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Where's the Local News?

February 9, 2023

As our readers know, WisCommunity has for some time been concerned about the state of news coverage in Dunn County, particularly the declining coverage of civic events and government. This is primarily a one-man operation and it has been difficult to plug the quickly leaking hole in the news coverage dike. 

What I Have Been Watching - Totally Under Control

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TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL Trailer (2020) Coronavirus, President Trump

October 30, 2020

As the pandemic has lingered on and on and on I find that like many of you, I have been watching a lot more TV than normal. I will be trying to point out a few of the shows that I have found interesting. 

Facebook awards $16 million to fund local newsrooms - but sadly not ours

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May 7, 2020

Facebook that they have provided emergency grants to over 200 local newsrooms in the United States to help them cover losses due to the COVID-19 situation and to expand coverage of the pandemic.

Valentine's Day with Jack and the Gang

Jack Benny Program Valentines Day 1942

February 14, 2020

It's Valentine's Day - for many of you that means romance, but for people who love Old Time Radio, it's also Jack Benny's birthday. In that spirit, I'd like to share a Valentine's Day Jack Benny Program, featuring Jack's continual efforts to get a date, some WWII references, and the inimitable vocal stylings of Rochester Van Jones. And as always, Jack is trying to get people to see one of his movies - this time it's Charlie's Aunt. 

The Poison Squad

Poison Squad
January 28, 2020

A new American Experience will air on PBS Wisconsin tonight (Jan 28) at 8 PM. The new episode, The Poison Squad, is based on the book by Debora Blum which tells the story of government scientist Dr. Harvey Wiley. In a period where food and drugs could contain almost anything, Dr. Wiley was responsible for research that eventually pushed Congress to pass laws to protect consumers.

Green & Gold

Green & Gold (Old Town Road Parody)

January 12, 2020

In honor of the Packers today Charlie Berens brings us the Old Town Road parody we had no idea we needed.

Today in Menomonie Debuts on Facebook - WisCommunity Starts on News Break

January 4, 2020

Small changes have been occurring in Chippewa Valley media. I noted this morning when I opened the Facebook app on my phone that the Today in Menomonie icon appeared at the top of the page. is a Facebook feature that has slowly been rolling out through the US. It attempts to list news, events, and Facebook Page listings from your local area.

Pink Slime News Sites

December 18, 2019

. There is a very large network of algorithmically-driven "fake" news sites around the country. Many in the journalism community knew this was going on, and there have been stories in different news markets about this.

40 Years of London Calling

The Clash - London Calling (Official Video)

December 14, 2019

I was reminded on Facebook that the seminal album by the Clash, London Calling, was released 40 years ago today. Oddly, I happened to be listening to the album on the train up from the Google News Initiative Local conference (more on that tomorrow) and did not realize I was taking part in an event. As I was listening to it I thought it felt timely again in a creepy way. I don't live in London, but I do live by the river.

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