WNA Foundation discusses long-term plans

Pictured above, from left, at Thursday's WNA Foundation board meeting are Rusty Cunningham of the La Crosse Tribune, Mark Stodder of Xcential Legislative Technologies, President Andrew Johnson of the Dodge County Pionier in Mayville, Vice President Scott Peterson of Journal Community Publishing Group, Rob Ireland of the Lake Geneva Regional News and Tim Lyke of the Ripon Commonwealth Press. – James Debilzen photo

Pictured above, from left, at Thursday’s WNA Foundation board meeting are Rusty Cunningham of the La Crosse Tribune, Mark Stodder of Xcential Legislative Technologies, President Andrew Johnson of the Dodge County Pionier in Mayville, Vice President Scott Peterson of Journal Community Publishing Group, Rob Ireland of the Lake Geneva Regional News and Tim Lyke of the Ripon Commonwealth Press. – James Debilzen photo

The WNA Foundation Board of Directors met Thursday to discuss long-range goals at the WNA office in Madison.

During the meeting, the board reviewed plans for future educational offerings – including the annual Trees Retreat and workshops on public notices and local government reporting – and finalized plans for the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame dinner later this fall.

In addition, the board discussed the creation of a statewide high school “civics bowl” with the goal of bolstering civic knowledge, civic engagement and public service in Wisconsin.
The WNA Foundation board also welcomed Lake Geneva Regional News General Manager Rob Ireland as its newest member. Ireland has been with the Regional News since 2006, starting as a reporter. He was named managing editor of the paper in 2012 and editor in 2015 before taking on the role of general manager in 2016.

Ireland takes the place of WNA Foundation board member John Halverson, who retired as general manager of the Lake Geneva Regional News in 2016.

The WNA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created in 1980 to support programs that foster excellence in journalism, engage current and future newspaper leaders and invest in our communities. The foundation solicits, manages and disburses funds and other resources for the benefit of Wisconsin’s newspaper industry.