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Weekly Briefing | June 7, 2019
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WNA honors 12 during Memorial Pylon ceremony in Eagle River

Friends, family and WNA members gathered today at the Trees For Tomorrow campus in Eagle River, Wis., to pay tribute to 12 deceased newspaper publishers. It's a tradition that dates back to 1962. 

During this year's Memorial Pylon ceremony, WNA President Paul Seeling invited family members to share stories about their loved ones and how their devotion to newspapers made lasting impacts in their communities. 

Court rules officials must provide requested electronic records

Wisconsin public officials can’t charge exorbitant fees for hard copies of records that can be easily and cheaply produced in more user-friendly electronic form, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The decision from the 2nd District Court of Appeals hands a victory to Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and editor of The Progressive magazine. In 2016, he filed a lawsuit against state Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, who responded to a records request for constituent contacts by producing 1,500 paper copies of emails and charging a per-page fee.

SNPA, Inland Press Association approve plan to consolidate

Directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) and the Inland Press Association on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to consolidate the two associations, effective October 1.

Details of the plan approved by the two boards will be sent to members for their consideration and vote. The result of the member balloting is expected to be announced on June 28.

Legislation that would aid newspapers in revenue battle with Google, Facebook introduced in Senate

Legislation in the House and Senate would provide a temporary antitrust exemption for publishers as they negotiate with Google and Facebook over how news content is used and how ad dollars are distributed. A month after a similar bill was introduced in the House, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Monday introduced the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act” in the Senate. 

Bliss Communications to sell The Gazette, EagleHerald to APG

Bliss Communications on Monday announced it is selling its newspapers, including The (Janesville) Gazette, to Adams Publishing Group.

Sidney “Skip” Bliss, president and CEO of Bliss Communications, made the announcement to employees Monday. He said he expects the deal to be finalized in mid-June. Bliss, past president of the WNA, will serve as publisher emeritus through March 31, 2020. His son, Kyle Bliss, will continue with the company.

Bill would block scrutiny of lottery winners

When UW-Madison student journalist Peter Coutu investigated frequent lottery winners in Wisconsin in 2018, he uncovered that several frequent winners had close ties to the retailers selling the winning tickets. When Coutu later joined the Virginian-Pilot, a similar investigation yielded similar results. 

Under the recently introduced Lottery Privacy Act, such independent examination of suspicious lottery activity would no longer be possible in Wisconsin, writes Dee Hall of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. 

Tomahawk Leader purchased by Multi Media Channels LLC

After nearly four decades in Tomahawk media, Larry and Kathy Tobin have sold the Tomahawk Leader to Waupaca-based Multi Media Channels.

The Tobins say they have been honored to be the caretakers of the Tomahawk Leader for 37 years and look forward to remaining part of the community.

“Our stewardship will be to continue the Tobin family tradition of reporting hyper-local news to the community,” said MMC CEO Patrick Wood.
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Graham Foster, Jr., who worked for 38 years as editor of the Tomahawk Leader, died Tuesday, May 28. He was 89.

In 1954, Foster became editor of the Leader. He remained with the paper for 38 years, during which time he won several WNA Better Newspaper Contest awards for his work as a reporter, editor and columnist.

Foster married his wife, Joanna Osero, on Aug. 13, 1960. Together they had two children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
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The Weekly Briefing is published Thursdays by the staff of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Created by and for Wisconsin’s newspapers, WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

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