Category Archives: News

News about journalism, from the national chapter and others in the industry.

Gilman Halsted named Wisconsin Watchdog

Gilman Halsted, a retired Wisconsin Public Radio reporter who produced award-winning examinations of the state’s criminal justice system, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award. Over the course of two decades, Halsted became a familiar … Continue reading

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Trump raises stakes for press, public

Feb. 1, 2017 Your Right to Know / Mark Pitsch Two days before the new president’s inauguration, the Society of Professional Journalists and dozens of other media and government transparency groups sent a letter asking Donald Trump for a meeting … Continue reading

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SPJ Madison media access statement

It’s Election Day, and the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is reminding candidate campaigns, political parties and the public of the important role journalists play in providing news and information throughout this historic day. In particular,  Madison … Continue reading

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SPJ Madison to raise money for David Maraniss Scholarship

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will raise money for the David Maraniss and Elliott Maraniss Scholarship at its annual holiday party and raffle in December. The group is now seeking prizes from media companies, … Continue reading

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SPJ delegates reject name change

NEW ORLEANS – Delegates to the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual convention last week voted against renaming the organization. By a vote of 57-44, delegates rejected a proposal to rename the 6,800-member group the “Society for Professional Journalism.” The proposal … Continue reading

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Remembering James Baughman

Professor James Baughman, of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communications, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Professor Baughman was a supporter of SPJ, and participated in some of our meetings. We will miss his enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Madison-area journalists raise $600 for Simpson Street Free Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Pitsch, 608-252-6145 MADISON — Madison-area journalists raised $600 for the Simpson Street Free Press last week. The Madison-based non-profit that teaches middle and high school students reading, writing, and critical thinking skills was the beneficiary … Continue reading

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