Publishing

More changes coming to Star in wake of layoffs

June 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
A deep round of layoffs at The Indianapolis Star is only the beginning of a major restructuring of the company's news operations, Publisher Karen Crotchfelt told IBJ in an interview Wednesday.
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Indianapolis Star lays off 62 in cost-saving purge

June 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday laid off 62 employees including more than 15 percent of its newsroom staff in the latest round of cost-cutting by Gannett Co. Inc., the newspaper's parent company.
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Star folding Metromix section

June 15, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Star is halting publication of its free weekly stand-alone Metromix section after the June 23 edition, but some of the content intended to appeal to young readers will be posted online.
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Emmis decision to pay CEO legal fees illegal, financier says

February 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Alden Global Capital, a firm Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan is suing for backing out of a deal to finance his efforts to take Emmis private, charges that a $200,000 loan Emmis made to pay his legal fees violates the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
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Hoosier State Press Association revamps co-op advertisingRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The press association hired a former marketing director for Columbus-based Home News Enterprises in late 2009 to spearhead the service.
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Newspaper chain expanding in Fishers

January 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Current Publications is exhibiting growth seldom seen in the newspaper industry these days. Four years after launching, the company is preparing to debut its fourth weekly newspaper in Hamilton County on Jan. 25.
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Jackson Group acquired by Houston company

January 3, 2011
Indianapolis-based The Jackson Group had 132 employees in mid-2010, ranking it the sixth-largest woman-owned business in the area, according to IBJ research.
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Indianapolis Star gets new publisher

December 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
An Arizona newspaper executive is set to take over as publisher of The Indianapolis Star, replacing Michael Kane.
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Printer suing Indianapolis Woman publisher for $271K

December 10, 2010
Scott Olson
Mignone Communications claims Weiss Communications, which publishes Indianapolis Woman, owes it $271,196 for printing costs dating to November 2007.
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Digital textbook startup moving to Indiana

November 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Encompass Media LLC, run by Indianapolis native Scott Watanabe, projects rapid growth for digital textbooks.
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Company thinks it can make college textbooks obsolete

November 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
An Indianapolis company has developed Web-based software that allows college students to read and electronically mark up textbooks, articles, chapters of books, etc. It also has a business model that its owners think will make more money for publishers and slash students’ textbook costs—which average $1,200 a year—in half.
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State files more complaints against vanity publisher

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Attorney General alleges David W. Caswell and New Century Publishing were paid more than $86,000 by 40 consumers for services never rendered.
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Union representing Star employees settles suit

September 28, 2010
Details of the confidential agreement were not made public. The union said in a letter to Star employees that the eight will receive a financial settlement but will not be rehired.
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Soldiering on, Emmis' Smulyan mulls station sales to cut debtRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
The CEO thinks Emmis could cast off some big-market stations, raising ample cash to pay off the company’s bank debt before it comes due in November 2013.
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Attorney General files suit against local publisher

August 17, 2010
Attorney General accuses David Caswell and New Century Publishing of violating state consumer protection laws by accepting payment without providing publishing services. IBJ reported July 30 that several authors had paid New Century for books but never received them.
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Mug shots drive sales for startup weekly newspaperRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The tabloid relies on the same open-records laws that give mainstream news outlets access to information about arrests, including photos.
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Publisher's book fair questioned amid financial troubles

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Charity event scheduled for July 31 is postponed again as complaints against New Century Publishing mount.
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Indianapolis Star to be laid out in Louisville; local jobs likely lost

July 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Virginia-based Gannett Co., the Star’s parent company, this month informed employees of a plan to move layout and design work for its 83 dailies to five regional design hubs.
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Curtis sues pizza chain over Rockwell painting in ad

June 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The suit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, accuses Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., of infringing the copyright to a Saturday Evening Post cover first published in 1943.
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Former Star columnist suing newspaper

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Susan Guyett, who wrote the Talk of Our Town column, claims the newspaper discriminated against her on the basis of age when she was let go from her job in 2008.
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Star's union upset over newspaper's use of story

April 2, 2010
Scott Olson
A piece written by a reporter more than three years ago that was repackaged recently as part of an advertising supplement has drawn the ire of the paper's guild.
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IBJ honored for Simon and Durham stories, Web siteRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
IBJ received three national journalism awards at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers' annual conference March 20 in Phoenix.
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Regulatory job prompts Mays to resign as Recorder publisher

February 24, 2010
Carolene Mays plans to leave the Indianapolis newspaper after being named to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Union representing Indianapolis Star employees sues Gannett

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 178-member union is suing to preserve its arbitration rights, and possibly win back the jobs of eight people who were let go last summer.
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IBJ Media president leaving after 30 years

February 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Chris Katterjohn told IBJ employees Friday morning that he would leave at the end of February. Katterjohn has spent 30 years with the firm, including the past 20 years as publisher of the company's flagship Indianapolis Business Journal.
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