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Weekly Briefing
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lumberjack life

Zielanis Elementary music teacher Christine Clements led a fourth grade class of "lumberjacks" back to their classroom to prepare for a day of special lumberjack events at the school in Kiel. This photo by Faye Burg appeared on the front page of the April 12 issue of the Tri-County News in Kiel.

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
See photos from the 2018 WNA Convention & Trade Show
Thank you for another successful convention

The staff at the WNA would like to thank everyone who attended the WNA Convention & Trade Show this year.

Nearly 400 registered for the two-day event, which kicked off Thursday, April 12 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. During Thursday's dinner, convention guests heard from Jeffrey Sonderman, deputy executive director of the American Press Institute, as he reviewed new research about reader revenue-first business models for news organizations. The WNA Foundation also hosted a casino night fundraiser for the second time in conjunction with the President’s Reception on Thursday night.

On Friday, April 13, the day began with a kickoff session featuring Rick Schlesinger, chief operating officer of the Milwaukee Brewers, as he was interviewed by Marty Kaiser, a senior fellow for the Democracy Fund and former editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The address was followed by 15 educational sessions and a career fair for journalists, advertising sales representatives, college students and more.

High school and college students were recognized during the annual Honors Luncheon on Friday afternoon, which included an address by internationally recognized leadership expert Jill Geissler. Geissler is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago and the Newseum's Fellow in Women's Leadership.

Newspapers from around the state were honored at the end of the convention during the Better Newspaper Contest Awards Banquet. The contest drew 2,819 entries from 119 newspapers, which were judged by members of the Iowa Newspaper Association.

The Ripon Commonwealth Press was named Weekly Newspaper of the Year, and The Gazette in Janesville was recognized as the Daily Newspaper of the Year for the third year in a row.

Read the judges' comments

Did you get your copy of the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest results tab after the awards banquet? Download a digital copy to see who won and what the judges had to say.

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Get the BNC Award Winner logo

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 WNA Foundation Better Newspaper Contest! Let your readers know that they’re reading an award-winning newspaper with the contest winner logo. Use it in your masthead, flag or house ads to highlight your accomplishments.

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Order duplicate awards

Additional plaques and certificates are available for purchase from the WNA Foundation. Plaques are $60 each and certificates are available for $6 each. Tax, postage and handling are included in the prices.

The deadline to order duplicates is Monday, May 14.

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Students, host newspapers sought for summer internship program

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation is accepting applications from students and member newspapers for consideration to participate in the 2018 WNAF Internship Program.

Up to five interns will be placed at up to five WNA-member newspapers across the state during the summer of 2018. Schedules will vary based on the newspapers’ needs, but interns will earn approximately $3,200 for an eight-week, full-time internship.

Participating newspapers will receive a stipend from the WNA Foundation to help cover costs, but must provide at least $1,200 in matching funds for intern wages.

The deadline for students and host newspapers to apply is May 1, 2018.

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June 13-14 'fly-in' set to oppose newsprint tariffs

The News Media Alliance is asking publishers and other newspaper executives to participate in a Washington “fly-in” on June 13-14 to meet with members of Congress and explain the unintended consequences of newsprint tariffs on newspaper operations, news coverage and jobs in your local community. The objective is to encourage policymakers to support efforts to reverse these unwarranted and damaging tariffs. The “fly-in” event will begin with a briefing in the late afternoon on the June 13, followed by a full day of congressional meetings on June 14.  

RSVPs and questions should be sent to Paul Boyle at

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Get the scoop on Wisconsin's water

How has the state's rich water heritage shaped the resource of today, its regulation and use? What are the issues we face with both quantity and quality? What solutions will assure clean and plentiful water for the future? Where do we find and how do we use data that allow us to understand and further the story of Wisconsin's water?

"Beyond the Headlines: Wisconsin's Water Future" is a half-day workshop that will provide reporters and interested public with background, resources and tips for covering news about Wisconsin's water. The workshop will be held from 1-5:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison.

"Beyond the Headliners: Wisconsin's Water Future" is a project of the Wisconsin Humanities Council, in partnership with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and others in Madison. It is funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Pulitzer Prizes.

The workshop will be moderated by Ron Seely, an award-winning science and environmental journalist who wrote for the Wisconsin State Journal for nearly 35 years. There is no fee to register.

