Weekly Briefing | June 7, 2018
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Pew Research Center releases 2018 State of the Media fact sheets
Since 2004, Pew Research Center has issued an annual report on key audience and economic indicators for a variety of sectors within the U.S. news media industry. The research speaks to the shifting ways in which Americans seek out news and information, how news organizations get their revenue, and the resources available to American journalists as they seek to inform the public about important events of the day. The center released updated digital news and broadcasting fact sheets this week.
Friedman to serve on police body cam legislative study committee
Godfrey & Kahn attorney James Friedman, who represents the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and also serves on the WNA Foundation Board of Directors, has been selected to sit on the Legislative Council Study Committee on Police Body Cameras. The committee is tasked with reviewing law enforcement body camera policies and recommending legislation to establish uniform procedures regarding the retention and release of footage.
Juneau County Messenger closes following resignation of staff
A note left on the office door at The (Elroy) Messenger of Juneau County says the newspaper is closing permanently, the Juneau County Star-Times reported. The note, taped to the inside of the publication's front door, states, "We are sad to announce the Messenger of Juneau County has closed, effective June 6, 2018. The newspaper will no longer be published following the resignation of the paper’s staff." Phil Calian, owner of the newspaper, told the Star-Times that the editor resigned and he was unable to find a replacement.
Call your congressman: Urge them to sign on to WNA tariff letter
As the International Trade Commission's review of proposed newsprint tariffs approaches, WNA members are urged to call their congressional representatives and ask them to sign on to a letter opposing the harmful tariffs. The letter is being circulated by U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend).
Among Friends
The Tomahawk Leader recently celebrated the tenure of four longtime employees who are retiring from the newspaper. (Pictured from left) Alice Gray, Sherryl Scheller, Phyllis Gorecki and Dalpha Halvorson have nearly 80 years of experience among them, Publisher Kathy Tobin wrote in her column. 
Sarah Ann Mihor has joined the (Wautoma) Waushara Argus as news editor.

Mihor, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May and moved to Wautoma the next day, previously worked as a writer/editor for Eau Claire's Queen of the Castle magazine. She was also a grant writing intern for the nonprofit organization, Girls on the Run. She replaces Katie Schaefer who resigned April 20 to take a position with the Wautoma Area School District.
Ryan Broege has been named managing editor of the Lodi Enterprise/Poynette Press.

Broege was previously editor of the (Brodhead) Independent-Register, where he covered agriculture, courts, police, local politics and economic development. In 2012, he graduated from UW-Platteville, where he worked at the student newspaper, with a degree in professional writing.
Julia Wolf, who recently graduated from (Des Moines, Iowa) Drake University with degrees in journalism and political science, has joined the (Cornell) Courier Sentinel as a reporter and photographer
Wolf grew up on a dairy farm in Dorchester and said she always knew she wanted to go into journalism
Dustin Brown, a former attorney with Godfrey & Kahn, has joined the legal writing faculty for the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Brown, who focused in media and public access law, helped man the WNA Legal Hotline in recent years. His last day at Godfrey & Kahn was Friday, June 1.
Longtime journalist Karen Rouse has been named the new editor of the (Mayville) Dodge County Pionier. Rouse replaces Samantha Teeters.
Thomas Francis Kaeser, former sports editor for the (Marinette) EagleHerald, died May 29. He was 69. 

Kaeser joined the (Menominee) Herald-Leader as a sports writer and worked as sports editor for several years before the newspaper's 1995 merger with the (Marinette) Eagle-Star. He retired from the EagleHerald four years ago. He also previously worked as a sports writer for the (Appleton) Post-Crescent.

William "Bill" C. Carey, a former journalist who also spent 25 years as the city of Milwaukee's fiscal coordinator and lobbyist, died May 28. He was 89.

As a young man, Bill was elected to the Fond du Lac County Board at age 21 while working for the Fond du Lac Reporter and KFIZ radio station as a reporter and newscaster. He went on to join the Milwaukee Sentinel staff as city hall reporter followed by the Appleton Post Crescent as an investigative and labor reporter, as well as member of the editorial board. 
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Revamping Your Sports Coverage Plan 
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How to Turn Facebook’s Changes Into Big Ad Dollars!
Ryan Dohrn, Brain Swell Media
Whether you're looking for a new job or are hoping to fill a position, the WNA Careers Page is a great resource. Recent job postings include: 
Page Designer, Lee Enterprises in Munster, Ind.
State Government Reporter, Wisconsin State Journal in Madison
Education Reporter, Wisconsin State Journal in Madison
The Augusta Area Times/Tri County News in Osseo
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