hence the name. Indiana faces epidemic levels of chronic dis- ease, a crisis of opioid and tobacco addiction, and many barriers to health care access. These public health issues demand coverage that Side Effects will provide through spot news, features, series and investigative pieces. All this original reporting will be available to your newspaper for republication. Side Effects stories have been aired on NPR and PBS, the Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal- Constitution and the Houston Chronicle. The reporting team recently received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, three first place awards from Indiana Associated Press, and a Society of Professional Journalists Best in Indiana honor for in-depth reporting. HSPA's board of directors approved this effort as an additional service to its members. Health care touches every Hoosier, so quality coverage will allow you to provide timely, impor- tant information to your readers while allowing your staff to cover other important community topics. HSPA will email instructions on how to access the content to state newspaper editors. To ensure that Side Effects is responsive to your newsroom needs, newspaper editors are asked to complete a quick survey for Side Effects Public Media. Here's the link: If you have any questions about Side Effects or this content sharing opportunity, you can contact either Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for HSPA at or Deborah Jones, distribution manager at djones@ HSPA & WFYI collaborate on health news Partnership improves Hoosier health outcomes through member newspapers Press association reports disappointing session T he 2017 General Assembly session was generally disap- pointing from HSPA's point of view. After a promising start, the New Voices student press freedom bill died in the Senate; public notice advertising took another hit in an education bill, and government secrecy language was inserted into the budget bill. Following is a legislative roundup of many of the bills that were on HSPA's radar during the session that ended in late April: Public Notice Advertising Richard Karpel of the Public Notice Resource Center reports that 21 state legislatures this year had bills introduced that would effectively eliminate the publi- cation requirement for public notice adver- tising. Almost all would move the notices to government websites. Indiana legislators filed no such bill, but the concept took another hit with the pas- sage of H.E.A. 1009. The school financial bill eliminated the requirement for school districts to publish the school bus replace- ment fund budget and capital projects fund budget while giving notice of hearings on those plans. Bill author Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, is a former school superintendent, so there was no surprise that he See Session, Page 6

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