June 11, 2013

Statement in Support of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Print More
WisWatch
Updated July 3, 2013: Background: On June 5, the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget-writing committee, with no public warning, approved a measure evicting the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from its University of Wisconsin campus offices in Madison and forbidding university employees from working with the Center. The full Legislature passed the measure but at the end of June Gov. Scott Walker eliminated it with a line item veto. Many journalists, journalism educators and members of the public rallied behind the Wisconsin Center. The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Board of Directors was among them.

The following statement is from the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Board of Directors:

The Wisconsin State Legislature Joint Finance Committee’s precipitant vote taken shortly after dawn on June 5 to expel the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and bar university employees from working with the organization is an attack on freedom of the press, a cornerstone of our democracy. The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (IowaWatch) condemns this vote and urges the legislature to remove this provision from its budget.

The Wisconsin Center is a nonprofit entity whose operating budget is supported by private foundations, individuals and news organizations and exists solely to serve the people of Wisconsin. As a fellow nonprofit organization that serves the public interest of our own home state through investigative journalism, IowaWatch stands firmly in solidarity with the Wisconsin Center.

The Wisconsin Center has provided vital training to UW-Madison journalists. It provides in-depth, explanatory, investigative journalism for free to news outlets across the state. The actions ofthe Joint Finance Committee are reprehensible and are in direct conflict with Wisconsin citizens’ need for a vigorous and varied investigative journalistic community.

By a unanimous decision of its voting members on June 7, 2013, the board of directors of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, a champion of vibrant democracy and a free and unfettered press, lends its full support to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and to people of Wisconsin. The board calls upon the Wisconsin State Legislature to remove this provision from its budget.

The voting members included: Stephen J. Berry, Jason Brummond, Erin Jordan, David  Schwartz, Mary Ungs-Sogaard and Corinna Zarek. Board member Judy Polumbaum endorsed the action via email. Board member Andy Hall abstained from voting on the board’s endorsement, because he is the executive director of the Wisconsin Center.

June 7, 2013


 

RELATED LINKS

Center’s possible eviction from UW: Summary and resources: Resource page — subject to continuous updates. WisconsinWatch.org

INN statement on vote to evict Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Investigative News Network

IRE Board of Directors calls for Wisconsin lawmakers to halt action against Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Investigative Reporters and Editors


3 thoughts on “Statement in Support of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

  1. Pingback: Center’s possible eviction from UW: Summary and resources | WisconsinWatch.org

  2. Pingback: Lawmakers’ attempt to evict Center arouses national controversy | WisconsinWatch.org

  3. Pingback: Mediated Communication » Resource page for WCIJ/SJMC budget bill amendment crisis

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *