A bill currently under consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives would keep police and other government video recordings secret. The measure, which recently passed a House committee, “restricts public records requests for law enforcement recordings” and would require a court order to release video from police body cameras. RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Hoosier State Press Association say the bill runs contrary to Indiana’s current public records laws, which require openness.
Eleven Indiana pubcasters will work together as a news network with help from a $609,000 grant from CPB. The partnership, to be called IPB News, will cover education, government and politics, economics and business, environment and energy, and health, science and technology. The grant covers the hiring of eight new reporters for the network.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is launching a state-run news outlet to generate stories written by state communications officials and share them with other news outlets. The new outlet, dubbed “Just IN,” will also “break” stories about Pence’s administration. The effort, planned for a late February launch, will be taxpayer-supported.