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Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Weekly Briefing
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Line of duty

Aaron Bilek of the Clintonville Fire Department braves the bitter cold along with many other firefighters who battled a structure fire at the Clintonville Moose Lodge. Two firefighters were injured during the 8-hour emergency call in near zero temperatures. This photo by Tricia Rose appeared on the front page of the Jan. 9 Clintonville Chronicle.

The WNA features work produced by Wisconsin's photojournalists in each issue of the Weekly Briefing. Have a photo you'd like to share? Email the photo, credit and cutline information to
Reserve your UW Band tickets by Feb. 2

The WNA is selling tickets for the University of Wisconsin's annual spring Varsity Band Concert on April 21 at the Kohl Center. This long-standing tradition provides an opportunity for members to socialize with colleagues, friends and family, while enjoying a truly unique show. Tickets are $23 each, and can be reserved through the WNA's website. Deadline to reserve tickets is Friday, Feb. 2.

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What our members are saying about Assembly Bill 70

So far, Assembly Bill 70 has not been scheduled for action in the Assembly. The bill would eliminate requirements for the publication of local government meeting proceedings in newspapers.

Please continue to run the revised house ads the WNA released Jan. 2. If you have any questions about the ads, please contact WNA Communications Director James Debilzen.

Thank you to our members who have published editorials in opposition to AB70:
Have you recently editorialized about AB70? Let us know!
Contest results are coming soon

We know you're all waiting! The WNA will begin contacting publishers at award-winning publications next week with the results of the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest.

Remember, the results are not to be released until after the BNC Awards Banquet, which will be held Friday, April 13, during the annual WNA Convention at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. Division winners and the "Newspapers of the Year" will also be announced at that time.

The WNA Foundation High School and the Wisconsin College Media Association Better Newspaper Contests are still being judged. Results for those contests will be released at a later date.

Last chance to submit directory updates

The WNA is still looking for updates for the 2018 Wisconsin Newspaper Directory from 52 member publications.

In early December, newspapers across the state were emailed a copy of the data WNA had on file for each publication along with instructions for submitting corrections. Please let us know no later than Monday, Jan. 22 if changes are needed for your paper's listing.

If no changes are necessary, we would also appreciate an email confirming the information is correct. 

If you need a copy of your newspaper's directory information, please contact WNA Communications Director James Debilzen.

Panel to address 'Coping with #FakeNews'

A forum of journalism experts will dissect the topic of fake news and its influence on public opinion, responsible news writing, and the challenges to consuming, evaluating, and interpreting the news during a discussion at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Madison Club.

Speakers include Kathleen Bartzen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics; Paul Fanlund, editor and publisher of The Capital Times; and Jessica Arp, assistant news director and reporter for WISC-TV in Madison. The event is free, but seating is limited.

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Save the Date!

April 12-13, 2018  |  Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713

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Fickle Facebook demotes news in another blow to publishers

POYNTER | Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's announcement last week that content from family and friends will be given priority over published news is one more bad episode in a vexed on-again, off-again relationship between the platform giant and serious journalism.

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How newspaper publishers can take on Silicon Valley duopoly

BOSTON GLOBE | The Google-Facebook duopoly now commands 60 percent to 70 percent of the digital advertising market, depending on the estimate. And the steady decline in newspaper advertising revenue has hollowed out newsrooms all over the country. The only way to stop the bleeding is to give legacy media a stronger hand in its negotiations with the tech giants.

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Broadcasters see red over FCC's black and white rule

INSIDE RADIO | Broadcasters are asking the Federal Communications Commission to give stations the option to publicize proposed sales through online postings and over-the-air announcements instead of publishing public notices in local newspapers. The National Association of Broadcasters said current rules place "undue burdens" on stations.

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Mr. President, stop attacking the press

WASHINGTON POST | Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, addressed ongoing attacks on the news media by President Donald Trump in a column published earlier this week. He writes, "Trump’s attempts to undermine the free press ... make it more difficult to hold repressive governments accountable. For decades, dissidents and human rights advocates have relied on independent investigations into government corruption to further their fight for freedom. But constant cries of 'fake news' undercut this type of reporting and strip activists of one of their most powerful tools of dissent."

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Fanlund named publisher of The Capital Times

Paul Fanlund has been named publisher of The Capital Times by the company’s board of directors, company President Clayton Frink has announced. Fanlund will continue to direct the newsroom as editor but also represent the Cap Times within the Capital Newspapers organization. He will continue to oversee other Cap Times business interests, including, which the Cap Times owns. Frink, the former publisher, remains as president and CEO of The Capital Times Co.

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Pictured here from left, Christina Lieffring, Sari Lesk and Caitlin Sievers
Journal Times welcomes new reporters

Three experienced reporters have joined the staff at the Journal Times in Racine. Christina Lieffring comes to the newspaper from the Columbus Telegram, a Lee Enterprises newspaper that serves Columbus, Neb., and surrounding communities. Sari Lesk comes to The Journal Times from the Stevens Point Journal, where she covered government, business and education assignments. Caitlin Sievers comes to The Journal Times from the Rensselaer Republican in Rensselaer, Ind. She also worked at the Iroquois County Times-Republic in Watseka, Ill., and the Sidney Sun-Telegraph in the Nebraska panhandle. 

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Design for Readers
Nitty-gritty design Top 10

Design columnist Ed Henninger said a client recently asked him to put together a presentation for his newspapers on nitty-gritty details that can make or break a design. He came up with more than a couple dozen … and then narrowed them down to a top 10. Any one of these can make your design better, but leave one out and your design suffers.

