News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Max Jones

January 16, 2011

MAX JONES: Readers benefit from new resource

TERRE HAUTE — The Tribune-Star’s primary mission is to report news and tell stories that are relevant to our large community of readers, helping them be better informed and more engaged citizens.

Local news is our main focus, but vital news from the state, nation and world is also part of the formula that drives our content decisions.

This newspaper is a member of The Associated Press and has access to much of the information produced by that worldwide news organization. But our readers now have the added value of statewide news produced by a bureau created in Indianapolis by our parent company, CNHI (Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.).

Because CNHI owns a number of other newspapers in Indiana, including the Kokomo Tribune, Goshen News, Jeffersonville News/New Albany Tribune, and the Herald Bulletin in Anderson, corporate leaders decided to hire a full-time statehouse bureau chief to create content its Indiana newspapers can share.

Maureen O’Connor Hayden was appointed to that position in April and has been generating stories of statewide interest for our newspapers ever since. She doesn’t duplicate news the AP bureau in Indianapolis already reports. Rather, she explores issues the AP does not have the resources to pursue and often tailors her stories to readers in communities where CNHI newspapers are published.

Maureen has more than 20 years experience as a journalist in Indiana, covering a wide variety of beats including crime, courts, government, business, environment and religion. A longtime reporter for the Evansville Courier & Press, she’s also written for Indianapolis Monthly, the American Journalism Review and Family Circle magazine.

More recently, she spent three years as managing editor of a city magazine in Evansville, and joined CNHI after a 12-month stint with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Government Partnership Program.

You have undoubtedly seen Maureen’s bylined stories in the Tribune-Star during the past nine months. Her work is excellent and shows a keen understanding of state government. Her presence at the Statehouse serves Tribune-Star readers particularly well now that the Legislature is in session.

Maureen will be writing a weekly analysis piece, titled “State of the Statehouse.” This week’s column appears in today’s edition. In her first column published last Sunday, she encouraged readers to write her with questions or concerns about state issues. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

As always, I invite readers to send us feedback on our Statehouse coverage and suggestions for stories you would like to read.

This year’s legislative session promises to be intense and dramatic with provocative issues lined up for debate and action. We want to keep you informed and engaged. Maureen Hayden’s work will allow us to do that in a more thorough way.

Max Jones can be reached at (812) 231-4336, or by e-mail at max.jones@tribstar.com.

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