Journal Gazette Publisher Julie Inskeep received the Distinguished Service Award from the Hoosier State Press Association on Wednesday in recognition of her years of service to newspapers.
Inskeep, who succeeded her father, Richard G. Inskeep, as publisher in 1997, has been active in various newspaper organizations and was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2008.
Gov. Mitch Daniels presented the Distinguished Service Award at an HSPA convention in Indianapolis. It recognizes service to the HSPA, the newspaper industry in general or service in the local community that reflects positively on its newspaper.
Inskeep easily qualifies in all three areas, said Randy List, HSPA board president. List is the publisher of newspapers in Greencastle, Brazil and Linton.
During my tenure with HSPA, the staff and board did great work in business development and advocacy, Inskeep said. However, Im proudest of our establishment of HSPAs foundation to promote journalism education and First Amendment issues.
The association, founded in 1933, represents 175 daily and non-daily paid circulation newspapers in Indiana.
Inskeep, 59, served 12 years with the HSPA board of directors, retiring from the board last year. It was the longest span served by a board member at that time. She was board president during the 2006-07 term.
Nationally, Inskeep served on The Associated Press board of directors from 2000 to 2009. She has been a member of the Inland Press Association board since 2006 and is in line to be the group president.
In addition, Inskeep served on the Newspaper Association of America board from 1998 to 2006, including several terms on the executive committee.
Locally, she has been president of the Allen County United Way, the Fort Wayne Community Foundation, the Neighborhood Health Clinics, and Community Partnerships. She has served on the boards of Lutheran and Parkview hospitals and National City Bank, among others.
As for the future of newspapers, Inskeep said she foresees a very different business model to complement the print product.
Obviously, when you build a new printing press downtown you feel there is a future, she said, but one that will have a number of distribution channels and serve a variety of audiences.