Month: October 2017

IFCL honored at the Indiana High School Press Association’s annual fall convention

Quaker IFCL Ingelhart Award
The Indiana High School Press Association honors IFCL and State Representatives:
Rep. Ed DeLaney, D—Indianapolis, Rep. Ed Clere, R—New Albany and Dr. Bill Chapman, IFCL lobbyist.

The Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation was honored at the Indiana High School Press Association’s annual fall convention Friday, Oct. 20, for support of a First Amendment bill for student journalists. Dr. Bill Chapman, IFCL lobbyist, accepted the award on behalf of the organization’s effort during the 2017 legislative session.

New Voices legislation speaks to the Quaker belief in “truth to power.” Some high schools throughout the country promote strong journalism programs and encourage students to report about important issues that relate to teenagers.
But some administrators control potentially controversial coverage, a practice that has prompted some states to pass specific legislation to ensure that students attending public high schools can report about relevant topics. Illinois passed a similar bill year.

IHSPA also honored Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany and Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, the New Voices bill sponsors.

Steve Key, general counsel for the Hoosier State Press Association, also was recognized at the Friday convention. Key was awarded the Ingelhart several years ago and continues to work for IHSPA issues on multiple levels.

The Indiana High School Press Association has supported student journalism since the organization was founded at Franklin College in 1922. The group’s “Friend of Journalism” award was named after Dr. Louis Ingelhart, a nationally recognized advocate for student press throughout his career at Ball State University.

Representatives Clere and DeLaney plan to work with students for similar legislation during the 2018 session.

Those with questions about the legislation are welcome to contact IFCL for more information.

Redistricting News

Redistricting News
Diana Hadley,

IFCL has shared information and its redistricting displays at additional events since Western Yearly Meeting.

Need for redistricting in Indiana
Clark Hadley and Deborah Hunt use IFCL displays to show members of Fairfield Meeting the need for redistricting in Indiana.
The first was a presentation at Fairfield Friends Meeting August 27, and the second was a public forum on redistricting reform presented by The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting at Franklin College September 19.

Both events were well-attended. Although coordinators of the Franklin forum expected 75 to attend, they were thrilled when the number approached 200 and required more chairs to be set up.

Paul Helmke works with the IFCL redistricting puzzle
Paul Helmke, Professor at IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs, works with the IFCL redistricting puzzle.
The forum included speakers Paul Helmke (Professor, IU Bloomington School of Public Environmental Affairs, former Republican mayor of Fort Wayne and former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors), Luis Fuentes-Rohwer (Professor, IU Bloomington School of Law, with teaching and research interests in voting and redistricting legislation including gerrymandering cases) and Julia Vaughn (Policy Director, Common Cause Indiana).

State Senator Greg Walker R-District 41 also attended the Franklin event. Following the three presentations discussion focused on the need for redistricting and the importance of public pressure to encourage Indiana lawmakers to address redistricting legislation. Senator Walker agreed to continue to study the data and information regarding redistricting issues and to listen to those who had views about it.

Redistricting event at Franklin College
Nearly 200 people attend the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting event at Franklin College.
Anyone interested in planning similar events for their communities should contact IFCL members who will help make connections with people who could help provide valuable information and promote group interaction about an important bipartisan topic that affects all Hoosiers.

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