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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.

Wisconsin LION Members Show Well in First Award Ceremony

LION Awards
October 30, 2019

Wisconsin News Sites had a terrific showing at the first annual LION Awards. LION Publishers is a national trade group of Local Independent Online News publishers (WisCommunity has been a member for two years).

New Season of Around The Farm Table starts tonight

Around the Farm Table
October 10, 2019

The next season of Around the Farm Table with Inga Witscher starts tonight. If you tune in you will be happy to see that local fruit grower Mary Dirty Face Farm is one of the local farmers Inga visits tonight. 7:30 PM tonight on WPT.

News and Social Media Panel in Eau Claire

News and Social Media Panel Photo

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

meeting
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.

ADA vs PEG TV in Brown County

Brown County Logo
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.