Weekly Briefing | Aug. 17, 2018
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Newspaper industry leaders honored at ceremony in Eagle River

More than 40 friends and family members of former newspaper leaders traveled today to Eagle River to honor their loved ones' contributions to the industry and to their communities. It's a tradition the WNA has upheld since 1958. The 2018 inductees were Mollyann G. Emerson, Deforest Times-Tribune; Helen V. EversonEdgerton Reporter; Bernadette Ann Friedell(Shell Lake) Washburn County Register; Donald W. & Gail Twining GriswoldWest Salem Journal; Patrick S. Korten(UW-Madison) Badger Herald; Dolores NinnemannCampbellsport News; Clifton & Shirley SagerThe (Cedar Grove) Villager; and Russell H. SteelThe (Crandon) Forest Republican. Mike Mathes, publisher of Delta Publications in Kiel served as emcee of the ceremony. 
(Photo: Mike Mathes, publisher of Delta Publications, Inc. in Kiel hands an honorary plaque on Friday, Aug. 17, to Arlet Steel, who published The Forest Republican in Crandon with her husband, Russell.)

More Trees Retreat highlights

The memorial ceremony took place during the WNA Trees Retreat, which kicked off on Thursday with a golf outing to support the WNA Foundation. Vilas County News-Review's Jess Spiegelhoff, Gary Ridderbusch and Kurt Krueger (pictured from left to right) golfed 7 under par to win the scramble and take home the traveling trophy. Attendees also heard from Adams Publishing Group Vice President of Circulation Marketing and Audience Development Esther Maina, who discussed how newspapers can grow revenue with membership-based business models.

Washington Island Observer reports record revenue

Bucking the perception that newspapers are in decline, the Washington Island Observer reported revenue was at an all-time high in 2017, the newspaper reported last week. The Door County weekly newspaper, which has a circulation of 1,100 loyal readers, operates with a staff of five people and a summer intern.

Local historical society raising funds to digitize newspaper archive

The Shorewood Historical Society is selling sidewalk plaques to area homeowners to fund the digitization of its newspaper archive, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Since 1923, the historical society has kept an archive of every edition of the village's newspaper. While it has tried to preserve the aging newspapers through bound volumes, the older issues are starting to deteriorate. The society, which is aiming to raise $15,000 to fund the project, plans to digitize the old issues and host them on their website. 

Dates announced for gubernatorial, U.S. Senate debates

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Board will continue its 30-year tradition of holding statewide televised debates by airing debates in the Wisconsin Governor and the U.S. Senate races, the association announced Wednesday.

Gubernatorial candidates Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers have been invited to participate in a debate hosted in the Madison market on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. U.S. Senate candidates Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir have been invited to participate in a debate hosted in the Wausau/Rhinelander market on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Both debates will be moderated by veteran television debate moderator and WBA Hall of Fame inductee Jill Geisler.

CNBC segment on newsprint tariffs features Wisconsin publisher

Multimedia Channels CEO Patrick Wood discussed the detrimental effects of newsprint tariffs on community newspapers during a CNBC segment that aired on Wednesday. Wood said the Green Bay-based company that publishes 21 weekly and three seasonal publications across Wisconsin has cut 10 percent of its workforce since last October because of the tariffs. 

More than 400 newspapers publish freedom of the press editorials

More than 400 news publications across the United States joined the Boston Globe this week in a nationwide editorial push to promote freedom of the press. 

The initiative was prompted by the president's repeated verbal attacks on journalists, calling mainstream press organizations "fake news" and "the enemy of the American people." Tensions came to a boil in early August when CNN reporter Jim Acosta walked out of a press briefing after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders refused to refute Trump’s "enemy of the people" comments.
Among Friends
Danielle Danford, a reporter for the (Frederic) Inter-County Leader and (Shell Lake) Washburn County Register, was one of 28 journalists selected for a yearlong fellowship designed to strengthen rural journalism that investigates the growth in jail populations and reports on policy remedies and alternatives. The Rural Justice reporting fellowship is sponsored by John Jay Center on Media, Crime and Justice, the Ford Foundation and the Catherine and John D. MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
Ryan Curtis joined The (Menomonie) Dunn County News staff as a sports and general reporter earlier this month, the newspaper announced. Currently enrolled at UW-Stout, Curtis expects to graduate this fall with a bachelor's degree in professional communication and emerging media, with an applied journalism concentration.

Curtis will cover sports for Dunn County's four school districts, as well as school-related and other news. He replaces Laura Giammattei, who left at the end of July.
Longtime sports editor Jody Korch retired this month from the (Marinette) EagleHerald after more than three decades at the newspaper. Korch started his tenure there 34 years ago as a news reporter for the Eagle-Star before moving to the sports department.

During his time as sports editor, Korch demonstrated great passion for covering high school and other sports, according to his colleagues. He also was an avid fisherman and hunter, making the EagleHerald Outdoors page a "must-read" for those who shared his passions.
Amber Hayden has joined the staff of the (Glenwood City) Tribune Press Reporter and Colfax Messenger as a reporter, the newspapers announced this week.

Hayden, a California native, moved to Wisconsin in February 2017. She will cover sports and local government for the DeWitt Media publications, in addition to writing occasional feature stories.
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