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Discussion and information about media in Wisconsin, concentrating on various forms of community media, PEG TV, low power radio, and hyperlocal web sites and blogs.

News and Social Media Panel in Eau Claire

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News and Social Media Panel Discussion in Eau Claire

October 2, 2019

A News and Social Media Panel was held in Eau Claire on October 1, 2019. The panel was sponsored by the , and was attended by 20 people on a rainy uncomfortable night.

What does “news” mean to young people? - Guest editorial - Brandi Makuski, Point Plover Metro Wire

June 4, 2019

In January, students at Pacelli High School completed their J Term projects: presentations to fellow classmates summarizing a nontraditional topic studied by small groups during a two-week period between Christmas and the start of the second semester.

Wisconsin dairy crisis on Nightline

November 1, 2018

Last night's Nightline program featured the dairy crisis in Wisconsin. Watch local farmers, including Farmer's Union officer Sarah Lloyd as they discuss the dairy crisis, the current administration, and the upcoming election. 

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson
April 29, 2018

I recently read When the Hills Are Gone - a book about the sand mining activists in Wisconsin during the period of the frac sand boom. The author, Thomas W. Pearson, is an associate professor of anthropology at UW-Stout. A disclaimer - I've known Tom for years, particularly since the frac sand activist period documented in this book. 

The Death of Democracy by a thousand paper cuts

March 19, 2018

News is essential to democracy. More and more, the news that we rely on to make daily decisions is disappearing. Oh, there's plenty of news out there, but as our president is so fond of saying, much of it is fake news. News with an agenda, news with a slant, news that is nothing but a pack of lies. News in a silo does nothing for democracy, it only serves to polarize and make it nigh impossible for people in opposing camps to even speak, much less understand each other.

Closed Captioning Rule endangers availability of governmental meeting videos

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January 29, 2018

Confusion is reigning among community television groups in the state as it is becoming unclear if video of governmental meetings can be shown on community tv.

Lisa Lucas - Make Your Voice Matter: Working with the Media

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Lisa Lucas - Make Your Voice Matter

November 17, 2017

The Do's and Dont's of building relationships with the media, pitching stories, and getting your message amplified. This is a talk given at the Western Wisconsin Citizen Summit on Nov. 12, 2017 in Eau Claire.

Lisa Lucas is the Communications Director at Wisconsin Voices. She has a background in nonprofit and communications management. A Wisconsin native, Lisa holds a BA in Political Science and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin.

ADA vs PEG TV in Brown County

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October 13, 2017

Rules have existed for several years now regarding closed captioning of television, largely enforced through the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. The implementation fo closed captioning varies wildly, from the careful captioning you will see on network television shows, to amusingly terrible, as you will see on live television in many cases.

My cord-cutting story part 2

March 30, 2017

So, a while back I wrote a little about our attempt to cut the cord on our TV. The ever-increasing price of cable (even on our wonderful telephone co-op service) had been becoming hard to bear, not to mention the fact that the company providing the cable service to the co-op seems to be a tad on the sloppy side.  We have often found our local PBS channel only has one channel of stereo sound, and some other anomalies.

Another Trip down Memory Lane with Jack Benny

Jack Benny in To Be or Not To Be
March 12, 2017

This is partly a test to see if I have fixed the caching problems for the audio player, and partly just because I love old Jack Benny shows. In this one, we go back to the "I Can't Stand Jack Benny" contest.  In 1945 as the war was drawing to a close, the show ran a contest with big prizes where you entered by sending in a card explaining why you can't stand Jack Benny.  This was seriously in tune with the self-deprecating humor of the show, and the continual jibes aimed at Jack.

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