Celebrate Sunshine Week at Madison’s Newest Newsroom

Madison area journalists and journalism students are invited to the NBC15 studios  on Thursday, March 16, 2017, to celebrate Sunshine Week. March 16th is the 266th birthday of James Madison, fourth president and author of the First Amendment, which includes freedom of speech and freedom of the press provisions.

Sunshine Week is an annual event that champions open and transparent government at all levels, and is observed by a number of organizations that are committed to the principles of the First Amendment and the public’s right to know, including the Society of Professional Journalists. Continue reading

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Open Government Traveling Show featured at Milwaukee Press Club on Wednesday, March 15

UPDATE: View this event on Wisconsin Eye.

UPDATE: A report on this event from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


The Milwaukee Press Club will host the Open Government Traveling Show – a panel discussion about the Wisconsin open meetings and open records laws – at a Newsmaker Luncheon on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 as part of the national celebration of open government known as “Sunshine Week.”

The public is invited to attend the event from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub in downtown Milwaukee at 137 E. Wells St. Continue reading

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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 voice to WPR listeners, working for six years in the Wausau bureau before moving to Madison in 2000. He covered the courts and the prison system and also wrote and produced general assignment stories for daily state newscasts until his retirement in 2016. 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 to discuss his administration’s relationship with the press.

Among other things, the groups wanted Trump to affirm his commitment to the First Amendment, assure media access to his presidential activities, and allow expert government employees to talk to the media rather than muzzle them in favor of public relations officials.

Trump has yet to respond. Continue reading

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SPJ Madison sponsors ‘Time Stands Still’ theater outing

The Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) invites local journalists to attend Bartell Theater’s “Time Stands Still” by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies. After two journalists return home after covering the Iraq War, they struggle to adjust to a normal life. The play explores the intricacies of love and friendship and the way America deals with media coverage of war and tragedy. Continue reading

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Madison-area journalists raise more than $1,000 for scholarship

MADISON – Madison-area journalists raised $1,040 for the David Maraniss and Elliott Maraniss Scholarship at UW-Madison last week at the annual holiday raffle sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Madison chapter, in conjunction with the Capitol press corps.

The scholarship aims to help women and minority journalists, and includes a summer internship at the Capital Times in Madison. Continue reading

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SPJ Madison announces holiday party and raffle

See new raffle prizes added below, 12/6/16

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the state Capitol press corps, will hold its annual Holiday Mixer and Raffle on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Argus Bar, 123 E. Main St., just a block off the Capitol Square in Madison. All area journalists and journalism supporters are invited, and the event is free.

All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the David Maraniss and Elliott Maraniss Scholarship at UW-Madison. The scholarship aims to help women and minority journalists, and includes a summer internship at the Capital Times in Madison.

Visit the scholarship page for more information or to make a donation.

The holiday party will feature a potluck meal, so please bring an appetizer, side dish, main dish or dessert to share.

Prizes include:

  • Ten-volume collection of David Maraniss books, courtesy Simon & Schuster
  • Weekend getaway at Circle M Market Farm B&B, Blanchardville, courtesy Circle M Market Farm
  • Two, six-month subscriptions, Wisconsin State Journal, courtesy, Wisconsin State Journal
  • Two tickets to Phantom of the Opera, courtesy Overture Center
  • Free night’s stay at Trempealeau Hotel, courtesy Trempealeau Hotel
  • Use of Northern Michigan cabin, courtesy Mike Ivey
  • Two tickets, Isthmus Beer and Cheese Festival, courtesy Isthmus
  • Two American Players Theatre tickets and APT book, courtesy APT
  • $100 Food Fight gift card
  • $50 Food Fight gift card
  • Two Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball tickets plus parking pass, courtesy Wisconsin State Journal
  • Nashville gift basket and two copies of “Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South,” courtesy Andrew Maraniss
  • WORT gift package, including Capital Brewery tours, Bos Meadery tasting, and more, courtesy WORT
  • Autographed Greg Gard/UW basketball, courtesy UW Athletics
  • Books and gift certificate package from Mystery to Me bookstore, courtesy Mystery to Me
  • $50 Madison Originals gift certificate, courtesy Dee Hall and Andy Hall
  • Wisconsin Public Television gift package, courtesy WPT
  • Wisconsin Public Radio gift package, courtesy WPR
  • Capital Times swag packages, courtesy Capital Times
  • Creative Company client gift package, courtesy Creative Company
  • $30 gift certificate, Aqualand Ale House, Boulder Junction, courtesy Aqualand Ale House
  • $30 gift certificate, Walker House, Mineral Point, courtesy Walker House
  • $25 gift certificate, Next Door Brewing Company, courtesy SPJ Madison
  • $25 gift certificate, Vintage Brewing Company, courtesy SPJ Madison
  • Beer Baron 6-pack sampler, courtesy Chris Drosner, aka Beer Baron
  • Signed books/cartoons from Bill Lueders, Stu Levitan, Ron McCrea, Mike Konopacki
  • Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism beer stein and t-shirt, courtesy WCIJ
  • Autographed Bo Ryan basketball, courtesy Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Five free slices, Ian’s Pizza, courtesy Ian’s         

SPJ Madison is seeking additional raffle items. Individuals and news organizations that wish to donate items for the raffle should contact SPJ Madison president Mark Pitsch at mpitsch (at) madison.com.

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