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Stein named Wisconsin Policy Forum research director

Jason Stein, a longtime state capitol correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has been named the research director of the Wisconsin Policy Forum. Stein, 42, will be based in Madison and will lead a team of seven researchers in Madison and Milwaukee for the Wisconsin Policy Forum, an independent, nonpartisan research organization analyzing Wisconsin state and local government finance, education, and economic development. Stein has worked as a statehouse reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 2010. He has covered the protests related to Act 10, which dramatically changed the state’s public sector collective bargaining laws, Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential bid in 2015, and recent legislation to bring Foxconn to southeast Wisconsin.

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Debilzen stepping down from WNA

After a two-and-a-half-year run, WNA Communications Director James Debilzen is signing off as he takes on a new position with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. Friday, April 20 is his last day with the WNA. 

If you'd like to reach James in the future, feel free to contact him at

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Nate Beck joins The Daily Reporter

Nate Beck has joined The Daily Reporter in Milwaukee as the paper's state construction reporter. Beck previously covered development, manufacturing, local government and other topics as a business reporter for the Oshkosh Northwestern and the Fond du Lac Reporter, two daily newspapers in northeast Wisconsin. Before joining the Oshkosh Northwestern and Fond du Lac Reporter, Beck majored in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Trust named River Valley Media Group publisher

Josh Trust, a Pittsburgh native and 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, has been named publisher of River Valley Media Group. He will manage operations for the La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News, Chippewa Herald and six weekly publications. Trust has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He succeeds Bob Fleck, who left the company in February. Before accepting the position in La Crosse, Trust was vice president and chief revenue officer of Advance Ohio.

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Wethal joins UNG staff

Kimberly Wethal has joined the staff of Unified Newspaper Group. Raised in Cooksville, Wethal began interning with UNG five years ago as a student at Stoughton High School. After graduating in 2014, Wethal began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is expected to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications. Wethal is taking over for Helu Wang, covering the community beat in the cities of Verona and Fitchburg. She will be working part time until her graduation May 19, and then will take over the position full-time.

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Bernadette Ann Friedell

Bernadette Ann Friedell, 92, Shell Lake, who edited and published the Washburn County Register from 1980-1989, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 

Friedell earned her journalism degree from UW-Madison in 1948. She worked as public relations director at Gateway Technical School in Racine and edited and published the Washburn County Register with her husband, John. After receiving numerous awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, they sold the paper and retired in 1989. In her retirement, she was active with the Washburn County Genealogical Society, writing poetry and short stories, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Funeral services were held April 7 in Shell Lake.

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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 April 23
Money pouring in for Wisconsin congressional races
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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 April 23
Discover the Magic of Mineral Point

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Fiscal Facts

Weekly facts from the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic education.

NOTE TO EDITORS: “Fiscal Facts” replaces “WISTAX Facts,” which was produced by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and Public Policy Forum merged on Jan. 1, 2018, and is now the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

Column for the Week of April 23
Background of Wisconsin Lawmakers
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Online Media Campus is a partnership of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation and press associations throughout the United States and Canada, offering high-quality, low-cost online training to media professionals. The cost is $35 per webinar. Webinar packages are also available.

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.
Upcoming Webinars
Thursday, May 17 at 1 p.m.
AP Style Refresher
Presenter: Ryan Martinez, GateHouse Media's Center for News and Design
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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
Upcoming Webinars
No upcoming webinars are currently scheduled.
WNA members get a discounted rate of $15 per Inland Press Association webinar. Non members are welcome at $25 per webinar. See all Inland Press Association webinars at
Upcoming Webinars
Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Selling our unique strength: Audience. The special selling advantage of niche and special sections
Presenter: Charity Huff, Managing Partner, Maroon Ventures
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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
Account Executive - Retail Advertising Sales – Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa
Sports Reporter – EagleHerald, Marinette
Reporter – The Detroit Lakes News, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Sports Reporter – The Echo Press, Alexandria, Minn.
Full-Time Editor – Morris Newspapers of Wisconsin, Grant County
Newspaper Reporter - General Assignment – EagleHerald, Marinette
Administrative Assistant - Advertising – Kenosha News
Advertising Sales Coordinator – EagleHerald, Marinette
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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.

Created by and for Wisconsin’s newspapers, WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

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