Category Archives: Member News

Pulse market research results now available

Recent market research shows Wisconsin consumers are 20% more likely to seek out or purchase local products or services after seeing a newspaper ad than they are after hearing or seeing a radio or television ad. The results of this statewide survey, conducted last year by Pulse Research in partnership with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association,…

Students, host newspapers sought for summer internship program

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation is accepting applications from students and member newspapers for consideration to participate in the 2018 WNAF Internship Program. Up to five interns will be placed at up to five WNA-member newspapers across the state during the summer of 2018. Schedules will vary based on the newspapers’ needs, but interns will earn…

WNA Foundation announces 2017 contest winners, Newspapers of the Year

MADISON — The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation on Friday presented awards to winners of the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest at the Sheraton Madison Hotel during the organization’s annual convention. The 2017 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,819 entries from 119 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017. Entries were judged by members of the Iowa Newspaper…

WNA Foundation names five ‘Future Headliners’

Five rising stars working in the Wisconsin newspaper industry have been named “Future Headliners” by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation. The recognition program – first launched in 2014 – honors emerging new leaders (age 30 and under) in the news media industry who display good character, leadership and professionalism not only at work, but in…

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names ‘Opee’ winners

Gov. Scott Walker, several journalists and a courageous private-sector employee are among those honored by the 2017-18 Openness Awards, or Opees, bestowed annually by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. The state Legislature, meanwhile, is being singled out for negative recognition. The awards, which are being announced today in advance of national Sunshine Week (sunshineweek.org),…

New assistant editor starts work at Ladysmith News

The Ladysmith News welcomes a new assistant editor, Jerilea Hendrick, to the newspaper. Hendrick is originally from Bloomington, Minn. and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology and a master’s degree in business administration. After graduating from college, Hendrick worked as an auditor for a large car manufacturer. She spent the next 12…

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…

Death Notice: Dennis Losness

Dennis Losness, a lifelong newspaperman and former publisher of the Cornell Courier, died Dec. 16 in Hudson after a battle with cancer. He was 85. Dennis began his newspaper career as a freshman in high school at the Amery Free Press, learning to set movable type and gaining essential journalistic skills. He went on to…

Remember When: Publishers grew, sold Christmas trees for scholarships

Beginning in the mid-1960s, Wisconsin publishers began a unique tradition in an effort to raise money for journalism students — they started growing Christmas trees. Proceeds from the harvests funded annual scholarships to Wisconsin journalism students who planned on careers in community journalism. To bring attention to the scholarship and forestry education, publishers occasionally sold…

Death Notice: Mollyann Emerson

Mollyann G. Emerson, who along with her husband, Richard “Dick” Emerson, published the DeForest Times-Tribune and Poynette Press for many years, died Dec. 9 at UW Hospital in Madison. Molly graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1960 and received a degree in nursing from Madison Area Technical College. Molly and Dick were married in…