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Weekly Briefing
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bomb scare defused at RCU

Eau Claire police take a male suspect into custody at gunpoint Thursday, Jan. 26, after threats of explosive devices were made at a Royal Credit Union branch in the city. The incident caused the evacuation of the building and the surrounding area for several hours. The photo by Steve Kinderman appeared on the front page of Friday's Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire.

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
WNA testifies on police body camera bill

Attorney Dustin Brown of Godfrey & Kahn spoke on behalf of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association during a Senate committee hearing on Jan. 30 regarding a bill that would put limits on access to video footage captured by police body cameras.

Tuesday’s hearing on Assembly Bill 351 was held before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. The bill was approved by the Assembly on Nov. 9, 2017.

Assembly Bill 351 is intended to protect the rights of victims, witnesses and citizens who encounter the police, sponsors said. The WNA and other open government advocates, however, have expressed concerns the bill would prevent the release of most police body camera videos and eliminate a new avenue for public oversight of police activity.

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Pictured here, from left, are 2016 Future Headliners Lauren Anderson, Brittany Seemuth, Brooke Bechen, Scott Girard and Michael Gouvion.
Honor a rising star at your newspaper

The WNA Foundation is accepting nominations for the Future Headliners program, which will honor up to five up-and-coming young leaders in the newspaper industry. Nominations are open to college students or professionals age 30 and under (as of April 13, 2018) who are currently working in the newspaper industry or studying for a future career in the industry. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Feb. 23.

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Last chance to reserve UW Band tickets

Deadline is Friday, 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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Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders utilizes some visual aids to highlight the good, bad and otherwise in government transparency while presenting Opee Awards at a previous Watchdog Awards Dinner.
Nominations sought for Opee Awards

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a nonprofit group that works to protect access to public meetings and records, is accepting nominations until Feb. 15 for its annual Openness in Government Awards, or Opees. The awards will be announced just prior to national Sunshine Week, March 11-18, and presented at the annual Watchdog Awards Dinner in Madison on Thursday, April 19.

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Do you need a new website? The WNA Foundation may be able to help

The WNA Foundation is exploring the possibility of partnering with a web development company to offer discounted website design and hosting services for WNA members.

Before we can pursue this idea, we need to hear from you! If you are interested in the possibility of working with the WNA Foundation to develop a new website for your publication, please contact WNA Communications Director James Debilzen with your name, publication, current website address (if applicable), email address and phone number by Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Interest in this proposal will be presented to the WNA Foundation Board of Directors for further consideration.

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What's at stake with newsprint tariffs?

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW | In mid-January, the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped a tariff on Canadian newsprint, which is used by around 75 percent of US publishers and is particularly prevalent in the Northeast. Even though the duty may yet be reversed, American newspapers have to pay it in the meantime. Many publishers fear it’ll add upward of 10 percent to their print costs, and could even result in job losses.

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USPS eliminates green lids for some flats trays

NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION | The United States Postal Service has announced that it will begin to accept newspapers in flats trays (tubs) without lids or strapping. The new mail acceptance procedure allows publishers to nest tubs of newspaper mail within each other and save space for hauling and carrying.

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Newsrooms welcome Facebook's new local news emphasis, but remain wary

POYNTER | On Monday, Facebook announced a new focus on local news in the News Feed. Three people who work in or with local news described their reaction to that news with the same word: whiplash.

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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!
Save time and money with WNA's tearsheet services

Do you need help fulfilling tearsheet requests? WNA-Tear offers a streamlined solution to your existing time-consuming tearsheet process.

WNA-Tear lets newspapers provide electronic tearsheets to advertising customers the morning of publication. Agencies and advertisers get fast and easy confirmation of publication at a cost savings to you. What’s more: a discounted monthly rate is offered for newspapers that have e-edition services with Tecnavia

Contact WNA Media Services Director Denise Guttery by email or at 608-283-7630 for more information and to get started!

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

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Better Writing With Bart
A writing journey we’ll take together

Wisconsin-native Bart Pfankuch, an experienced editor, journalist and writing coach who lives in South Dakota, has launched a new monthly column on storytelling and writing. Pfankuch's column succeeds Jim Stasiowski's "Writing Matters" column. Stasiowski retired in April 2016.

Pfankuch is an investigative reporter for South Dakota News Watch and was the editor of the Rapid City Journal. He's previously reported for newspapers in Madison, Eau Claire and Florida.

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Your Right to Know
Citizens have a right to electronic records

In this month's Your Right to Know Column, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council member John Foust argues that public records requesters are entitled to receive records in their native electronic form. Your Right to Know is available for republication at no cost.

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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 Feb. 5
Review: More than half of Elections, Ethics commissioners made political donations after joining boards

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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 Feb. 5
Things Only Wisconsinites Say

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

Column for the Week of Jan. 28
Property Tax is Biggest State-Local Tax – And Most Unpopular
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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
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Thursday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m.
Workflow Automation Tools for Newsrooms of Any Size
Presenter: Penny Riordan, manager of digital content partnerships for GateHouse Media
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
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Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.
Go Deep on Consumer Revenue Strategies with Jim Moroney and Jim Brady
Presenters: Jim Moroney, CEO of the Dallas Morning News; Jim Brady, CEO of Spirited Media
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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

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.
You've Got Revenue: Creating Email Sales Campaigns That Work

Presenter: Greg Swanson, partner/business development leader, and Destination Commerce Corp.’s OneBoat community CMS
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Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
HOW TO: Make Money on Facebook This Year

Presenters: Kim Wilson, Founder, Social News Desk; Christina Tenhundfeld, Senior Audience Development Manager, Simplemost
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Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m.
Using All Your Sales Tools: Selling Effective Multi-Channel Campaigns

Presenter: Greg Swanson, partner/business development leader, and Destination Commerce Corp.’s OneBoat community CMS
Register ►
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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