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Weekly Briefing

Trees Retreat Edition
Friday, August 25, 2017

A hug for luck

Trinity Wesle of Stetsonville gives her lamb a hug before the start of the sheep showmanship competition at the Taylor County Fair on Aug. 10. More than 300 young people from throughout Taylor County either showed or had projects displayed at the fair. This photo was submitted by Brian Wilson of The Star News in Medford.

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Al Cross, director of the Institute of Rural Journalism and Community Issues, leads his third educational session of the day during the 2017 Trees Retreat at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River. – James Debilzen photos
Live from Eagle River

The WNA is in Eagle River this week for the annual Trees Retreat. The retreat, in its 70th year, kicked off Thursday with a golf outing at Eagle River Golf Course.

Today, retreat-goers heard from Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, as he addressed new challenges in community journalism and we honored the legacy of five former newspaper leaders during the Memorial Pylon Ceremony. The WNA's boards of directors also met this morning at the Trees For Tomorrow campus. The retreat concludes tonight with a steak fry in the WNA Press Forest.

Watch the WNA's Facebook page for more highlights from this year's Trees Retreat!

From left, Eve Galanter, Heather Rogge and Paul Seeling, members of the WNA and WNA Foundation boards of directors, during a meeting of the boards under the tent at Trees For Tomorrow.
Annette Aubinger talks about her late husband, Michael Aubinger, during the Memorial Pylon Ceremony on Friday. Michael Aubinger was one of five publishers memorialized during the ceremony.
WNA members at the Trees Retreat gather around the campfire to warm up on Thursday night.
The crowd at the Memorial Pylon Ceremony listen to stories about the publishers who were being honored on Friday.
From Campus to the Capitol and Beyond: The Future of Free Speech and the First Amendment

Shutting down hate speech. Revamping libel laws. Expanding intellectual diversity on campus. The First Amendment and the principle of free speech has emerged as a contentious topic of debate in recent months – in Wisconsin and across the country. The fatal violence in Charlottesville, Virginia at a white nationalist rally has heightened attention on free speech.

The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics invites students, campus employees and members of the public to a discussion of these important topics. It will take place 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Union South in the Marquee Cinema, 1308 W. Dayton St., Madison.

The discussion features Kathleen Culver, assistant professor, James E. Burgess, chair in Journalism Ethics and director of the UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics; Savion Castro, UW-Madison student and One Wisconsin Now research assistant; and James Friedman, an attorney with Godfrey & Kahn representing the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

The event is free and open to the public, who will have an opportunity to hear from representatives from both sides of this issue, and ask questions. All area journalists are especially encouraged to attend, and membership in SPJ is not necessary.

Founded in 1905, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication strongly supports the First Amendment and believes in the principles of a free and responsible press. Its curriculum is anchored in the truthful, fair and ethical practice of communication, which can contribute to a healthy and vibrant democracy.

The Center for Journalism Ethics, founded in 2008, encourages the highest standards in journalism ethics worldwide. It seeks to foster vigorous debate about ethical practices in journalism and provide resources for producers, consumers and students of journalism. More information and resources are available at or via @UWJournEthics on Twitter.

For more information, contact Mark Pitsch at or 608-252-6145.

NNA offering postal reform editorial

The National Newspaper Association is making available for publication an editorial that calls on Congress to act on HR 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017. NNA President Matthew Paxton IV, publisher of The News-Gazette in Lexington, Va., warns postal customers will face more service cuts and possibly major postage increases without action on the bill

"We publishers of small town newspapers – and that is most of NNA – can see the effects of the last few service cuts," Paxton wrote in his request to newspapers to publish the editorial. "We hear stories about cash flow problems from advertisers, and everything from lost wedding invitations to delayed medicines. We need your readers to understand that they can push for solutions."

The editorial does not name specific members of the House of Representatives, but Paxton encouraged editors to add that information before publication. Newspapers are also welcome to remove Paxton's byline to speak with the editorial page's own voice.
Download the editorial

Edgewood College, student newspaper hosting journalism panel

Edgewood College in Madison invites the public to "The Battle is Never Over: Overcoming Adversity in the News Business," a panel discussion that will be held Monday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Auditorium, 1000 Edgewood College Dr.

On The Edge, the Edgewood College student newspaper, will host the discussion on the challenges facing those in the news business. Five experienced women journalists, including an alumna of Edgewood College who now makes her living as an editor and writer in the international community, will share their ideas and answer questions about the new challenges in print and digital journalism and the dilemmas facing journalists in the media future.

The event will be moderated by Ellen Foley, former editor of the Wisconsin State Journal. Panelists include Dee Hall, co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Judith Davidoff, editor, Isthmus; Jessica Benton Cooney, ’04, USAID Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights & Governance; Teryl Franklin, senior editor for audience development, Wisconsin State Journal; Karen Lincoln Michel, editor, Madison Magazine, and president, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Visit for more information and to RSVP (optional). A reception will follow the panel session.

Applications sought for D.C. fellowship

The George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies is now accepting applications for a three-day fellows workshop for journalists working for regional media outlets with priority given to those located in the American Midwest, the South (excluding the District of Columbia) and the Mountain West.

