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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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Herb Simon purchases Kirkus book review journal

February 11, 2010
Scott Olson
In a move not necessarily stranger than fiction, Herb Simon has bought Kirkus Reviews, the venerable journal of prepublication book reviews. The owner of the Indiana Pacers co-owns an independent bookstore in California and is described as a voracious reader.
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Editorial writers lose appeal against Star

December 9, 2009
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
Two former editorial writers at Indiana's largest newspaper failed to prove they were the victims of religious discrimination, according to a circuit court of appeals.
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Bringing self-publishing to the classroomRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Professor Textbook aims to bring self-publishing to college campuses by helping professors publish their own textbooks.
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Entrepreneur parlays love of cars into successful media companyRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Anthony Schoetle
Donnie Babb's Gauge Media Group started in his basement at tortoise speed but now churns out $2 million in sales with a staff of nine full-time and 15 part-time employees.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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