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Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Weekly Briefing

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Expert lineup planned for 2017 WNA Convention

The schedule for the 2017 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Convention & Trade Show is quickly filling up with educational sessions led by experts in reporting, advertising sales, management and digital media. The convention will be held Feb. 23-24 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

Some of the sessions include:

To learn more about the convention lineup, go to

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
Register Online

Book your hotel room by Feb. 7

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.
Book a Room

Going to this year's WNA Convention? There's an app for that

Navigating the WNA Convention & Trade Show has never been easier!

• Create your own custom schedule
• See who is attending and interact with colleagues
• Receive push notifications
Review speakers
• Compete for exciting prizes.

Download the app today for your iPhone or Android or use the web app for other mobile devices.

WNA Foundation seeking nominees for the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame

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 ...

Need press credentials for 2017?

Two types of press credentials are available to WNA members. Either must be requested by a publisher, general manager or editor.

  1. Paper Press Card: Valid for the current year and available at no charge. To order, contact Julia Hunter or call 608-283-7622.
  2. Photo ID Badge: A two-year badge is available for $10 (includes shipping). Order online

Promote public notices with WNA, NMA ads

The News Media Alliance has released new house ads to promote the importance of keeping public notices in newspapers. The ads are available to newspapers nationwide for free use. The WNA website also has a public notice toolkit that includes several print and web ads to promote public notices and the statewide public notice website,

Download News Media Alliance ads
Download WNA ads


The Inland Press Association is offering a "Best Practices for Public Notice" webinar at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The webinar will focus on the state of public notices and what every publisher should do to help the industry maintain its rightful position as the publisher of public notices. Read more...

CJR: An open letter to Trump from the U.S. press corps

Kyle Pope, editor in chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, has penned an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump asserting the press' rights and responsibilities when it comes to reporting on the new administration.  Read more ...

National 'Faces' project reaches 50K photos

A two-year effort to locate photos of every Wisconsin service member listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed in 2015, thanks in large part to WNA members who helped track down more than 450 missing photos.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund announced earlier this month it had received the 50,000th photo for its virtual Wall of Faces, an effort to collect and publicly display photos of each of the 58,315 service members who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. 
Read more ...


The Country Today celebrating 40 years

Known as "The Newspaper That Cares About Rural Life," The Country Today is marking its 40th anniversary this month. The Country Today was first published on Jan. 26, 1977, as a free distribution newspaper with a circulation of about 24,000 farm families in west-central Wisconsin. It became a paid-circulation publication in 1983. Read more ...

Marvin joins Price County Review

Jason Marvin, a 2000 graduate of Park Falls High School, is the newest staff reporter for the Price County Review.

Marvin earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2005 and recently graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering. Read more ...

Jozwiak retires after 19 years with Lodi Enterprise

Terri Jozwiak retired as the "office czar" of the Lodi Enterprise on Wednesday after nearly 19 years with the Enterprise and three years with the Poynette Press. Both publications are housed in the same office in Lodi and are owned by Hometown News Limited Partnership.

Jozwiak began working for the Enterprise in 1998 — then under the ownership of Bill and Jan Haupt — managing classifieds and subscriptions. Her duties grew over the years to include managing club news, the paper's "Heritage" page and other projects.

An open house to congratulate Jozwiak will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Spring Creek Restaurant, 118 S. Main St., Lodi.


Janet Kracher

Janet Kracher, a correspondent for The Courier in Waterloo/Marshall from 1989 to 2004, died Jan. 6 at the age of 100.

Kracher spent her career working as a teacher and later became a correspondent for the local newspaper in her retirement years. She had at least one article published each week during that 15-year period, totaling more than 500 articles and photos in her lifetime.

Kracher is survived by her two daughters, Jo Prust and Nancy Valesh; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned for late May. Memorials are being suggested to the Marshall Historical Society or the Colonial Club.

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.

Successfully Negotiating on Value vs. Price - Friday, Feb. 24 | 1-2 p.m. Register here >>

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

Transforming a Local Media Company - Thursday, Jan. 19 | 11-11:30 a.m.

2017 in Local Marketing: Is Anything a Sure Bet Anymore? - Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 11-11:30 a.m.

Custom Advertiser Promotions: Deliver Measurable Results! - Tuesday, Feb. 14 | 2-2:20 p.m. 'Quick Bite'
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    • Editor — Burnett County Sentinel
    • Editor — Oconto County Times Herald
    • Sports Reporter — Lake Geneva Regional News
    • Reporter — The Herald-Independent and McFarland Thistle, Cottage Grove; and The Courier, Waterloo
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The Weekly Briefing is published Thursdays by the staff of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

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