Indiana Governor Clarifies State-Run Media Plan

by | January 28, 2015

By Tom LoBianco

Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he soon will be "clarifying" what his Just IN news site will be doing and called reports on the plan an "understandable misunderstanding."

"Each weekday, up to six press releases will be featured in the 'Top Stories' section of the website. All other press releases for the day will appear further down on the Just IN homepage, separated by category. Members of the media will continue to receive press releases via email," according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

Documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star -- first reported on IndyStar.com late Monday -- show a detailed plan to have state press secretaries write news stories and distribute them through the Just IN site. By noon Tuesday, Pence was playing down his administration's plans to start a news site.

"Reports that this was intended to be a news agency, I think just represent an understandable misunderstanding based on some internal communications that I read about in the press," Pence said, after his announcement that he had won an alternative expansion of Medicaid from the federal government.

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