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R. Perry Kidder

R. Perry Kidder

While I was studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, I witnessed a former UT Journalism student making an indelible mark on our profession.  By the time I graduated in 1971, Walter Cronkite was known as “the most trusted man in America”.  Ironically when you fast forward to  2011, I retired from that same CBS with nearly four decades of service.  Who would of guessed back in ’71 that I would be so influenced by this news legend.  It was clear from the beginning that ethics, honesty and hard work were the corner stone of excellence in journalism.  You don’t get to be the “most trusted” without those qualities.  Beyond that, great journalism requires the sources and resources to get to the truth. This website is devoted to those resources.  It is our hope that the Broadcast News Resource Center (BNRC) can be a broad based resource that will assist students and journalists through out Wisconsin, the U.S. and the world.  This site is devoted to the excellence in journalism that Walter and other news greats started.

When the opportunity came for me to help make this site a reality, to do what we can to better journalism….it seemed the perfect way to “close the loop” on a vision that Walter helped start in 1971.
Thanks to all that use this site.  Please let us know what else you would like to see and/or how to improve this news resource.  Should you find the BNRC useful please let others know.
  • All about algal blooms April 23, 2014
    Project: Murky Waters The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism collaborated on this four-part series to examine threats to the quality of the Madison area’s spectacular lakes, and ambitious new efforts that seek to improve them. Researchers around the world are watching our lakes in hopes of adapting these lessons to troubled bodie […]
  • Lake experiments explore roles of fish, computers, alum and more April 23, 2014
    Project: Murky Waters The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism collaborated on this four-part series to examine threats to the quality of the Madison area’s spectacular lakes, and ambitious new efforts that seek to improve them. Researchers around the world are watching our lakes in hopes of adapting these lessons to troubled bodie […]
  • Project: Murky Waters April 23, 2014
    “There are no trends in the lakes. The lake water quality is not getting better. It’s not getting notably worse. It’s as if the interventions we’re doing are just holding the line, running in place like the red queen in Alice in Wonderland.” A four-part collaborative series examining threats to the quality of the Madison area’s spectacular lakes, and ambitio […]
  • Yahara beach closures highlight algae, bacteria threats statewide April 23, 2014
    Learn About Tableau Murky Waters: Part 1 Today The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism proudly launch “Murky Waters,” a four-part series examining threats to the quality of the Madison area’s spectacular lakes, and ambitious new efforts that seek to improve them. Researchers around the world are watching our lakes in hopes of [... […]
  • GOP has edge in fall elections April 22, 2014
    Could this be an opportunity for minority Democrats to make major gains, maybe even retake control? The pundits are shaking their heads.
  • April: AG’s office could do more on openness April 1, 2014
    Should enforcement of Wisconsin’s open records and open meetings laws depend on individual citizens having to file often costly and protracted lawsuits? That is one option prescribed under these laws, and those who prevail in such cases can recover attorney’s fees. But the laws also contain provisions intended to help people resolve disputes in a cheaper and […]
  • March: Open those cookies, and more March 19, 2014
    As part of national Sunshine Week (sunshineweek.org), March 16-22, members of the Madison student and professional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists fanned out across the capital city, handing out fortune cookies. We dropped a handful in the offices of the elected officials, from Madison School Board to Gov. Scott Walker, as well as some un […]
  • Investigative reporter Umhoefer to receive Wisconsin Watchdog Award March 19, 2014
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative reporter Dave Umhoefer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 investigation into pension padding in Milwaukee County, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award. The award is a highlight of the fourth annual Wisconsin Watchdog Awards reception and dinner, presented jointly by the […]
  • March: Openness awards cap trying year March 12, 2014
    This last year has seen almost constant threats to the state's openness laws. We’ve had local law enforcement agencies suppressing drivers license information, a state senator claiming immunity from civil suits to evade the open records law, and attempts to deny public access to records of circuit court cases and university research. All of these threat […]
  • Action alert on bill to gut information on WCCA (CCAP) March 7, 2014
    SB 526, the bill that would purge the state's online records system of information about criminal cases that do not lead to convictions, or are overturned on appeal, passed a Senate committee yesterday on a 5-0 vote. The bill is now available for a full Senate vote. This is the most serious attempt to date to deprive the public of full and accurate info […]
  • Felix Salmon leaving Reuters for Fusion April 23, 2014
    Reuters finance writer Felix Salmon is headed for Fusion. He tells why on Medium: “Fusion, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a joint venture between ABC and Univision. It’s a TV channel aimed mainly at millennials, … Read more
  • Emma Gilbey Keller has resigned from The Guardian April 23, 2014
    Several months after her controversial column was removed from its website, Emma Gilbey Keller has formally resigned from The Guardian. “I haven’t written for The Guardian by my own choice since they took my column down in January before contacting … Read more
  • CNN Digital sees big jump in unique visitors during coverage of Malaysian airliner April 23, 2014
    CNN The mystery surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — which CNN covered exhaustively on TV for weeks after the disappearance — appears to have been good for CNN’s online business, too. CNN’s digital properties saw 76 million unique visitors … Read more
  • How did you/will you remember the spellings of state names? April 23, 2014
    Now that we’ll be spelling state names out in full, perhaps this is merely a way to remember that there was, once, another way. Do you have any tips or tricks that helped you remember the shortened version of … Read more […]
  • AP: Spell out names of states in stories April 23, 2014
    AP is not done rocking the journalism world with style changes. The following guidance went out on the AP wire Wednesday: “Effective May 1, the AP will spell out state names in the body of stories.” You will still … Read more […]

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