Category Archives: News

Committee finishes work on police body camera bill

A Legislative Study Committee has completed work on a bill that would regulate the use of police body cameras in Wisconsin. Legislation on body cameras passed in the Assembly but was not brought up for a vote in the Senate before the end of the last session. The study committee... - MORE -

Madison station recognized for fact-checking

A Madison TV station is getting recognition for the fact-checking it did during the midterm elections. Poynter interviewed WISC-TV’s Jessica Arp about the station’s Reality Check project, which it called one of the oldest local fact-checking projects in the country. Arp told Poynter that Reality Check is what viewers talk... - MORE -

Nominations open for Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks nominations for the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. Now in its tenth year, the award recognizes ethical decisions in reporting stories in any medium, including print, broadcast and digital, by journalists working for established news organizations or publishing... - MORE -

Coyote visits live shot

Live crews sometimes deal with the unexpected. In this case, a live crew for a Milwaukee TV station was visited by a coyote. The crew from Fox 6 (WITI-TV) shot the video (above) and later found that the coyote had been chewing on one of their cords.... - MORE -

Election Day is finally here

Election Day is finally here. Wisconsin broadcast newsrooms are ready to break whatever news happens today. Thank you to all the broadcasters who’ve worked hard covering the lead up to the election and your efforts to keep voters informed. We wish you luck with your election coverage tonight and hope... - MORE -

Column: Racine case shows folly of official secrecy

Secrecy in government, compounded by court-ordered secrecy, gives rise to speculation and rumor. That never serves the public interest. A case involving Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney and Racine Alderperson Sandy Weidner illustrates that very well. Last August, the city attorney sought an ethics violation sanction against the alderperson for... - MORE -

Retired WITI consumer watchdog dies

A man known for being a consumer watchdog for Milwaukee area viewers has died. Tom Hooper worked in local news for 35 years, mostly as the watchdog reporter for WITI-TV. He died Oct. 19 in Georgia. He was 85. Hooper’s reports changed Wisconsin, leading to changes in laws dealing with... - MORE -