Weekly Briefing | July 19, 2018
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19 lawmakers, WNAF president testify against newsprint tariffs

Nineteen members of Congress as well as newspaper executives, including Wisconsin publisher and WNAF President Andrew Johnson, testified Tuesday before the International Trade Commission in opposition to proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint.  Johnson, publisher of the (Mayville) Dodge County Pionier, the Campbellsport News and the Kewaskum Statesman, testified that the the preliminary import taxes imposed earlier this year have already caused him to reduce his page sizes, eliminate office hours at one of his newspapers, layoff a staff member and reduce the hours of another. He explained that the increased costs — an estimated $23,000 a year for him — would not just be harmful to his newspaper, but would also hurt local businesses and the community. 

Police body camera committee to meet July 26

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Use of Police Body Cameras will meet at 10 a.m. July 26 in Room 411 South of the State Capitol in Madison.

The committee, which includes WNA Foundation Board member and WNA Legal Hotline attorney James Friedman, is tasked with reviewing law enforcement policies regarding body cameras and recommending legislation to establish uniform procedures regarding the retention and release of footage. WisEye is expected to stream coverage of the meeting.

Register for the Trees Retreat by Aug. 10

We’ll return to Eagle River on Aug. 16 & 17 for the WNA Trees Retreat, which will include a workshop on growing revenue with membership subscriptions, networking and idea sharing opportunities and the WNA Memorial Pylon ceremony. Register online by Aug. 10.

NNA Convention to be held Sept. 27-29 in Norfolk, Va.

The National Newspaper Association's 132nd Annual Convention & Trade Show will address pressing business objectives of community newspaper owners, publishers and senior staff with educational sessions and peer sharing activities.

Registration for the convention — Sept. 27-29 in Norfolk, Va. — includes four general sessions, five sets of round table discussion, access to more than 30 exhibitors, tickets to a welcome reception, two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner with entertainment. NNA if offering a 30 percent discount to newspapers who join the association prior to the conference.

Wisconsin Free Press Group Publisher Andrew Johnson is president-elect of the NNA and will host next year's conference at the Pfister in Milwaukee on Oct. 3-5, 2019.

Schlesinger, Stearns to headline Milwaukee Press Club event

The Milwaukee Press Club and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee will present a joint program on Tuesday, July 24 featuring executives from the Milwaukee Brewers: Rick Schlesinger, chief operating officer, and David Stearns, general manager.

The luncheon program will feature an on-the-record discussion between Schlesinger and Stearns and a panel of journalists, followed by Q&A with the audience. The registration deadline is Friday, July 20.

Wheeler Reports takes #LocalGovMatters podcast weekly

The #LocalGovMatters podcast, produced by Wheeler Reports in conjunction with the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, will now be airing weekly instead of every other week. The podcast can be accessed via iTunes or on the Wheeler Report website. It also airs on Rice Lake Radio – 105.5 FM, Waupaca Radio – 96.3 FM, and Sun Prairie Radio – 103.5 FM.
Among Friends
Jon Denk has been hired by Conley Media as the publisher at the (West Bend) Washington County Daily New, while former publisher, Heather Rogge, has been moved into a new position, the newspaper announced Tuesday.

Denk worked in several advertising management roles at Conley Media from 1992-99, before moving onto Lee Enterprises to serve in advertising and operations management roles in Racine, Baraboo, Beaver Dam and Madison.
Heather Rogge will become director of digital and niche publications for all Conley Media publications, including the Daily News, The (Waukesha) Freeman, the (Hartford) Times Press, the (Cedarburg) News Graphic, and the Oconomowoc Enterprise.

Rogge has been with the company for more than 20 years, including time as general manager of the Sunday Post. She was promoted from advertising director to publisher in 2014. Rogge also serves on the WNA Board of Directors
Brian Wilson, editor of the (Medford) Star News, was recognized during last week's International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors' conference for outstanding editorial writing. 

He was named one of the "Golden Dozen" winners, which honors the 12 best editorials of the year for "Wisconsin needs to let a bad law die," which called on the state to let the "Unborn Child Protection Act" die rather than continue a costly court battle to keep it in place. It's the fifth time Wilson has received the award. 
Leland H. “Korny” Krue­ger, publisher of the Marion Advertiser for nearly two decades, died July 12, 2018, at the age of 89.

Krueger purchased the Marion Advertiser with his wife, Nora, in August of 1967. The operated it as a family business until 1985, when they sold the paper to Dan Brandenburg, who still publishes it today. That year his son, Kurt, became editor at the Vilas County News-Review, where he now serves as publisher.
Pearl Harelstad, a former proofreader of 40-plus years at The Chetek Alert died Thursday, July 12. She was 91.

“She had an eye for detail,” said Beth Unbehaun, who worked closely with Harelstad in the mid-1980s, as a typesetter and pasteup artist. Harelstad was also a walking encyclopedia of local people and history, and the area. She would complement the Looking Back section. “She knew those old volumes [of newspaper archives] inside and out,” Unbehaun said in a story published Wednesday in The Alert.

Harelstad retired from in 1993, but continued to fill in as a proofreader through 2009.
Ryan Dohrn,  Brain Swell Media
Steve Haynie, CitySpark
Gordon Borrell, Borrell Associates, & Nancy Lane, Local Media Association
Summer Moore, Gatehouse Media
Monster Worldwide Team with Roxanne Birr, CNHI
Sara Konrad Baranowski, Iowa Falls Times Citizen
The WNA Careers Page is a great resource for employers & job seekers. Recent job postings include: 
Sports editor, Plymouth Review
Sports editor, EagleHerald
Reporter/Editor, Baldwin Bulletin
Freelance Reporter, The Press

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Group of northeast Iowa weekly newspapers. Very productive and would make a great package for a family-run operations or as an addition to a current publication. The package grosses more than $600,000. Call Dave at (319) 250-2770.

Letterpress engravings, wood type, California job case tray

Printing equipment for sale 
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