WNA partners with member newspapers on statewide homelessness project

After months of hard work by the editorial teams in Madison, La Crosse, Racine and Green Bay, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association is excited to announce today’s launch of our statewide Homelessness in Wisconsin project.

In early June, the WNA, along with member newspapers from Lee Enterprises and Multi Media Channels, hosted a symposium in Madison on the topic of homelessness in Wisconsin. The goal of the symposium was to create better awareness of the topic and to bring together lawmakers, service providers, advocates and Wisconsin media to advance the cause of eliminating homelessness in Wisconsin.

Robert Devore, 25, who lost a job and got evicted, had been staying at the “tent city” in downtown Milwaukee with his pregnant girlfriend and their kitten, Bumpcat, for about four months as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. The couple hoped to return to housing. (Photo: John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)

Out of the symposium was born this reporting project, a statewide effort between the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, the La Crosse Tribune, The Journal Times in Racine and The Press Times of Green Bay. The groups combined to deliver several stories, graphics and photos about homelessness that are available for use by all WNA member newspapers.

Much of the research was done by State Journal reporter Dean Mosiman. He and State Journal graphics editor Jason Klein created multiple graphics for the project, using the latest data available. Others contributing to the project included Emily Pyrek from the Tribune; Heather Graves from The Press Times; and Adam Rogan from The Journal Times

The WNA facilitated the statewide distribution of the content to its nearly 200 member newspapers.

Next week, on Sunday, Oct. 20, the project continues, with simultaneous statewide publishing of editorials on the same topic. Finally, a second symposium on homelessness in Wisconsin is scheduled in Madison on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Are you a WNA member interested in publishing the content from our Homelessness in Wisconsin project? Contact our Membership & Programming Specialist Jordan Schelling for access to the Dropbox folder.