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Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Weekly Briefing

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Urge readers to attend listening sessions

Over the next three weeks, members of the Joint Finance Committee will host several public hearings throughout Wisconsin in order to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed budget. WNA members should encourage readers to attend these hearings and speak out against language that aims to remove publication requirements for more than 50 types of legal notices. Read more here. 

These notices include meeting minutes, budget notices, financial reports, ordinances and resolutions. If approaved, local municipalities would be responsible for posting notices on their own website. 

Public hearings include:

  • April 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Ullsvick Hall
  • April 5: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis
  • April 7: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Berlin High School, Auditorium
  • April 18: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Spooner High School, Auditorium
  • April 19: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ellsworth High School, Gymnasium
  • April 21: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marinette High School, Auditorium
Download ads opposing public notice changes. 
Panel recommends purging dismissed charges from online court records

Wisconsin's online system for tracking court cases would no longer display criminal charges if they are dismissed or the defendant is acquitted, under new recommendations by an oversight committee.

The recommendations for the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access site were made last week by a panel that is charged with giving guidance to J. Denis Moran, the director of state courts. The changes would affect what the public can see in online court records but not what records are available for viewing in courthouses — those wouldn't change.

The four committee members voting against the proposed changes to the online system were: Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council; Beth Bennett, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association; Michelle Vetterkind, president of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association; and Kate Spitz, an assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice.

Read more here.

Campaign aims to #SupportRealNews

The News Media Alliance launched its "Support Real News" campaign on Wednesday. The campaign calls on the public to show their support for real news, provided by respected and trusted news organizations.

As part of the campagin, the group has made several print, digital, social and video resources available to news outlets to help raise awareness and promote the importance of real news. 

Reminder: Sample ballot ROP, inserts must include WNAXLP coding

As sample ballots are provided to the newspapers for legal publication prior to the upcoming elections, care must be taken to ensure WNAXLP appears on the notice. 

If the sample ballot will be provided as an insert and provided to the newspaper, be sure to request the clerk include "WNAXLP" on each page of the ballot. Explain, if necessary, that Wisconsin statute now requires all legal notices published in newspapers must also appear on the WNA's public notice website — In order for this to occur, notices must be coded as mentioned. 

If the ballot is published ROP, it must contain the WNAXLP on all pages where information is printed. 

If the county provides you with an insert that does not include the coding, please forward a copy to the WNA Office and we will code and post the ballot to the public notice website. 

Daily Cardinal to mark 125th birthday with alumni talks

Alumni of one of the nation’s oldest student newspapers will return to UW-Madison this weekend to celebrate The Daily Cardinal’s 125th birthday.

About 160 former Cardinal staffers are expected to attend a gala and slate of panel discussions on Saturday, including talks about the paper’s history, advertising and the future of investigative journalism. Current students are also preparing a special anniversary edition of the Cardinal.

Discussions are free and open to UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and alumni. They will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Vilas Hall, the campus building that has housed the paper for decades after being built on the site of former Cardinal offices.

A full list of speakers and panels can be found at

Read more here. 


Donald George Albrecht

Donald George Albrecht, former editor of the Bayfield County Press, died Friday March 24, after a year-long struggle with cancer.

Albrecht was born Nov. 11, 1949, in St. Joseph, Mich., the son of Arnold Albrecht and Hazel (Epley) Albrecht. He earned an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, an MA from University of Wisconsin–Superior, and his MFA from Rockport College in Maine.

Don joined the Bayfield County Press in 1975 as a part-time editor, eventually managing all three of the county's weekly newspapers. He eventually went on to become Northland College’s public relations director.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday April 1 at the Pavilion in Bayfield, with a reception to follow also at the pavilion. Visiting time will begin at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or to the Don Albrecht Maritime History Endowment c/o the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund (AIACF), P.O. Box 332, Bayfield, WI 54814.

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.

Communicating and Collaborating Across Generations - Thursday, April 20 | 1-2 p.m. Register

Digital Projects: Starting From Scratch - Wednesday, April 26 | 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). Register for all LMA webinars at

Facebook Branded Content Posts: What You Need to Know! - Tuesday, April 11 | 2-2:45 p.m.

A Framework for Local Digital Media Sales - Thursday, April 13 | 2-2:30 p.m.

Video Success: What Comes After the Hard Part? - Thursday, April 20 | 2-2:30 p.m.

Giving the Perfect Dealer Presentation - Tuesday, April 27 | 2-2:30 p.m.
WNA members can take advantage of reduced registration rates for webinars on Kevin Slimp's Newspaper Academy online community, featuring some of the most highly sought after trainers and speakers in the newspaper industry. Register for all Newspaper Academy webinars at

Tim Smith: Staying Positive in a Negative World - Thursday, April 13 | 10 a.m.

Ed Henninger: Design Between the Ears - Thursday, April 27 | 10 a.m.

Kevin Slimp: InDesign - From Zero to Hero! The Basics and Much More - Thursday, April 27 | 1 p.m.

Tim Smith: Sales Webinar - Improving Communication Skills - Thursday, May 4 | 2 p.m.

Ed Henninger: News Design 101 - All Basics, No Bull - Thursday, May 25 | 10 a.m.

Ed Henninger: 10 Surefire Ways to Improve Newspaper Design - Thursday, June 1 | 10 a.m.

Tim Smith: Selling Print in a Digital World - Thursday, June 1 | 2 p.m.

Richard Hollow: 10 Legal Questions Newspapers Ask - Thursday, June 22 | 1 p.m.
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