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The Wisconsin Newspaper Association has partnered with various organizations to provide free content to members. If you have questions regarding the content below, please contact WNA Communications Director James Debilzen at 608-283-7623.
The Capitol Report

The Capitol Report provides a weekly analysis of issues being debated in Wisconsin state government. The column is underwritten by the WNA and produced exclusively for its members by, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics. The byline should read “By”. Proper attribution to is appreciated.

EDITORS: Please include the following tagline at the end of the column – “The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics, and is distributed for publication by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.”

Column for the Week of Jan. 22
Republicans pushing work requirements, anti-fraud provisions for benefits

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Discover Wisconsin

A weekly column written by the staff of Discover Wisconsin highlights things to do and see throughout the State of Wisconsin. The column is accompanied by photos for use in print and online. 

Column for the Week of Jan. 22
12 Things that Irk Wisconsinites

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Weekly facts from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, the state's oldest and most respected private government research organization. Since 1932, WISTAX has been promoting better government and an informed citizenry through its publications, public outreach, and extensive school programs.

Column for the Week of Jan. 22
State Sales Tax Grew Fastest in Past Five Years
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ATTENTION WISCONSIN JOURNALISM STUDENTS AND ADVISERS: Is there an Online Media Campus webinar you’d like to take? The WNA Foundation will sponsor your registration! Contact Jana Shepherd at to register.

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.
Video Strategies for Newsrooms to Grow Audience
Presenter: Val Hoeppner, CEO of Val Hoeppner Media and Consulting
Register ►
Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m.
Flipping Objections on the Spot!
Presenter: Ryan Dohrn, founder of Brain Swell Media
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As part of the WNA’s partnership with the Local Media Association, LMA offers special discounted rates on many benefits including webinars to our members. Webinars for association partner members are $29 each ($59 for non-members). See all LMA webinars at

Monday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.
How Will We Fix the Major Disconnect That Exists in Our Industry?
Presenters: Nancy Lane, LMA President; Peter Lamb, media consultant; and Matt Coen, LMA chairman of the board
Register ►
WNA members get a discounted rate of $15 per Inland Press webinar. Non members are welcome at $25 per webinar. See all Inland Press Association webinars at

Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
HOW TO: Make Money on Facebook This Year

Presenters: Kim Wilson, founder of Social News Desk; Christina Tenhundfeld, senior audience development manager for Simplemost
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Help Wanted

There is no charge for members of the WNA to place help wanted ads on the WNA's website. Use the submission form on the website to post your ad or submit your ad by email to Ads will appear online for 30 days and are included in the Weekly Briefing.

Current openings:

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Submit a Resume

Are you seeking work in the Wisconsin newspaper industry? Post your resume on the WNA website for free! Add your resume online or email your name, the type of position you’re seeking (i.e., editorial, advertising, business, etc.), and your resume in PDF or Microsoft Word format to

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Need to get rid of an old bundle tying machine, replace a worn out piece of equipment or sell your publication? Wisconsin Newspaper Association members are welcome to place “for sale” or “items wanted” ads in the Weekly Briefing and on the Buy-Sell-Trade page of the WNA's website for free. Submit your ads by email to
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For Sale

Letterpress engravings, wood type, California job case tray – Golden Members Dave and Gretchen Skoloda have downsized so there’s no wall space for their collection of letterpress engravings, wood type and a California job case tray. We have about two dozen examples of wood type and a dozen or so engravings. Make an offer to or 608 781 7502.

Small town community newspaper for sale. The Marion Advertiser has published weekly without interruption since 1895. It is now time to turn the business over to someone else. Owner has been with the business since 1967 and along with his wife, has owned it since 1985. Currently run as a mom and pop business with a part time salesman. Good cash flow from a 16 page broadsheet with nearly 1900 subscribers plus around 200 over the counter sales each week. If you are interested, please contact Dan at

Printing equipment for sale – Wisconsin Newspress, Inc. 113 E. Mill St., Plymouth, WI, 920-893-6411 ext. 29; has the following printing equipment for sale:
  • 2013 Cheshire 7000 with 2″ Videojet addressing head, computer and software. Asking $15,000
  • 2006 Cheshire 7000 with 2″ Videojet addressing head, computer and software. Asking $7,500
  • 2013 Bunn 1691 tying machine. $2000
  • Bunn 1691 tying machine. $1000
  • 2000 Screen Katana 5055 FTP imagesetter, Xitron Navigator RIP. $2500
  • 2001 Screen Katana 5055 FTP imagesetter, Xitron Navigator RIP, no dongle. $2000
  • Southern Lithoplate subtractive aluminum plates 36x24x.008 $1.75 ea. 1800 available
  • Southern LIthoplate plate developer 5 gal. cubes $40 ea. 10 available
  • Southern LIthoplate plate finisher 5 gal. cubes $40 ea. 14 available
  • Nu-Arc Flip-Top 6000 watt plate exposure machines $500 2 available.
  • Nu-Arc Flip-Top 3000 watt plate exposure machine $500.
  • Graham plate processor $500

Copy waxer – We are searching for a Daige-type copy waxer in working order. We occasionally use the waxer for mocking up a special section. Contact or call Gary Ridderbusch at Vilas County News-Review at 715-479-4421.

Electrical parts (sensors) for a hand-fed Auto Labe labeling machine, or if anyone has a hand-fed labeler they would like to get rid of, the Courier Press in Prairie du Chien is looking. Please call (608) 326-2441. Ask for Steve.
The Weekly Briefing is published Thursdays by the staff of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

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