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Weekly commentary from Bill Lueders, Money & Politics Project director.

Grant boosts investigation of Wisconsin water issues, experiment in journalism education at UW-Madison

Wisconsin’s water quality and supply will be investigated by University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and others through a $35,000 grant announced by the Online News Association. The project, titled The Confluence: A Live News Experiment Covering Wisconsin Waters, connects journalism courses, WCIJ, Madison Commons, state newspapers, and public and commercial broadcast outlets, as well as volunteer citizen water monitoring.

UW-Madison students play major role as Center wins eight Milwaukee Press Club awards

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism received eight awards in the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, which were announced today. The Center now has won 25 awards from the press club, receiving eight in 2013, four in 2012 and five in 2011.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council bestows annual ‘Opee’ Awards

For 2013-14, the Council is bestowing six Opees to individuals and groups. Five of the awards are positive; the No Friend of Openness Award is not.

Mega-dairy’s growth plans hotly debated

Mega-dairy’s growth plans hotly debated

A four-day hearing on challenges to the expansion of a Kewaunee County mega-dairy illustrated deep divisions, ranging from neighbors who shared fears of polluted wells and illness to fertilizer and feed dealers who showed up to express their support of big farms.

Frac sand mining company faces $200,000 in water, air penalties

Frac sand mining company Preferred Sands of Wisconsin has been ordered to pay $200,000 for stormwater and air permit violations at its facility near Blair, a Trempealeau County city. This is the first civil judgment brought against a frac sand mining company in Wisconsin.

Center hiring three summer investigative reporting interns

The award-winning Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is seeking applicants for three paid summer internships. The interns will report on investigative stories and may use other skills, including photography and data analysis and visualization, to produce investigative coverage.

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