Republishing guidelines

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism increases the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future generations of investigative journalists. Its work fosters an informed citizenry and strengthens democracy.  That’s why you’re welcome to republish our articles and multimedia for free using the following ground rules. Please let us know if you republish our stories; we track the distribution of our stories.

(If you are an authorized media partner with password-protected access to our Partner Downloads page, please review our separate publication guidelines for approved partners.)

Story and multimedia republishing rules

  • Editing material is prohibited, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and in-house style (for example, using “Waunakee, Wis.” instead of “Waunakee” or changing “yesterday” to “last week”)
  • Credit should be given, in this format: “By Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism”
  • If published online, you must include the links from the WCIJ story, and a link to
  • Users can republish our photos, illustrations, graphics and other multimedia elements ONLY with the stories with which they originally appeared, unless you are using a provided embed code. You may not separate any multimedia element from the story for standalone use. (But you do not need to use all photos or graphics included with the story). For any other reuse, you must seek permission from our multimedia director, Coburn Dukehart,
  • When possible, include the following: The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization that focuses on government integrity and quality of life issues in Wisconsin.
  • If you share the story on social media, please mention @wiswatch (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram)
  • Don’t sell the story — that is, the story may not be marketed as an individual product.
  • Don’t sell ads against the story. Feel free, however, to publish it on a page surrounded by ads you’ve already sold.
  • Any website our stories appear on must include a prominent and effective way to contact you.
  • If we send you a demand to change or remove WCIJ content from your site, you must agree to do so immediately.
  • Sources of any additional elements that are packaged with WCIJ content must be clearly labeled.

For questions regarding the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism republishing rules, or if you are a journalist or news organization that wants to become an approved media partner, please contact Andy Hall, executive director, at