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Weekly Briefing
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Going to state

Elation broke out on the bench of the Chilton/Hilbert wrestling team recently as the team clinched a berth in the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament. The tournament will be held this Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This photo by Craig Hoffman appeared on the front page of today's Tri-County News in Kiel.

The WNA features work produced by Wisconsin's photojournalists in each issue of the Weekly Briefing. Have a photo you'd like to share? Email the photo, credit and cutline information to
WNA members encouraged to attend NNA lobby day in Washington, D.C.

Consider attending the upcoming National Newspaper Association (NNA) lobby day on March 15 in Washington D.C. as a member of the Wisconsin newspaper delegation. The lobby day is part of the NNA Community Newspaper Leadership Summit.

You do not need to be a member of the NNA to attend the lobby day.

It is imperative that the newspaper industry make its concerns known to Congress regarding the tariff that is currently being imposed on the Canadian importation of newsprint into the United States. The Wisconsin congressional delegation needs to hear that this is a LOCAL issue … that it will adversely affect the newspaper industry in Wisconsin.

The determination by the Department of Commerce on whether the import tariff will become permanent will be handed down in late May of this year. 

Since 2007, 78 paper machines in North America producing newsprint were either closed or converted to produce other paper grades. Forty nine of those machine closures were in Canada.

This represents a more than 75 percent reduction in North American newsprint consumption since 2000. This continuing trend indicates that as the supply of newsprint contracts in North America, newspaper publishers and printers in the U.S. will find it increasingly difficult to procure enough to support their business.

There is currently not enough production capacity in the U.S. to fill current demand. If the tariff currently being imposed (as high as 9 percent) on Canadian imports is made permanent, suppliers may decide to convert newsprint production to other grades of paper.

If this reduction were to occur, where will your newsprint come from?

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Get the scoop on Wisconsin's water

The Wisconsin Humanities Council will host "Wisconsin's Water Future," a half-day workshop on April 26 that will provide reporters with background information, resources and tips for covering news about Wisconsin's water. The workshop will discuss the state's rich water heritage, issues regarding water quantity and quality, how to find data to develop stories and more. The workshop, part of the council's "Beyond the Headlines" series, is sponsored in part by the WNA. It will be moderated by Ron Seely, an award-winning science and environmental journalist who wrote for the Wisconsin State Journal for nearly 35 years. There is no fee to register for the workshop.

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Journalists invited to attend seminar on religion reporting in Madison

Upper House in Madison invites Madison-area journalists to a free seminar on religion reporting Friday, March 9. The session features Bob Smietana, a veteran religion reporter and former president of the Religion News Association. His experience includes working at the Nashville Tennessean, Religion News Service, and Christianity Today. Smietana will discuss the diverse religious landscape in the U.S. and help reporters find a religion angle in a wide variety of experiences. Participation in the three-hour seminar is limited to 25 people, and advance registration is required. Lunch is included.

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Congressman to introduce anti-trust safe harbor bill for newspaper companies

In a column published this week in The Wall Street Journal, News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern (pictured at right) announced that Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, is expected to introduce a bill soon that would amend anti-trust laws to incorporate a safe harbor, allowing news publishers to negotiate with big tech platforms like Facebook and Google to drive needed ad dollars back to the deserving parties – the news publishers.

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Prepare for Sunshine Week March 11-17

WNA members are encouraged to participate in Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide initiative to promote open government. This year's Sunshine Week runs March 11-17.

The goal of Sunshine Week is to spark a nationwide discussion about the critical importance of access to public information. The initiative is sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Newspapers can promote Sunshine Week by publishing stories, editorials, columns, cartoons and graphics highlighting government openness. ASNE and RCFP have made several items available in an online toolkit.

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Journal Sentinel to host MPI's 'Great Bosses Boot Camp'

Management expert Jill Geisler will lead a one-day interactive workshop on how to be a great newsroom boss during the Mid-America Press Institute's "Great Bosses Boot Camp" March 24 at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The cost is $40 for MPI members and $50 for nonmembers.

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April 12-13, 2018  |  Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713

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New reporter joins Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Chris Higgins, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, recently joined the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen as a reporter. Higgins will primarily be responsible for covering the city of Beaver Dam. He previously served as a reporter and a news editor at the Daily Iowan, UI’s independently run student newspaper, where he covered higher education.

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Your Right to Know
Let the sunshine in!

As we approach this year’s annual celebration of Sunshine Week, March 11-17, it’s worth recalling times when people entrusted with our tax dollars have stood up for our right to know, writes Mark Pitsch, assistant city editor of the Wisconsin State Journal. But too often government agencies and elected officials pledge fidelity to openness while acting to keep us in the dark. In this month's "Your Right to Know" column, Pitsch highlights some recent examples.

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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 provides a weekly analysis of issues being debated in Wisconsin state government. The column is underwritten by the WNA and produced exclusively for its members by, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics. The byline should read “By”. Proper attribution to is appreciated.

EDITORS: Please include the following tagline at the end of the column – “The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics, and is distributed for publication by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.”

Column for the Week of March 5
Months-long dispute ends as acting administrator steps down from Elections Commission
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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 March 5
Expect the Unexpected: 15 Things to Do in Beloit

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Fiscal Facts

Weekly facts from the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic education.

