Weekly Briefing | May 3, 2018
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WNA joins STOPP Coalition in effort to fight newsprint tarrifs
The WNA has joined a coalition of associations and companies fighting the newsprint tariffs that threaten more than 600,000 jobs across the country. 

Preliminary tariffs have already prompted a 30 percent increase in the price of newsprint. With the International Trade Commission scheduled to hold a hearing in July and make its final decision in August or September, the WNA urges its members to join the coalition and contact congress today.
Trees Retreat to be held Aug. 16-17 in Eagle River

The WNA's annual Trees Retreat is scheduled for August 16-17 in Eagle River, Wis. A block of rooms is available at the Days Inn Eagle River for $114/night. Rooms can be reserved by calling (715) 479-5151 and asking for the "Wisconsin Newspaper" block by July 16. Registration and program details will be announced in early June. 
Wisconsin ranked third in government spending transparency
In a U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) report ranking all 50 states' transparency websites based on content and user-friendliness, Wisconsin's site ranked third — in a tie with Minnesota — for providing online access to government spending. Wisconsin was docked points for not posting the amount spent on contracted legal services by the attorney general and the site's lack of simplified financial statements intended for citizen use. 
Study examines 40 years of records lawsuits involving UW System
New research shows media outlets that sue for access to University of Wisconsin System public records have a good chance of winning, according to the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council's recent Your Right to Know column by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporter Jonathan Anderson and UW-Milwaukee professor David Pritchard.

The two analyzed 34 lawsuits in which a UW entity was sued under the public records law between 1978 and 2017. Of the 18 cases originating from news organizations, core records were released every time, even if some information was withheld. The study by Anderson and Pritchard, which highlights the vital role of journalists in holding public entities accountable, will be published in the Journal of College and University Law later this year.
Newsrooms unite for World Press Freedom Day

News organizations from across the globe
have come together in partnership with UNESCO to celebrate the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. The "Media Unite for Press Freedom" campaign encourages readers to actively engage with alternative news sources, building on the intention that consulting a plurality of media, arguments and facts creates a better informed citizenry.
AP Stylebook updates include rule changes for collisions, Walmart
The Associated Press announced several AP Stylebook changes Friday at the annual American Copy Editors Society conference in Chicago. The updates drop the previous rule that two objects must be in motion before they collide, eliminate hyphens from 3D and Walmart Inc., and urge care with the use of the words survivor and victim.
Among Friends
Chris Stegman, president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has been promoted to national vice president of grocery for Gannett, where he will oversee the division and focus primarily on advertising and marketing opportunities with larger supermarket chains in the U.S.  

In the story announcing the change, Eddie Tyner, regional president-metro Midwest for Gannett and the USA TODAY NETWORK, noted that Wisconsin is one of Gannett's most important markets and serious effort will be put into finding the right person to succeed Stegman.
The watercolor paintings of Char Olson, who launched the Sauk Prairie Eagle as well as other publications with her husband Bart, will be the subject of a monthlong exhibit at Baraboo's Al. Ringling Theatre beginning May 11.

Olson's art depicts natural objects, particularly grapes, trees and lilacs. The organizer of the gallery's monthly exhibits called Olson's watercolor work masterful, noting it had been requested by many people, in a feature story Tuesday in the Baraboo News Republic
Mike Kornemann, former publisher of Madison Magazine, has joined The Capital Times as chief revenue officer, a new position, the newspaper announced Monday

Kornemann, who was born in Milwaukee and raised in Grafton, Wis., graduated from the UW-Madison. He worked as a sales representative and sales manager at Capital Newspapers before becoming advertising director of Madison Magazine in 2000. He was promoted to publisher of the magazine in 2012. 
Bob Heisse joined the Kenosha News last week as the newspaper's executive editor.

Heisse previously served as executive editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster), the State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) and the Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.). Heisse received Inland Press' Community Leadership Award in 2010 and 2016 and APME's Innovator Award in 2016.

Heisse succeeds Interim Executive Editor Steve Delaney, who discussed the strength of community journalism in his recent farewell column.
Nathan Conyers, co-founder of The Milwaukee Times, died Friday at his home in Milwaukee. He was 72.

Conyers founded the newspaper, which was originally called the Christian Times, with Louvenia Johnson and Luther Golden in 1981. As it expanded to cover issues of general interest to Milwaukee's African American community, it was renamed. The Christian Times remains a standing feature section to this day. 

Conyers was also the founder of the Milwaukee Times' Black Excellence Awards.
Laura "Daisy" Mackrill, who delivered newspapers on a rural route, died Monday, April 23, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. She was 68.

Mackrill, of Barronett, Wis., also served as a school bus driver for the Cameron school district and owned her own business painting homes with her daughter. 

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The Wisconsin Openness Report is a weekly newsletter produced by the WNA highlighting coverage of public records, open meetings and First Amendment issues. Stories featured in the most recent issue include:

Taxpayers to pay $2,000 to settle records lawsuit

City of Lake Geneva wants records lawsuit thrown out

Milwaukee commission revotes after violating Open Meetings Law

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