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Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Weekly Briefing
Thursday, January 4, 2018

'Weathering' a ski race

Wearing moleskin and masks, skiers worked hard to stay warm at the Double Pole Derby on Dec. 30 at the Birkebeiner Trail start line in the Town of Cable. There was a wind chill of approximately 24 below zero at the time. This photo by Terrell Boettcher appeared on the front page of Wednesday's Sawyer County Record in Hayward.

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
Please use revised AB70 ads

The WNA has made available updated house ads for publication in member newspapers as part of an effort to oppose Assembly Bill 70, which would eliminate the publication of local government meeting proceedings in newspapers.

The revised ads are replacements for house ads distributed by the WNA on Dec. 22. Please use the new ads in all future publications.

The ads have been revised to remove references to the date the bill was anticipated to be considered in the Assembly. A vote has not been scheduled at this time.

Digital ads are being developed and will be released when they are available.

If you did not receive the email with the link to download the revised ads, please contact

Read more about WNA's past advocacy efforts on AB70.

What our members are saying about AB70 Have you recently editorialized about AB70? Let us know!
Participate in the 2018 Newspaper Institute survey

The Newspaper Institute (formerly known as the Institute of Newspaper Technology) at the University of Tennessee is conducting an anonymous survey of newspaper publishers and managers to evaluate the state of the newspaper industry. In 2017, the survey was completed by publishers and managers at more than 900 newspapers in the United States and Canada.

Kevin Slimp, director of the Newspaper Institute, said the information collected in the survey will be shared with newspaper associations and other interested groups in the coming months.

The WNA is asking one person (either a publisher or other manager) from each member newspaper to consider completing this anonymous survey.

Take the Newspaper Institute Survey
Nomination deadline for Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics is Monday

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking nominations for the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. Now in its seventh year, the Shadid Award recognizes ethical decisions in reporting stories in any journalistic medium, including, print, broadcast and digital, by those working for established news organizations or publishing individually.

All entries are due by Jan. 8.

The Shadid Award includes a $1,000 prize and travel expenses to accept the award and discuss the reporting at an April 5 ceremony in Washington D.C.

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2018 WNA Convention & Trade Show

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

Watch for updates in the Weekly Briefing and at

Member question: Have you digitized microfilm?

A member of the WNA is looking at options to digitize microfilm copies of their newspaper, but would like to hear input from others who have gone through the process. If you have recommendations or can offer expertise, please email

Harsdorf honors Massey for service to agriculture

The Country Today Editor Jim Massey was honored Dec. 21 for his more than three decades of covering agriculture in Wisconsin by Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf with a proclamation from Gov. Scott Walker.

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New editor joins Clark County Press as Schmidt retires

The Clark County Press is starting the new year with a new editor, as Scott Schultz takes the newspaper’s reins. Schultz, who was raised on a central Clark County dairy farm and for many years was a familiar face in area sports and economic development circles, brings more than 40 years of print-journalism experience to the Press. He will replace the retiring Todd Schmidt, who held the position since 2012.

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Milton Courier welcomes new sports editor

Ben Gauger has joined the Milton Courier as the paper's new sports editor. A Walworth native, Gauger spent a year covering sports in the Northwoods for The Lakeland Times in Minocqua before arriving in Milton. Gauger holds a degree in film and journalism from UW-Milwaukee and is a graduate of Big Foot High School.

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Bette Klister

Bette Klister, who worked as a newspaper reporter for The Kaukauna Times for many years before retirement, died Dec. 24 of congestive heart failure. She was born in 1926, grew up in Kaukauna and married Jerry Klister, who preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held for immediate family at a later date.

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Helen Shenefield

Helen Klieforth Shenefield, former news editor of the Stoughton Courier Hub, died Dec. 22 of complications from pneumonia. She was 88. Shenefield was born in 1929 and graduated from Oshkosh High School and from Marquette University's College of Journalism. After working for the Courier-Hub, she joined the Madison United Way and Community Welfare Council as publicity director. As a freelance writer, she wrote for many magazines and for several newspapers. She is survived by two sons, three daughters, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Shenefield was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; and a grandchild. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 in Oshkosh.

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Your Right to Know
Lawmakers should keep promise on transparency

Has the state Assembly kept its 2015 commitment to ensure the public records law is “preserved without modification or degradation?” In this month's "Your Right to Know" column, reporter Jonathan Anderson of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin highlights some recent events to consider.

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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. Jeff Mayers, the president of, is a former editor and reporter for the Associated Press and a former political writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: This column is provided to Wisconsin Newspaper Association members by Proper attribution to is appreciated.

Column for the Week of Jan. 8
Wrongful conviction victims could get more compensation

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 Jan. 8
10 Legendary Bars in Wisconsin | Download Photos


Weekly facts from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, the state's oldest and most respected private government research organization. Since 1932, WISTAX has been promoting better government and an informed citizenry through its publications, public outreach, and extensive school programs.

Column for the Week of Jan. 8
Slowed local taxes drive decline in state’s tax burden
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.

2018 Winning in Classified Revenue: Auto, Real Estate and Employment – Thursday, Jan. 11 | 1 p.m. Register

Making Video Work in Your Newsroom – Friday, Jan. 12 | 1 p.m. Register

Video Strategies for Newsrooms to Grow Audience – Thursday, Feb. 15 | 1 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). See all LMA webinars at

Multi-Dimensional Audience Growth: Why Your Future is Dependent on It – Tuesday, Jan. 9 | 2 p.m. Register
WNA members get a discounted rate of $15 per Inland Press webinar. Non members are welcome at $25 per webinar. See all Inland Press Association webinars at

No webinars are currently scheduled.
View the latest career opportunities and submit your own job listing or resume on the WNA's careers page. Available positions:
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

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.

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