Just IN - Indiana Broadcasters Association

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Indiana Broadcasters Respond to “Just IN”
Contact information: Joe Misiewicz, President/CEO ([email protected])
Press Release: January 28, 2015
The Indiana Broadcasters Assocation Board of Directors unanimously adopted the following
statement in regards to the recent announcement by Governor Mike Pence that a state funded
news outlet was being developed.
In lieu of the Governor’s recent announcement of Just IN, the Indiana Broadcasters Association
wants to convey the professional concerns of Indiana’s Radio and TV stations over the validity
of a governmental office establishing what appears to be a news bureau which would exert
governmental control over the news it generates.
As radio and TV news reporters we clearly expect the state government to provide clear,
unbiased information, through press secretaries, public information officers and other
government officials clearly labeled as such and to do this without the use of taxpayer money.
Moreover, our radio and TV outlets want assurance that information presented on this site can
be thoroughly questioned through traditional interviews including all staff members related to
the various releases that will be posted.
It is clear to Indiana Broadcasters that a journalist’s job is to seek the truth and report it while
the job of government is to shape and administer public policy.
In the end, this is a First Amendment issue. The Indiana Broadcasters Association supports both
the spirit and the letter of the First Amendment and nothing less.