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Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Weekly Briefing

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert to speak at Thursday dinner

A new featured speaker and a WNA Foundation fundraising event have been added to the Thursday lineup at the 2017 WNA Convention and Trade Show.

The convention will be held Feb. 23-24 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

Craig Gilbert, Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and author of “The Wisconsin Voter” political blog, will address convention guests during dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. The address will be conducted in an interview format led by Marty Kaiser, former editor of the Journal Sentinel.

Gilbert has covered every presidential campaign since 1988 and written extensively about the electoral battle for swing states in the Midwest.

Also joining the convention speaker roster this week:

We’ll hold an inaugural WNA Foundation Casino Night Fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. following Thursday’s dinner.

Play poker, blackjack, roulette and craps for a chance to win exciting prizes, including an iPad Mini 2! Casino tickets can be purchased along with your registration or on-site.

All proceeds benefit the WNA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports programs that foster excellence in journalism, engage current and future newspaper leaders and invest in our communities.

The event, sponsored by OwnLocal, will be held in conjunction with the President's Reception.

Registration Rates

Member Registration
• First registrant: $95
• Subsequent registrants (same newspaper): $45

After Feb. 19
• First registrant: $110
• Subsequent registrants (same newspaper): $60

College Registration
• Students: $15
• Advisers: $25

Less than two weeks left to book your room

The WNA has reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate for the 2017 WNA Convention and Trade Show at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton. Book your room online or call 608-831-2000 and ask for the Wisconsin Newspaper Association block by Feb. 7.
Register Online

Use the WNA Convention app, win prizes

We have a new app for the 2017 WNA Convention & Trade Show this year, and we’re not above offering a bribe or two (or three) to get you to use it.

Earn points by posting messages, comments, photos and more on the app’s private social media network. We’ll be giving away prizes to the three users with the most points at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and you can begin earning points right now!


  • First Place — A mobile journalism kit, which includes a portable power bank, a lavalier mic for smartphones, a 32 GB flash drive for iPhone or Android and a 3-in-1 cell phone camera lens kit.
  • Second Place — A Hubsan X4 H107C Micro Drone
  • Third Place — A professional smartphone rig (tripod mount, filmmaker grip and traveler stand)

How to earn points

  • 4 points — Post a photo or post a message on the Activity Stream
  • 3 points — Comment on a post or receive a comment on one of your posts
  • 2 points — Like a post, receive a Like on one of your posts or vote in a poll 

What else can you do with the app?

  • Rate and review sessions and speakers in real time
  • Send private messages to other convention guests
  • Post comments and photos to the app's Activity Stream and your social media accounts simultaneously
  • Add items to your favorites, make personal notes and set reminders
  • Receive alerts on convention news
  • Use interactive maps to navigate to your next session
  • Download session presentations and handouts (when available)

Have you registered online for the convention?
The WNA Convention app already has your profile information. Sign in on the app to claim your profile using your email address and password from the registration website.

Can’t remember your password? You can reset that in the app, too.

Download for iPhone
Download for Android

WNA to help select Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award recipient

Nominations are being sought for the seventh annual Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award, recognizing an individual’s extraordinary contributions to open government or investigative journalism in Wisconsin.

The award is presented jointly by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, the Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and three additional organizations that are joining the selection committee for the first time — the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and University of Madison-Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Read more ...

Bennett named to historic newspaper project board

Beth Bennett, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, has been invited to serve as an advisory board member for the Wisconsin Historical Society’s National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant.

The NDNP provides an opportunity for institutions to contribute digitized newspaper content published between 1690 and 1963 to “Chronicling America,” an online newspaper archive operated by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

The advisory board includes scholars, librarians and journalists who will review and rank proposed newspapers for inclusion in the digital archive. Pending the award of the NDNP grant, board members will meet by teleconference this fall to review the list of proposed newspapers as prepared by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Learn more about the “Chronicaling America” project at

Nominations sought for 2017 Opee Awards

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a state group that works to protect access to public meetings and records, is now accepting nominations for its annual Openness in Government Awards, or Opees. Read more ...

Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame nominations due by Feb. 17

Do you know of an outstanding individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the newspaper industry? The WNA Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame. Inductees for 2017 will be honored this spring during a ceremony in Madison. Read more ...


Richard Gerke

Richard "Rick" Gerke, a production manager for The Press of Ashwaubenon, Howard/Suamico and Hobart, died Jan. 14 at the age of 62.

Gerke grew up in East De Pere and attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for fine arts. He worked as a commercial artist and production manager throughout his career at Pranges, Shopko corporate, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the De Pere Journal, and finally the Ashwaubenon/Howard Suamico Press.

Gerke is survived by his wife, Jeanette; two sons and a granddaughter.

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.

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Best Practices for Public Notice - Thursday, March 2 | 1-2 p.m. Register here >>
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

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The Weekly Briefing is published Thursdays by the staff of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

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