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Department of Education explains concerns about student journalists bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com   Editor’s note: TheStatehouseFile.com is a publication of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. The Indiana High School Press Association, which lobbied in support for House Bill 1130, is headquartered at Franklin College. INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education is sharing its concerns about a failed House bill that […]

Commentary: An ‘alternative’  to the American approach

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Commentary: An ‘alternative’ to the American approach

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Already the phrase “alternative facts” has become the subject of a million jabs and jibes. When Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, uttered those words in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” she touched off a national discussion that often looked like open-mic night […]

Commentary: Truth in an age of unquestioning belief

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Commentary: Truth in an age of unquestioning belief

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Now we know who the first really big loser in the 2016 presidential campaign is. Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show. Lauer served as host for a “Commander-in-Chief Forum” with presidential nominees Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and Donald Trump, a (for now) Republican. The reviews of Lauer’s performance […]

Commentary: Journalists, time for an intervention

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Commentary: Journalists, time for an intervention

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Something called CareerCast just put “newspaper reporter” at the bottom of its annual list of 200 best jobs. That’s right, 200th out of 200. The CareerCast announcement produced the predictable combination of navel-gazing and gnashing of teeth among journalists, present and past, about just how awful things are now […]

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Commentary: Truth and ‘a season of witches’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s make this clear from the outset: U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is not a member of the Ku Klux Klan. And the allegations from an anonymous hacker that he – along with other elected officials across the country – is part of the KKK would be laughable if […]

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TheStatehouseFile.com, reporters win journalism awards

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – TheStatehouseFile.com was named the state’s top news website and four current and former students received honors at the 36th annual Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana Journalism” awards gala. The site – which is powered by Franklin College journalism students – received first place in the best news website […]

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Pence cancels controversial JustIN news service

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has canceled plans for a controversial website called JustIN that his office originally said would act as a news service. Pence sent a memo to state agency officials on Thursday – four days after news about the website broke – saying that those plans had been […]

Commentary: Elegy for an odd place

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Commentary: Elegy for an odd place

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Every building has its stories. The first time I entered the sprawling brick building at the corner of New York and Pennsylvania Streets in Indianapolis – the home of The Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star – I was 21 and scared to death. That was more than 30 […]

Commentary: So, Abdul, what exactly are you?

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Commentary: So, Abdul, what exactly are you?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org “Is Abdul a journalist? A commentator? An entertainer? A gossip-monger? All of the above?” That was a fair question raised by my colleague Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana in his recent column about changes in Indiana news media titled “Media, When the going gets weird…”  In it, he laments how […]

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TheStatehouseFile.com students, graduates and editor win SPJ awards

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four reporters and an editor took home awards Friday night from the 35th annual Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana Journalism” awards gala for work they did as students at TheStatehouseFile.com. In addition, The Franklin, the college’s student newspaper, won 3rd place for its website. The paper – edited […]

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