Weekly Briefing | May 24, 2018
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Survey: Wisconsin publishers reducing page counts, staff in response to imposed preliminary tariffs
Preliminary results of the WNA's newsprint tariff survey show that more than 90 percent of publishers who responded have implemented changes because of the newsprint price increase prompted by the tariffs. So far, 27 publishers have responded to the survey.  If you haven't taken the survey yet, we urge you to take a minute to provide your input to help us in the effort to represent your interests and defeat the imposition of a permanent newsprint tariff.
WNA to partner members, schools for Wisconsin Civics Games
WNA staff will be reaching out via email in the coming days to publishers and editors at member newspapers as the association prepares to launch the Wisconsin Civics Games, an effort to bolster civic engagement among Wisconsin youth. The high school teams will be sponsored by nearby WNA member newspapers, who will be asked to highlight real-world applications in print and/or online that could be used by team coordinators to help students prepare for questions that will be asked at regional events and the statewide final, which will be held in early 2019 in Madison.
   Illustration by Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal
Rural journalists sought for year-long fellowship covering jail crisis
Deadline to apply is June 4
The Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College is accepting applications for a year-long media fellowship program designed to strengthen the capacity of journalists in rural and smaller jurisdictions to investigate the causes of the growth in jail populations, and report on policy remedies and alternatives. Fellows will kick off the program at a two-day, expenses-paid conference June 10-11 in New York. Special preference will be given to media in small or rural areas, or those covering state capitals.
William T. Evjue Center opens at Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo
The William T. Evjue Visitor Center opened Wednesday at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison. The center, which was built in the former site of the aviary, includes a mural recounting the history of the zoo as well as meeting space and office space. William T. Evjue was the founder, publisher and editor of The Capital Times. He also served as a state legislator.
Pulse market research reveals consumer habits, effectiveness of newspaper advertising
The results of a recent consumer survey by Pulse Research, conducted last year in partnership with the WNA, are now available. The data can be a useful tool for sales reps looking to identify new clients or develop current efforts. Among trends revealed by the research, respondents said they were 20 percent more likely to seek out or purchase local products or services after seeing a newspaper ad than they are after hearing or seeing a radio or television ad.
Among Friends
Diane Everson, publisher of the Edgerton Reporter, was honored Wednesday at the 2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Trailblazer awards recognize the rich legacy of women's business ownership in Wisconsin and highlight the its positive economic impact. Everson joined the paper after college, becoming co-publisher with her mother Helen in 1992, and publisher in 2017. She's the recipient of several national and state newspaper awards and, in 2013, was inducted into the WNA's Newspaper Hall of Fame. 
Longtime journalist Don G. Langenkamp, of Green Bay, died Friday, May 18. He was 73.  
Langenkamp graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in English before going on to work for multiple newspapers, most notable the Green Bay Press-Gazette, where he worked for more than 25 years. He was named National Sportswriter of the Year in 1977 and won awards for column writing from the WNA in 1981 and 1984.
Richard "Dick" Hall, a longtime woodlands columnist for The Country Today, died Tuesday, May 8 in Sheboygan Falls. He was 87. 

Hall was a contributing columnist to the paper for more than 18 years. He retired from the position in 2015. He began his column writing career in 1993 with the Oshkosh Northwestern. He said one of his most memorable columns was an essay on the earn-a-buck deer management program written in 2010 that won an Outdoor Writers of America award. He also won several writing awards from the WNA.
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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:

Newspaper objects to closed session meeting

Schimel planned to keep secret records of trip, emails show

Middle school principal candidates named in open records response

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