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News: Thursday, March 21

This Week in News


This Week in News


It's Thursday. It's News Editor Rob Burgess. It's newsletter time, for real this time.

Have you become a member yet? If the answer is yes, thank you! We value your voice and your support. You are helping to pave the way ahead for our community journalism for years to come. If you haven't yet, what are you waiting for? It's only $5 a month and as of today, you can set it up to automatically renew at the end of every month, or year. 

If you sign up, you'll receive a weekly newsletter from Publisher Kevin McKinney each Monday with exclusives you'll only hear about first there. For example, this week's newsletter let members know first that we're starting to add audio recordings of some of our interviews along with stories. Here's the first story we've tried this with. We've got a lot of big plans in store for audio and video, and members are going to get first access to all of it. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Want another way to support our work at NUVO? Buy our merchandise! There's new products being added all the time. I have to say, though, the House of Burgess shirts and hats which were just added are straight fire. I'm not telling you how to spend your money, but I wouldn't want to be the last kid on the block without one. 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my reporting for my story about Indianapolis migration patterns which won our first round of City Committee voting. I have a lot of material to sift through, but I am planning on having something to share by the end of next week. On Monday, I attended a meet and greet with John E. Hall, the new executive director of the Indianapolis Housing Association, at the 16 Park Community Building. I think it gave me some good background research for my reporting. I can't wait to hear what you all think of the finished story when it's out.

Lest we forget, the 2019 legislative session is still firing on all cylinders. Today I am headed back to the Statehouse. At 9:30 a.m. I am headed to an event hosted in the North Atrium by Indiana Forward, which is advocating for a comprehensive version of the hate crimes bill now before the House of Representatives, Senate Bill 12. “As part of the program, religious leaders and their congregants will pray for healing for communities impacted by acts of terror and renew their call on Indiana lawmakers to pass a comprehensive bias crimes law with an enumerated list of characteristics,”stated the press release. Religious leaders from across the state are scheduled to be there. Confirmed speakers include: Rabbi Brett Krichiver, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation; Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis; Pastor John Girton, Indianapolis Christ Missionary Baptist Church; Bishop Douglas Sparks, Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana; and more.

I've been writing about this issue for several months now, and I have a question you, my readers, may be able to help with. The proponents of hate crimes law including protected classes, like Indiana Forward, have been vocal. What has been less visible is the groups pushing against passing a bill with protected classes. I have tried to include their arguments against it in my reporting, but there doesn't seem to be a parallel group or publicly organized effort analogous to Indiana Forward. (And, the Republican Senators caucusing behind closed doors before voting didn't help transparency, either.) Who are these groups? Let me know if you have any insight by sending me an email at

While searching for new tools to better communicate with you, the readers, we've started looking into Slido. The platform is used for taking Q&A's and polls along with crowdsourcing ideas. We really like the voting feature. Check it out, ask a question or let us know what you think!

Finally, I'll be hosting an informal coffee with the editor event from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at Big Car Collaborative’s Tube Factory artspace, 1125 Cruft St. Come by, hang out, and let me know what you want me to report on.

Have a great rest of your week. Talk to you next Wednesday.


Rob Burgess

News Editor

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