IBA/HSPA Reporters Workshop

Up and coming veteran journalists can sharpen their skills at the Reporters Workshop brought to you by the Indiana Broadcasters Association and Hoosier State Press Association. The focus of this year’s program is covering a beat.

Topics include how to access government information, media ethics, multimedia presentations, the courts, and storytelling techniques.

What: One-day event focused on covering a beat, offered by IBA & HSPA.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Where: Rooms 380, 382 in the University of Indianapolis Health Pavillion, 1643 E. Hanna Ave. Guest parking across street.

Why: Learn insider skills to cover a beat and snag a free 2018 AP Stylebook.

How: Register by Monday, June 11.


9 a.m.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Open Door Law, Access to Public Records
HSPA Executive Director and General Counsel Steve Key outlines the tools and rights reporters can use for acquiring information.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Former AP reporter and Ball State journalism professor John Strauss gives a lesson on multimedia reporting.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Media Ethics
Luncheon. Kathleen Culver speaks on, “Truth, Trust, and the Future of Journalism Ethics.”

1 – 2 p.m.
The Court Beat
Marion County Judge Marilyn Moores and retired Home News Enterprises Publisher Bud Herron share insights on covering courts.

2 – 3 p.m.
Virginia Black, former deputy general manager at the South Bend Tribune, discusses the art of storytelling for reporters.


Virginia Black

Virginia Black, now news adviser for the Purdue student newspaper, The Exponent, spent 23 years as an editor, investigative reporter and columnist for the South Bend Tribune. Her work there in the last several years included a 22-part serial narrative on the murders of four homeless men, whose bodies were discovered dumped in manholes; a four-part series on her decade-long friendship with a homeless man with schizophrenia; and policy-changing series on Indiana’s Department of Child Services’ budget cuts and the private company hired to provide medical care in Indiana prisons. A native Hoosier, she also worked for newspapers in Fort Wayne, Evansville and Hammond.

Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and free expression. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and was the founding editor of MediaShift’s education section.

Bud Herron

Bud Herron retired as Group Publisher for Home News Enterprise in Columbus in 2007, after a 40-year newspaper career with publications in Indiana and Texas. His first 20 years in the industry were spent in various editorial positions from reporter to editor. In the second half of his career he was publisher of the Daily Journal in Franklin and then The Republic in Columbus, prior to assuming the group publisher position for the HNE chain. After retiring from newspaper work, Herron volunteered for seven years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in Bartholomew and Jennings Counties. In 2015 he joined the staff of Advocates for Children as a full-time Guardian ad Litem. He retired from that position in April 2018, but continues part-time as the facilitator for Dual Status casework between Bartholomew County Juvenile Probation and the Department of Child Services.

Steve Key

Steve Key, HSPA’s executive director and general counsel, offers advice on legal questions to member news papers. Key also represents HSPA before the Indiana General Assembly, lobbying for the public’s freedom of information rights and the interests of Indiana newspapers. Before earning a law degree, Key worked at newspapers for 13 years, including two as managing editor at the Noblesville Daily Ledger and three as assistant news editor at the Daily Journal (Franklin).

Judge Marilyn A. Moores

Judge Marilyn A. Moores received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Governor Mitch Daniels appointed her in March, 2005 to ll the unexpired term of Judge James Payne, who was appointed by Governor Daniels to serve in his administration as Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Moores was a partner in the Indianapolis law rm Cohen & Malad, LLP. She concentrated her private practice in the areas of federal litigation, family law, governmental litigation, civil rights and commercial matters.  While in private practice, she was elected and served one term from 1995-1999 as an At-Large member of the Indianapolis City-County Council.

John Strauss

John Strauss is a longtime Indiana reporter and editor in print, online and broadcast whose background ranges from metro newspaper coverage of government and politics to a stint as general manager for public broadcasting at Ball State University, where he taught journalism for nine years. He now serves as digital editor for Lumina Foundation, a national philanthropy focused on higher education. He loves working with mobile video and has presented to news and PR groups around the country on the tools and techniques of shooting with light video equipment.



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