Gain confidence in your legal reporting

The State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association are offering you, at no cost, a new version of the Wisconsin News Reporters’ Legal Handbook.

For more than 40 years, this handbook has served as a reference for new journalists and experienced reporters covering Wisconsin courts. It covers the basics of working in a courtroom, offers judges’ considerations for working with the media, and highlights judicial proceedings, considerations, definitions, and terms.

The handbook also covers some of the top legal issues facing reporters, including:

—Wisconsin’s Shield Law


—Public records requests

—Open Meetings Law

Access the handbook here and find it always in the WBA Newsroom navigation under “News Media Law” or in the State Bar of Wisconsin’s newsroom on

If you have questions about the handbook, or need help finding a source for your legal story, please contact Mike Wiltse, public relations specialist, State Bar of Wisconsin, at 608-250-2522.