Monthly Archives: January 2018

WNA Foundation seeking nominations for Future Headliners program

Do you know a young news, advertising or marketing professional who’s making a difference in the newspaper industry? We want to recognize them and share their stories during the 2018 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Convention & Trade Show. The WNA Foundation is accepting nominations for the “Future Headliners” program, which will honor up to five young…

Assembly Bill 731 addresses public notices and free distribution newspapers

A Letter from WNA Executive Director Beth Bennett What Does AB 731 Do? For more than 200 years, Wisconsin’s newspapers have helped ensure that the state’s citizens are well informed through public notices. These notices serve as a critically important independent reporter between units of government and the taxpayers, as well as serving as the official notification vehicle for…

Nominations sought for 2018 Opee Awards

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a nonprofit group that works to protect access to public meetings and records, is now accepting nominations for its annual Openness in Government Awards, or Opees. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association is a founding member of the council. Awards are given in six categories: Popee (political openness award): Recognizes extraordinary service…

Reserve your UW Band tickets by Feb. 2

Each year, members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association gather in Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin’s annual spring Varsity Band Concert. This long-standing tradition provides an opportunity for members to socialize with colleagues, friends and family, while enjoying a truly unique show. This year’s concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the…

Design for Readers: Nitty-gritty design top 10

By Ed Henninger | Henninger Consulting A client recently asked me to put together a presentation for his newspapers on nitty-gritty details that can make or break a design. I came up with more than a couple dozen … and then narrowed them down to a top 10. My thinking is that any one of these…

Tariffs expected to increase cost of newsprint

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association, National Newspaper Association and News Media Alliance are encouraging members to contact Congress to push back against preliminary tariffs that could drive up the cost of newsprint prices. Tony Smithson, vice president of printing operations for Bliss Communications in Janesville, said increased costs on uncoated groundwood paper are likely under preliminary…

Participate in the 2018 Newspaper Institute survey

The Newspaper Institute (formerly known as the Institute of Newspaper Technology) at the University of Tennessee is conducting an anonymous survey of newspaper publishers and managers to evaluate the state of the newspaper industry. In 2017, the survey was completed by publishers and managers at more than 900 newspapers in the United States and Canada. Kevin Slimp, director…

Your Right to Know: Lawmakers should keep promise on transparency

Editor’s Note: Your Right to Know, a monthly column by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, is available for publication at no cost. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association is a founding member of the council.   By Jonathan Anderson USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin A week after Republicans in the state Legislature voted to gut the public records…