Pence Scraps State-Run News Service

Jan 29, 2015
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he’s canceling plans for a controversial state-run news service.

The announcement came in a memo Pence sent to state agency heads Thursday that he was killing the program, called “Just IN.”

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Pence administration officials say they’ll work with press organizations to carefully evaluate the  proposed state news service before it’s unveiled to the public. 

Pence communications director Christy Denault says the original intent of the Just IN news service was  to serve as a clearinghouse, a “one-stop shop,” for press releases from all state agencies. She says the  current system, a state news calendar, didn’t display releases from nearly half of the state’s 90 agencies.  

Frost Illustrated is one of the oldest African-American-owned businesses in Fort Wayne, and one of the leading black voices in the community, as well.

But in recent weeks, the paper has hit some financial trouble, and has turned to the internet for help.

As of Monday, the Frost campaign had raised about a third of its $5,000 goal.

Katy Anderson sat down with Frost’s Managing Editor, Michael Patterson, to find out a little more about the publication’s history and future.

A longtime Indiana publisher who fought for public access to government and helped ensure that Fort Wayne would remain a two-newspaper city has died.

Former Journal Gazette publisher Richard Inskeep died Wednesday at 89.

Inskeep joined the newspaper in 1949 and worked in nearly every department over the next 48 years. He became vice president of Fort Wayne Newspapers in 1969 and served as the newspaper's publisher from 1973 until 1997.