Weekly Briefing | Aug. 2, 2018
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Commerce Department offers partial reprieve, reduces tariffs

The U.S. Department of Commerce today reduced tariffs imposed earlier this year on Canadian newsprint producers, offering a partial retrieve to publishers who have struggled to absorb increased newsprint costs. Today's announcement reduces the tariffs to just over 20 percent for one large Canadian producer, Catalyst Paper Corp, just under 10 percent for two other big producers, and as little as around 1 percent for others.

The Commerce Department decision is not final. The International Trade Commission can reverse the tariffs in its final determination at the conclusion of its investigation. The ITC is expected to vote on August 29 and issue a ruling on Sept. 17.

Sex offense dashboard offers geographic, demographic data

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Tuesday the launch of an interactive data dashboard offering incident-level details regarding sexual offenses. The dashboard offers geographic visualizations regarding the number of sexual offenses, offense type and offense rate for Wisconsin counties. It also provides aggregate information on weapons used and locations (home, hotel, etc.) of sex offenses, as well as demographic data for victims and offenders. 

How the Star Tribune got to 55,000 digital subscribers

Over the past year, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune has grown its digital subscriber base 30 percent to 55,000. It's far from the 100,000 digital subscribers targeted by Star Tribune publisher Mike Klingensmith, but it represents progress for the publisher whose digital subscription rate slowed to a near standstill two years ago. A recent piece from Digiday discusses how the Star Tribune's digital subscription growth was prompted by targeting different kinds of readers on Facebook, giving registered readers a lighter ad experience and increasing its service journalism.

WNA announces staffing changes

Jordan Schelling, who has spent the last five years as a producer with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, has joined the Wisconsin Newspaper Association as its Membership & Programming Specialist. In addition to overseeing the annual Better Newspaper Contest, Schelling will assist with meeting and event planning, communications and member services. As a producer with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, Schelling produced Green Bay Packers content in print and online for the network's websites, including and Schelling also previously worked as an associate reporter for MLB Advanced Media.

Julia Hunter will become Director of Membership & Communications. In her new position, she will direct communications, training and fundraising efforts for the WNA and the WNA Foundation. She also will manage membership and education development for the association. Hunter, who joined the WNA in 2014 as Member Services Director, previously served as a watchdog reporter and news editor at the (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era, (Binghamton, N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin and the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star.

United Communications Corp. sells 2 Massachusetts newspapers

United Communications Corporation, the parent company of the Kenosha News, has sold two Massachusetts-based newspapers to Triboro Massachusetts News Media Inc., the newspaper reported Wednesday. The (Attleboro) Sun Chronicle and the Foxboro Reporter will join the newly formed media corporation run by Canadian newspaper executive Steven Malkowich, who owns newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.

Art exhibit, contest to honor Central St. Croix News

An art exhibit and contest will celebrate the work of the Central St. Croix News, which published its final issue on Feb. 22, 2018. Any person who read, bought, appeared in, worked for or was part of the news community is invited to attend the art show opening and evening of reminiscing on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Foster Hall in Hammond. There will also be a newspaper art contest, which will award prizes to the best newspaper-related art.

Your Right to Know: Finalists' names should be made public

The final candidates provision of the public records law is routinely violated. In this month's Your Right to Know column from the Freedom of Information Council, Larry Gallup of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin discusses an example that happened when Kent Tempus of the Oconto County Reporter asked for the names of police chief finalists. Gallup also urges the Legislature to specify when the names must be release — and close a loophole that has allowed authorities to dodge the law's intent.
Among Friends
Jason Marvin, who has been a reporter at the Price County Review for the last year and a half, announced in a farewell column published today that his last day with the newspaper will be Aug. 7.

Marvin is leaving the newspaper to take an engineering job in Alabama. In a column that published in the same issue, Editor Seth Carlson wished Marvin well.
Greg Ceilley, who has served as sports editor for The (Plymouth) Review for 30 years, announced his retirement last week

Ceilley's last day was July 23. He wrote in his farewell column that he planned to continue writing sports features part-time for the newspaper.
John H. “Jack” Lussier, nephew of The Capital Times founder William T. Evjue, who went on to become one of Madison’s most prolific philanthropists, died Friday, July 27, 2018, at the age of 90.

In 1963, Lussier became business manager of Madison Newspapers Inc. When Evjue died in 1970, Lussier was named one of his principal heirs and was elected to take his uncle’s place on the board of The Capital Times Co. Although he retired as business manager in 1982, he remained active on The Capital Times’ board and in recent years became its chairman.
Kevin Techau, Smith Mills & Schrock
Jed Williams, Local Media Association
Tim Schmitt, GateHouse Media’s Newsroom Development 
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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

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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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