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Indianapolis Business Journal has elevated the idea behind its popular print Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.

Launched on Nov. 1, INforefront is meant to expand the dialogue around essential public issues and give readers access to a wide diversity of opinions in one location, 24 hours a day. It features 30 blogs written by veteran contributors to the Forefront print section, as well as other authors chosen for their experience and influence in the public square.

The site is moderated by Norm Heikens, who also oversees the newspaper’s opinion and editorial pages and the Forefront print section.

"We saw an opportunity to expand [Forefront] and build a statewide online forum for civil discussion of policy and government," said IBJ Managing Editor Cory Schouten. "We are fortunate to have some of the state’s best and brightest as readers and contributors, several of whom have agreed to join the site as bloggers. The new INforefront will give our opinion offering a sense of immediacy and interactivity and a much-broader reach than the monthly pullout print section.”

Like the print section, INforefront bloggers hail from across the political and ideological spectrum. The roster includes such writers as Ted Boehm, Murray Clark, Ann DeLaney, Sheila Kennedy, John Ketzenberger, John Krull, Jim Shella, Bill Styring and Robin Winston.

The site includes local, state, national and international politics sections, as well as Democratic and Republican sections. Topics covered in the site's early offerings include gay marriage, Glenda Ritz, the Tea Party, and Obamacare.

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  • Shame
    I applaud the idea, but it is a shame that IBJ selected people who are consummate establishment insiders to be bloggers. Abdul? Ann Delaney? Laura Beck? Robert Winston? Jim Shella? You're not going to get any independent thinking from those individuals and from 95% of the others on the IBJ's panel of bloggers. Were there not others out there who could not offer a fresh perspective, people who would offer readers independent thoughts untainted by political spin? I would think so. IBJ's readers deserve better.
  • Seriously DC
    Sigh. Journalism, right or left, should at least follow the basic tenets of, you know, journalism. As Rand Paul can tell you, stitching together someone else's words then sprinkling in a few of your own isn't journalism. Why the lack of interest in having standards?
  • Journalism?
    I believe the story describes this as a blog site. It's nothing more than a giant Op-ed page - it should be entertaining.
  • Anybody's a journalist these days
    Katzenberger writes newspaper columns. So does Hakim Shabazz. So does Kennedy. I've seen Winston on TV a dozen times. I think it's pretty evenly divided between democrats and republicans. What's your beef with these folks? They're just local politicos, but anybody who writes anything these days can call themselves a journalist. So you must think only people like Brian Williams or Andrea Mitchell are journalists. Neither of them has hatched a meaningful thought of their own in years. I think this is a good group. I don't usually agree with Sheila's or Robin's viewpoints, but I like hearing them. If you only listen to those you agree with you'll drown in a sea of ignorance.
  • Really?
    Other than Shella which one of those is a real journalist? I see you now have Abdul the rumor monger.theres a big bunch of credibility...
  • Okay...
    Went there, read one "article" by one "journalist" that was essentially a cobbling together of last night's election headlines with slurs replacing the names of any Democrat who won. That's some real hard-hitting analysis, right there. Great job.

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