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Our Causes

Promoting quality journalism and a robust news media industry requires working together with many great partners. These are the causes and organizations which are supported by the WNA.

WNA Foundation

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting 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.

Student Journalism

The WNA Foundation recognizes the importance of cultivating educated journalists and business leaders to become innovative advocates for the media industry. The WNA Foundation offers several programs and resources for students to help them excel in their careers.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council seeks to safeguard access to information that citizens must have to act responsibly in a free and democratic society. The Wisconsin FOIC is comprised of five members representing the public and representatives from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association/Broadcast News Council, Wisconsin Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Wisconsin News Photographers Association.

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is increasing the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future generations of investigative journalists. Its work fosters an informed citizenry and strengthens democracy.

Herb Kohl Educational Foundation

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation funds the Student Excellence, Teacher Fellowship, Principal Leadership Award and Student Initiative programs.

Mid-America Press Institute

The Mid-America Press Institute is a non-profit association of news organizations dedicated to offering high-quality, low-cost, mid-career training for journalists.

Society of Professional Journalists – Madison Pro Chapter

The Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has been providing professional development and informational programming for Madison Wisconsin area journalists for more than 20 years.

UW Center for Journalism Ethics

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison encourages the highest standards in journalism ethics worldwide by fostering vigorous debate about ethical practices in journalism and providing a resource for producers, consumers and students of journalism.

Online Media Campus

Online Media Campus provides high-quality, low-cost online training to media professionals.  More than 20 programs are offered annually on writing and editorial topics, print and online advertising sales, technology, social networking, management issues and much more.

Journalism Educators Association Mentor Program

The Journalism Mentor Program – founded in 2007 – is part of the Journalism Education Association, the nation’s largest scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers. The program pairs new advisers with seasoned mentors who have managed successful student media programs for many years.

Read More: “Mentoring the next generation”

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s “The Wall of Faces”

During a three-year project, members of the WNA – in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, Milwaukee Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Television – helped track down 450 missing photos of Wisconsin residents who are memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The photos are now part of a digital memorial on the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund’s website.

Read More: “Finding the Faces”

Milwaukee Press Club

The Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America. Since 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club has provided professional development and camaraderie to members of the press community from around the city and across the state of Wisconsin.

National Newspaper Association

Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association (NNA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the owners, publishers and editors of America’s community newspapers. NNA’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance America’s community newspapers. Today, NNA’s 2,200 members make it the largest national newspaper association.