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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.

  • Lauren Fuhrmann promoted to WCIJ associate director August 27, 2014
    Lauren Fuhrmann has been promoted to associate director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Fuhrmann, who joined the Center in 2011, was promoted from public engagement director to associate director in recognition of her growing responsibilities and outstanding performance, Executive Director Andy Hall said. “Lauren’s willingness to tackle […]
  • TV political ads now easier to track August 26, 2014
    The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., is collecting the ad buy filings and posting them online, in a tool it calls Political Ad Sleuth.
  • Bad wells spur Kewaunee County to mull waste-spreading restrictions August 26, 2014
    A proposal to ban waste spreading in winter and early spring on fields with shallow soil is facing opposition from powerful agricultural interests and questions about its legality.
  • Cranberry growers frustrated after feds reject production cuts August 19, 2014
    Despite a huge oversupply of cranberries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rejected a recommendation to curb cranberry production, citing concerns over possible illegal coordination between the Cranberry Marketing Committee and Canadian growers.
  • AG race matchup could be a sizzler August 19, 2014
    Happ’s win cannot fairly be described as totally unpredictable, because it was not totally unpredicted.
  • August: AG rivals all back more openness July 31, 2014
    In Wisconsin, the office of attorney general has the authority to interpret and prosecute the state’s open records and open meetings laws. It is arguably the most important office in the state for promoting and defending our tradition of open government. With that in mind, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council asked the three Democrats and one Republi […]
  • July: A wish-list for open government July 1, 2014
    Most candidates for public office, when asked, will pledge their support for open and transparent government. The real question is: Are they committed to fixing problems and expanding what information is available? Recently, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council drew up a “Legislative wish-list for open government” — changes in state law to improve ac […]
  • June: Media need photos to tell the story May 29, 2014
    In early May the newspaper I work for, the Wisconsin State Journal, requested the official portraits of the Madison police officers involved in the fatal shooting a few days earlier of a man police say had just stabbed two women to death. Although he’d released the officers’ names, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval initially balked at releasing their photos. P […]
  • May: Lawmakers should retain, release records April 30, 2014
    In early April, in a case brought by the conservative MacIver Institute against state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals declared that communications from citizens to lawmakers are, as one judge put it, “subject to the open records law, without redaction.” But the court also recognized that legislators have the power to tweak the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Today in media history: ‘The Workingmen’s Picnic’ and other early Labor Day reports September 1, 2014
    What was the news coverage like for the first Labor Day celebrations? The Library of Congress and its “Chronicling America” collection gives us some newspaper examples and this description of the first parade: On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America’s first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall […]
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  • A&E Networks purchase stake in Vice Media August 29, 2014
    The Hollywood Reporter | New York Times | The Huffington Post | Financial Times | A&E Networks will pay $250 million for a 10 percent stake in Vice Media, a deal that values the company at 2.5 billion, Paul Bond wrote in The Hollywood Reporter Friday. Earlier in the day, Time Warner dropped its bid to purchase a stake in Vice Media, a deal reportedly fel […]
  • Intercept redesign shows article pageview counter August 29, 2014
    The Intercept The Intercept debuted a new look Friday, shrinking its navigation bar, adding a pageview counter and reconfiguring the homepage layout. The new design allows readers to see more content — one prominent story and four secondary stories — without having to scroll. Here’s a look at the transformation: Before: After: The new icon next to the tally […]
  • Overworked and overwhelmed? Consider these 7 questions August 29, 2014
    If you’re feeling swamped at work these days, you’re not alone. I’m not talking “I don’t get to go out for lunch very often” busy. I mean “I’m buried in work, never fully off the clock and still feel I’m letting people down” busy. I hear it regularly from the managers I teach and coach. It’s a function of the downsized staffing but increased demands and resp […]
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