Weekly Briefing | June 21, 2018
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Censored graduation speech reaches national audience after being published by local newspaper

When a Wisconsin high school valedictorian decided against speaking at her graduation after school administrators attempted to censor her, the Tomahawk Leader published her speech in its entirety. 

It has since received more attention than author Cait Christenson (pictured right) could have ever imagined. Her silenced speech, which discussed discrimination, school shootings and gender inequality, has since been referenced in newspapers including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Tomahawk Leader published two follow-up stories Tuesday, including one from Christenson's perspective and coverage of an apology by the school.
Appeals court affirms release of UW-Oshkosh professor records
The 2nd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Winnebago County judge's release of personnel records requested by Alexander Nemec, a reporter with UW-Oshkosh's student newspaper, The Advance-Titan

Nemec filed an open records request in March 2017 for a complaint against Willis Hagen and documents related to a subsequent investigation. Hagen argued that personnel records are exempt from the open records law and sued to block disclosure, but a Winnebago County judge ordered them released. On Wednesday, the appellate court ruled that no such exemption exists following the conclusion of an investigation and that disclosure was of great public interest.
How to be strategic in the face of exorbitant newsprint price increases
Preliminary newsprint tariffs exceeding 30 percent have been imposed in the midst of a historically tight newsprint market, with some suppliers unable or unwilling to meet the demand for newsprint. Kruger Newsprint recently announced that they will not be accepting orders for the month of August, a move that's expected to create a ripple effect throughout the market.

During this tough time, there are actions newspaper publishers can take to make it through the storm. Bliss Communications VP of Printing Operations Tony Smithson shares some strategy tips — place orders early, consider a purchasing cooperative and ask the right questions of your contract printer — in his recent column for the WNA.

UW-Madison announces new director of Wisconsin Public Media
Gene Purcell, executive director of the Educational Communications Board, has been named Director of Wisconsin Public Media at UW–Madison. Wisconsin Public Media includes Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. 

Purcell, who will begin his duties on Aug. 1, takes the lead at Wisconsin Public Media as it transitions to a new division at UW–Madison reporting to the UW–Madison Provost. The UW Board of Regents voted in February to transition WPR and WPT to from UW-Extension to UW-Madison effective July 1.

Among Friends
Jim Massey, retired editor of The Country Today, was presented June 13 with the VIP Award from the Wisconsin Association of FFA.

Massey, who retired last winter, is one of only a select few individuals to receive the award, which recognizes a lifetime of support, dedication and leadership benefiting the FFA, FFA Alumni and/or the FFA Foundation. Massey is a past president of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board. 
Charity Huff, Maroon Ventures
Ryan Dohrn,  Brain Swell Media
Summer Moore, Gatehouse Media
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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:

UW Students Investigate: Is Democracy Dying In Wisconsin?

Complaint alleges school district violated open meetings law

Residents express concern over potential open meetings violation

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