Monthly Archives: March 2021

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names ‘Opee’ winners

This year’s Openness in Government (Opee) Awards recognize Wisconsin’s largest newspaper for its dogged records-based coverage of the pandemic and its commitment to the cause of transparency in government, as well as a government agency that led the way in providing a maximum amount of information on COVID-19. Other winners... - MORE -

Manage commentary in news coverage

RTDNA RTDNA is hosting a session on March 25 about the place of commentary in news coverage: There is a place for commentary journalism, but it is not a substitute for carefully sourced fact based reporting. RTDNA’s new coverage guidelines offer advice and direction on how to properly identify commentary in ... - MORE -

Training available to help with open records requests

Poynter is offering training for first-time journalists to help them navigate open records requests: Open Records Success: Strategies for Writing Requests and Overcoming Denials  Self-directed course, start anytime  This course, designed for first-time and student journalists, will make the process of requesting public documents easier. Participants will learn precisely how... - MORE -

Panel discusses racism, social media policies

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri is holding a panel discussion on March 23 about how newsrooms can address racism with social media policies. Here’s more: Join Gabe Schneider, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Sisi Wei and Karen K. Ho for a discussion around how newsrooms can work ... - MORE -

Koglin to join CBS 58

A former anchor in Milwaukee is joining CBS 58 (WDJT-TV) as the station’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. Nicole Koglin was a morning show anchor at WITI-TV before leaving in July. Her role at CBS 58 is a new one for the station. She will oversee all aspects of station projects... - MORE -

Stations break new ground on reporting on racial inequity

From davidpwhelan on Morguefile If your newsroom is interested in improving your coverage of racial inequity, you’ll want to read about what a group of ABC owned stations are up to. Knight-Cronkite News Lab is highlighting the work of eight stations that took on a project funded by the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge. ... - MORE -

Column: State needs a more open redistricting process

Wisconsin lawmakers will soon begin redrawing congressional and state voting boundaries, in accordance with the latest Census. It’s a good time to reflect on how that process has played out before — and for the public to demand greater transparency this time around. A good example of how things ought... - MORE -