Weekly Briefing | May 31, 2018
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More historic Wisconsin newspapers to be added to Library of Congress database
Twenty-three historic newspapers will be added to the Library of Congress database Chronicling America, the Wisconsin Historical Society has announced. Wisconsin joined the National Digital Newspaper Program in 2015 and has already contributed more than 110,000 pages of local historic newspapers. In 2017, the Society was awarded a second National Endowment for the Humanities grant to continue its work.

See the Wisconsin Historical Society's step-by-step process as it digitizes newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program. 
AP Stylebook update: The plural of emoji is emoji
The plural of emoji and a new entry on marijuana are among 200 new and updated entries to the 2018 Associated Press Stylebook, which was released Wednesday. The new stylebook also includes guidelines for quoting emoji, GIFs and other imagery.
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).
Be repeatable: Tips for an effective sales presentation
John Foust, who has conducted training programs for thousands of newspaper advertising professionals, offers three tips to help sales reps give effective presentations — keep it simple, make it visual and get personal.
Among Friends
Matt Geiger has been promoted to executive editor for all News Publishing Company's southern Wisconsin newspapers. Geiger has been editor of the Middleton Times-Tribune for the past 13 years. News Publishing owns The (Black Earth) Star News, the (New Glarus) Post Messenger Record, the Mount Horeb Mail, the Reedsburg Independent, the (Spring Green) Home News and the Middleton Times-Tribune. Geiger received the 2017 Midwest Book Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir for his book, "The Geiger Counter: Raised by Wolves and Other Stories."
Michelle Phillips has been named the new editor of the Middleton Times-Tribune. Phillips previously served as the editor for News Publishing Company's Journal-Eureka in Anamosa, Iowa. 
Carrie Classon, author of the Inter-County Leader's popular column "Letters from Home" is offering her new column, "The Postscript," free to members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association who contact her before the end of June.

Classon, who took a break from column writing three years ago to write the book, "Blue Yarn," was recently featured in the National Newspaper Association's Publishers' Auxiliary. Classon can be contacted directly at
Peter Leahy, one of the founders of the Portage County Gazette and its publisher from its creation in July 1999 until its sale in March 2017, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at his home on Lake Owen in Cable. He was 76.
Peter was a Stevens Point native and was born into a newspaper family. He was a member of one of the families that owned the Stevens Point Journal and was proud of his ancestors. When he began working at the newspaper, it was on the production and maintenance sides of operations rather than writing.
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