The workshop will take place in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19-21, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Fellows will attend roundtable discussions led by faculty experts on topics including Syrian refugees, Islam in America, and ISIS recruitment in the United States.

Fellows will develop a deeper understanding of Middle East politics, especially as they impinge on, or are connected with, issues facing American society. They will build a network of contacts with expertise on the region and gain exposure to cutting edge insights on the Middle East. Fellows will also receive lists (and personal introductions where possible) of local scholars available for background interviews on future stories. All expenses (airfare, local transport, lodging and meals) will be covered.

To apply, submit a resume; a recently published article; and a short paragraph (200-300 words) outlining why the workshop would be beneficial to you as a writer. Send materials to with the subject heading "Journalist Workshop Application" no later than Sept. 8. If you have questions regarding eligibility, email Dr. Scott Weiner at

Save the date for upcoming WNA events

Better Newspaper Contest

Contest Opens: Sept. 14, 2017
Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2017

Hall of Fame Dinner

Nov. 16, 2017
The Madison Club

This year, the WNA Foundation will honor Watertown Daily Times Editor Tom Schultz (left) and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editor Marty Kaiser (center).

2018 WNA Convention & Trade Show

April 12-13, 2018
Sheraton Madison Hotel

The annual WNA Trade Show & Convention returns to Madison in a new location and a little later in the year.

State Bar hosting free reporters' legal workshop on Sept. 8

The State Bar of Wisconsin will hold a free reporters’ legal workshop for members of the Wisconsin media from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at the State Bar, 5302 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison.
The workshop will feature new tools to help report on the criminal justice system; offer tips from veteran journalists, lawyers, and judges; give insight into open records and open meetings laws; and explore ongoing issues within Wisconsin’s justice system, including mass and disparate incarceration.

A complete schedule for the day with more information on the presenters and panelists is available online. Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of the State Bar, as well as free lodging nearby for Thursday, Sept. 7 for a limited number of early registrants who live at least two hours outside of the Madison area.
Questions?  Contact Kristen Durst, State Bar Public Relations Coordinator at 608-250-6025 or

See the Schedule & Register

Col. Fox reenlists daughter Master Sgt. Kayte Fox

Peter Fox, WNA executive director from 2004 to 2010, recently reenlisted his daughter, Master Sgt. Katherine Fox, in the Wisconsin Air National Guard.  Kayte is a procurement officer for the 115th Tactical Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison.  Fox, who retired from the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 2004 as a colonel after more than 30 years active and reserve service, lives north of Livingston, Mont., with his wife Nikki.  He is executive director of the Park County Community Foundation.
Audrey Reichert Lyke

Audrey Reichert Lyke, who with her husband, Doug, owned the Ripon Commonwealth Press from 1962 to 2017, died Wednesday, Aug. 23 in Ripon. She was 87.

The Lykes moved to Ripon in 1962 to own and operate The Ripon Commonwealth Press, but soon found themselves in the commercial printing business. Audrey handled the company’s bookkeeping, finances and other operations while Doug bid on jobs and ran the company, which grew from a workforce of 12 and $250,000 in sales to more than 300 with $40 million sales during their more than 30 years of leadership. 

When not raising the children and helping Doug with the business, Audrey was active in church, many community events and organizations. She also was a founding member of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, Ripon, and also on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the First Congregational Church of Ripon, 220 Ransom St., from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Joanna D’Agostino officiating.

Read the obituary

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association has partnered with various organizations to provide free content to members. If you have questions regarding the content below, please contact WNA Communications Director James Debilzen at 608-283-7623.
The Capitol Report

The Capitol Report features news and analysis on statewide government and political issues in Wisconsin. The column is available for free publication by WNA-member newspapers only.

Column for the Week of Aug. 28
New mining legislation would end long-standing moratorium

Discover Wisconsin

A weekly column written by the staff of Discover Wisconsin highlights things to do and see throughout the State of Wisconsin. The column is accompanied by photos for use in print and online. 

Column for the Week of Aug. 28
25 Native American City Names in Wisconsin


Weekly facts from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, the state's oldest and most respected private government research organization. Since 1932, WISTAX has been promoting better government and an informed citizenry through its publications, public outreach, and extensive school programs.

Column for the Week of Aug. 28
Equalized Property Reach All Time High
Thinking About Health

"Thinking About Health" by Trudy Lieberman is a twice-monthly column available to any WNA member newspaper. The column is distributed to 17 state newspaper associations through the "Rural Health News Service" and is funded in part by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

Column Released Aug. 14
Stalemate in D.C. Leaves Health Insurance in Limbo

ATTENTION WISCONSIN JOURNALISM STUDENTS AND ADVISERS: Is there an Online Media Campus webinar you’d like to take? The WNA Foundation will sponsor your registration! Contact Jana Shepherd at to register.

Headlines That Pop! – Thursday, Sept. 21 | 1-2 p.m. Register

How to Sell the Value of Digital Without Overselling Your Client – Friday, Sept. 29 | 1-2 p.m. Register
As part of the WNA’s partnership with the Local Media Association, LMA offers special discounted rates on many benefits including webinars to our members. Webinars for association partner members are $29 each ($59 for non-members). See all LMA webinars at

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