Monthly Archives: October 2018

Wisconsin FOIC marks 40 years of protecting openness

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council held an event Tuesday at the State Capitol to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The Council and its supporters gathered in the Assembly Parlor to hear about the beginnings of the Council and the many efforts it has taken over the years to promote openness... - MORE -

Brooks leaving WTMJ-AM for San Francisco

Eric Brooks WTMJ-AM Director of Programming and News Eric Brooks is leaving Milwaukee for San Francisco. Brooks will be Assistant News Director at News Radio KCBS San Francisco. Brooks was at WTMJ for eight years and is credited with making countless contributions to the station. Most recently, he designed and oversaw the... - MORE -

Watch panel discussion about threats against broadcasters

A panel discussion at the Broadcasters Clinic talked about the safety of broadcasters and journalists in light of new threats. The panel discussion titled “Personal Safety in Today’s Broadcasting Environment” was led by WLUK-TV News Director and WBA Board member Juli Buehler. The panel included RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley,... - MORE -

Celebration marks 40 years of advocating for openness

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is celebrating 40 years of advocating for openness in government with a celebration at the State Capitol next Tuesday. The celebration is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Assembly Parlor in the Wisconsin State Capitol. The event will feature speakers and the unveiling of... - MORE -

Open letter to journalists following Wednesday’s terrorist incidents

The following open letter from RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley was published Wednesday afternoon. Terrorist incidents such as those that have targeted CNN’s offices in New York City, current and former public officials, and political activists are inexcusable, reprehensible and, unfortunately, frightening. Now more than ever, we – the men... - MORE -

NAB releases toolkit for reporting on religion

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the NAB Education Foundation this week released its new Reporting on Religion toolkit. The website provides guidelines and recommendations for local radio and television station newsrooms, as well as journalism students, for covering religion and/or faith-based stories and issues. The online line toolkit... - MORE -

Journalists host post-election discussion in Madison

The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is partnering with UW-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics to host a panel discussion Nov. 7 on journalism ethics and the challenges of covering politics in highly polarized times. The event — which is free and open to the public — will... - MORE -

Candidates debate questions from broadcast journalists

The WBA Foundation hosted two political debates in the last week to give voters more information about candidates on the ballot in two important statewide races. In Wausau, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir took questions from Holly Chilsen, WSAW-TV; Ben Meyer, WJFW-TV; Chris Conley, WSAU, Melissa Langbehn, WAOW-TV, and... - MORE -

FOIC Survey: Dems back more openness, GOP mostly mum

Dee Hall Editor’s Note: This is a column from the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. In advance of the Nov. 6 elections, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council surveyed candidates for state Assembly and Senate to gauge support for initiatives to require more openness by public officials, including the Legislature. We sent... - MORE -

Preparations underway for WBA gubernatorial debate

The panelists for the WBA Foundation’s gubernatorial debate on Friday night are meeting Thursday to finish preparing questions for the candidates, Gov. Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers. The debate will be held at WMTV-TV in Madison. WBA Hall of Famer Jill Geisler is moderating the debate and the... - MORE -