We asked for your help. You delivered — in record fashion! For the third straight year, donors provided gifts that qualified the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for full funding in the national NewsMatch campaign for nonprofit newsrooms.
ByCoburn Dukehart (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism) andEmily Hamer (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism) |
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was sworn into office Monday afternoon as Wisconsin’s 46th governor. See photos from the event by Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism photojournalists Coburn Dukehart and Emily Hamer.
This week, we bring you a collection of our top photos of 2018. It’s been a busy year for journalism, and while our reporters have covered stories around the state, they’ve also taken cameras along to document the people, places and stories of Wisconsin that mean the most to our readers.
They say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, but when it comes to public records, the state Legislature doesn’t seem to believe in this principle. In Wisconsin, cities, police and fire departments, state agencies, and even the governor’s office are required to retain public records and make these available to the public. For example, emails generated by staff in the Department of Justice must be retained for three years from the date of creation and then transferred to the Wisconsin Historical Society or UW-Madison archives. For most of our state’s history, these rules also applied to those who wrote the laws. But decades ago, when it wrote the law, the Legislature decided to exempt itself from having to retain most records.
In this WORT-FM radio interview, WCIJ Managing Editor Dee J. Hall speaks with A Public Affair’s host Patty Peltekos about our top stories of our first decade, why we joined The Trust Project, and what we learned in our major investigations this year.
A windowless office in Vilas Hall is known to journalists across the country as the “Northern Bureau.” It’s where I and other University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students learned an important lesson about working as an investigative journalist: It’s not as glamorous as it sounds.
At the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, truth is our ultimate goal. We are transparent with our subjects and readers, we rigorously fact-check all our information and we share our work with news media across the nation. We feel tremendous pressure to get every detail right.