Weekly Briefing | Sept. 6, 2019
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Seeling: Now is the time to get involved with your WNA

It is a crazy time in our time-honored industry and we're all busier than ever, but now is the time to get involved with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, WNA President Paul Seeling writes in a letter to members. 

Why? Because we are more united with one voice.

The upcoming Leadership Summit, co-sponsored by the WNA and the National Newspaper Association, is a great opportunity to do just that — especially since the WNA is awarding $50 scholarships to the first six who register and request a scholarship.

Lawmakers use costs (again) to rebuff records requests

After a June appellate court decision put a stop to the practice of legislators charging exorbitant fees for hard copies of records that can be provided electronically, it appears some are finding new ways to impose fees on requesters.

In the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council's most recent "Your Right to Know" column, Jonathan Anderson discusses several recent cases where legislators have imposed significant search fees on requesters. 

Editor & Publisher seeking nominations for Publisher of the Year

Editor & Publisher magazine is seeking nominations for its annual Publisher of the Year award.  E&P is looking to honor a publisher with business acumen, technical savvy, and a deep understanding of what needs to be done to stay successful — along with the fortitude and tenacity to implement change. Nominations are due Sept. 20.

WNA members invited to annual MNA Daily Meeting

WNA members are invited to attend the 2019 MNA Daily Newspaper Meeting on Sept. 19-20 in Nisswa, Minn. The event is presented by the Minnesota News Media Institute in partnership with the Minnesota Newspaper Association and the Brainerd Dispatch

The program will include a tour of the Dispatch, lunch and an afternoon of meetings with moderators Crystal Miller, of the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and Chris Knight, of the Mesabi (Va.) Daily News. Topics include sales compensation, paywalls, growing circulation, printing consolidations, digital sales and community involvement. If you'd like to attend but don't need lodging email MNA Executive Director Lisa Hills.

How to use stock photos to generate better ad ideas

Stock photography can be an important addition to your creative toolbox in advertising. 

In the most recent installment of his "Ad Libs" column, veteran sales trainer John Foust discusses looking for images to illustrate your ideas and thinking of new ideas in the process, as well as other considerations to keep in mind. 

The long and winding road to the GateHouse-Gannett merger

SEC filings are typically dense bundles of legalese and boilerplate. The prospectus registered Aug. 29 for the impending merger of GateHouse and Gannett is no exception, writes Poynter's media business analyst Rick Edmonds.

The 384-page document also includes a remarkably detailed account of negotiations that spread over seven months and dozens of meetings before terms of the deal were made final.

2019 WNAF Better Newspaper Contest: Judges prefer PDFs

When submitting entries in the WNAF Better Newspaper Contest, it’s important to remember the workload of judges. Navigating paywalls, Google surveys and broken links can turn judging into a tedious process.

That's why we're encouraging members to use PDFs whenever possible, as we’ve received increasingly negative feedback about judges' experiences when entries are submitted via URL. To make this easier on contest participants, we've compiled some tips for using PDFs — even when the submission only ran online. 
Among Friends
Fred Bradley has been named circulation manager for the Merrill Foto News and the Wausau Times and Buyers’ Guide.

Bradley took over the position on Aug. 12. A Chicago native, he previously worked as circulation director for The Bulletin in Bend, Ore. He also has worked in circulation management for a daily newspaper on the east coast.

In his new position, Bradley will oversee the circulation and distribution of the Foto NewsTimes and Buyers’ Guide, Antigo Times and all Multi Media Channels magazine publications.
Sara Tischauser has been named publisher and editor of The Marion Advertiser.

A graduate of Marion High School, Tischauser earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-River Falls in 2005. She previously worked as a reporter for the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth and as a freelance writer for the Wisconsin State Farmer.

Tischauser was expected to be brought along slowly, learning from owner and publisher Dan Brandenburg before taking over the Advertiser. But when he died last week, Tischauser stepped in to produce her first edition as publisher and editor of the Advertiser.
Craig Gilbert, Washington bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will be given the Milwaukee Press Club's highest honor at its annual meeting on Sept. 17.

Gilbert will join the Order of the Knights of the Golden Quill, which recognizes journalists for outstanding professional accomplishment. 

A longtime political writer, Gilbert has covered every presidential campaign since 1988 and chronicled Wisconsin's role as a swing state. He also served as a writer-in-residence at UW-Madison, a two-time Lubar Fellow at Marquette Law School and a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.
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Cap Times Idea Fest
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The WNA Careers Page is a great resource for employers & job seekers. Recent job postings include: 
·Community Reporter & Government Reporter
·Government Reporter
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The Weekly Briefing is published Thursdays by the staff of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

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