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.

Titans clash, worker’s comp changes die

The Wisconsin Medical Society and others mobilized against the bill. What ensued was a massive behind-the-scenes clash of special interest titans.

Coast Guard tests new methods for heavy oil recovery

In 2011, the Coast Guard tested, off New Jersey’s shoreline, three prototypes for finding, mapping and recovering submerged oil, from three companies that each spent a year on the problem

Spill response ‘inadequate’ for tar sands crude on Great Lakes

A refinery’s proposal to ship heavy crude oil from Superior across the Great Lakes has emergency responders gearing up to bolster gaps in current oil spill response plans. And the gaps are substantial, experts say.

Investigative reporter Umhoefer to receive Wisconsin Watchdog Award

Note: This post was updated on April 9 to include additional sponsors.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative reporter Dave Umhoefer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 investigation into pension padding in Milwaukee County, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award.
The award is a highlight of the fourth annual Wisconsin Watchdog [...]

State needs openness advocates

As part of national Sunshine Week, March 16-22, the columnist wants to reflect on the importance of journalists and others being more than mere spectators in the tug of war that perpetually plays out over these issues.

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.

Gun background check bills languish

Jeri Bonavia, executive director of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, likens the status quo to an airport security system with two lines: One with full screening for passengers, the other where anyone can board without scrutiny. “You get to decide” which line to use.

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