Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

August 29, 2013

HSPA launches updated public notice website


The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — The Hoosier State Press Association announces an improved online clearinghouse of Indiana public notice advertisements.



The association revamped its website for the notices – www.indianapublicnotices.com – with easy-to-navigate features and a large collection of listings from across the state.



All of the notices on the website also were printed in newspapers, the most trusted source for community information. Users can search for public notices by keyword, date, newspaper or location for free.



“We hope our members will use their print and digital products to spread the word to readers about this government-transparency tool,” said Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel.



Public notices are valuable from a newspaper perspective for the wealth of information they provide about issues facing a community: building projects, foreclosures, zoning, liquor licenses and much more.



HSPA is committed to making public notices easily accessible, said Robyn McCloskey, president of the HSPA board of directors and publisher of the Kokomo Tribune and the Pharos-Tribune (Logansport).



“Public notices remain one of the three pillars of government transparency,” McCloskey said. “Indiana’s Public Notice Advertising Law joins the Access to Public Records Act and Open Door Law in supporting the public's right to know how public servants conduct business.”



The publication of notices in newspapers and on their websites puts information about local, county and state government in places where people are likely to find it, Key said.



“This results in maximum government transparency,” Key said. “Indianapublicnotices.com offers another tool to track how elected leaders make decisions and spend tax dollars.”



According to Key, effective public notices are archivable, easily accessible, verifiable – and disseminated by an independent third party.



“Newspapers deliver on all four elements,” Key said.



Indianapublicnotices.com also includes a link to HSPA’s online Indiana newspaper directory. The searchable index contains information on circulation sizes, leadership, publication schedule and more.



The redesigned website features a clean look for maximum user-friendliness, McCloskey said.



“HSPA continues to invest in services that promote the public’s right to know how government operates,” she said. “This website makes statewide public notices available in one place from trusted sources – Indiana newspapers and the Hoosier State Press Association.”



The Hoosier State Press Association, founded in 1933, is a trade association representing 165 daily and weekly paid-circulation newspapers in Indiana. For more information visit www.hspa.com.