NOTE TO EDITORS: “Fiscal Facts” replaces “WISTAX Facts,” which was produced by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and Public Policy Forum merged on Jan. 1, 2018, and is now the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

Column for the Week of March 5
Property Tax Trends Vary Widely in Wisconsin
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Online Media Campus is a partnership of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation and press associations throughout the United States and Canada, offering high-quality, low-cost online training to media professionals. The cost is $35 per webinar. Webinar packages are also available.

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.
Upcoming Webinars
Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m.
Flipping Objections on the Spot!
Presenter: Ryan Dohrn, founder of Brain Swell Media
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Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m.
Understanding Analytics
Presenter: Sherri Horton, data scientist for GateHouse Media
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Archive Spotlight
Online Media Campus offers access to more than 200 archived training webinars! Check out the featured archived webinars below or see what's available in the editorial, revenue, digital age, management, technology and circulation categories.
What Works and What Doesn't Work for Site Design
Presenter: Natalie (Talia) Stroud, associate professor of communication studies and journalism and director of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
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Advertising is NOT Marketing! Tips from the Media Marketer
Presenter: Stuart Arnold, founder of Strategic Planning Specialists
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Maximizing Your Digital Revenue – Don't Leave Money on the Table!
Presenter: Max Freund, multimedia reporter, web developer and digital news product manager for The Gazette Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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
Upcoming Webinars
Tuesday, March 6 at 2 p.m.
Why 2018 is Such a Critical Year
Presenter: Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates
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Tuesday, April 17 at 2 p.m.
Beyond the Click – Other measurable actions that should be part of your digital campaigns
Presenter: Brock Berry, founder and CEO of Adcellerant
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WNA members get a discounted rate of $15 per Inland Press Association webinar. Non members are welcome at $25 per webinar. See all Inland Press Association webinars at
Upcoming Webinars
Tuesday, March 6 at 2 p.m.
The Generations: Bridging Age Differences, Eliminating Age Bias and Implicit Bias
Presenter: Camille Olson, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m.
Using all your sales tools: Selling effective multi-channel campaigns
Presenter: Greg Swanson, partner/business development leader, and Destination Commerce Corp.’s OneBoat community CMS
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There is no charge for members of the WNA to place help wanted ads on the WNA's website. Use the submission form on the website to post your ad or submit your ad by email to Ads will appear online for 30 days and are included in the Weekly Briefing.

Current Openings
Circulation Director – The Journal Times, Racine
Managing Editor – Advertiser Community News, Seymour
Reporter – Ozaukee Press, Port Washington
Account Executive – Kenosha News
Reporter – Conley Media, West Bend
Managing Editor – Lodi Enterprise & Poynette Press
News Reporters – The Shawano Leader
Special Sections Editor – Lake Geneva Regional News
Sports Editor – Lake Mills Leader and Cambridge News/Deerfield Independent
Editor – Hillsboro Sentry Enterprise
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Need to get rid of an old bundle tying machine, replace a worn out piece of equipment or sell your publication? Wisconsin Newspaper Association members are welcome to place “for sale” or “items wanted” ads in the Weekly Briefing and on the Buy-Sell-Trade page of the WNA's website for free. Submit your ads by email to
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For Sale

Letterpress engravings, wood type, California job case tray – Golden Members Dave and Gretchen Skoloda have downsized so there’s no wall space for their collection of letterpress engravings, wood type and a California job case tray. We have about two dozen examples of wood type and a dozen or so engravings. Make an offer to or 608 781 7502.

Small town community newspaper for sale. The Marion Advertiser has published weekly without interruption since 1895. It is now time to turn the business over to someone else. Owner has been with the business since 1967 and along with his wife, has owned it since 1985. Currently run as a mom and pop business with a part time salesman. Good cash flow from a 16 page broadsheet with nearly 1900 subscribers plus around 200 over the counter sales each week. If you are interested, please contact Dan at

Printing equipment for sale – Wisconsin Newspress, Inc. 113 E. Mill St., Plymouth, WI, 920-893-6411 ext. 29; has the following printing equipment for sale:
  • 2013 Cheshire 7000 with 2″ Videojet addressing head, computer and software. Asking $15,000
  • 2006 Cheshire 7000 with 2″ Videojet addressing head, computer and software. Asking $7,500
  • 2013 Bunn 1691 tying machine. $2000
  • Bunn 1691 tying machine. $1000
  • 2000 Screen Katana 5055 FTP imagesetter, Xitron Navigator RIP. $2500
  • 2001 Screen Katana 5055 FTP imagesetter, Xitron Navigator RIP, no dongle. $2000
  • Southern Lithoplate subtractive aluminum plates 36x24x.008 $1.75 ea. 1800 available
  • Southern LIthoplate plate developer 5 gal. cubes $40 ea. 10 available
  • Southern LIthoplate plate finisher 5 gal. cubes $40 ea. 14 available
  • Nu-Arc Flip-Top 6000 watt plate exposure machines $500 2 available.
  • Nu-Arc Flip-Top 3000 watt plate exposure machine $500.
  • Graham plate processor $500

Copy waxer – We are searching for a Daige-type copy waxer in working order. We occasionally use the waxer for mocking up a special section. Contact or call Gary Ridderbusch at Vilas County News-Review at 715-479-4421.

Electrical parts (sensors) for a hand-fed Auto Labe labeling machine, or if anyone has a hand-fed labeler they would like to get rid of, the Courier Press in Prairie du Chien is looking. Please call (608) 326-2441. Ask for Steve.

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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