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For workplace safety, short-term fixes matter but they’re not enough

(Editor’s note: Randy Van Dyne, executive director of the All Hazards Training Center at the University of Findlay, Ohio, spoke at the 2018 Ohio News Media Association convention on workplace safety and wrote this column at ONMA’s request. One of the center’s specialties is training media outlets such as ABC News on both on-site and…

Better Writing with Bart: Enterprise Reporting

Enterprise reporting goes beyond the obvious By Bart Pfankuch When it comes to interviewing reporter candidates, many editors want to see examples of so-called enterprise reporting. I just finished serving as a judge for several reporting and writing categories for the Washington Newspaper Publishing Association, and I can tell you that the winners across the…

Your Right to Know: Don’t shut down access to court records

Don’t shut down access to court records By Mark Belling A few weeks back, while looking into a court case in Waukesha County, I went to the court’s website seeking contact information. There were a few phone numbers but no email addresses. So I called one of the numbers and asked for the judge’s email…