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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.
  • Sen. Schultz exits, shaking his head April 15, 2014
    Schultz, a Republican who is stepping down after 32 years in the Legislature, most as a state senator, is dumbfounded: “Who’d have ever thought you’d be at a Republican function and have to defend Abraham Lincoln?”
  • Money & Politics columns April 15, 2014
    Weekly commentary from Bill Lueders, Money & Politics Project director.
  • Big money backfires in local races April 7, 2014
    One day before the U.S. Supreme Court opened new spigots of campaign cash, well-funded groups seeking to sway elections in two northern Wisconsin counties, Polk and Iron, inadvertently drove home another point: Throwing money into the process can hurt as well as help.
  • Grant boosts investigation of Wisconsin water issues, experiment in journalism education at UW-Madison April 4, 2014
    Wisconsin’s water quality and supply will be investigated by University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and others through a $35,000 grant announced by the Online News Association. The project, titled The Confluence: A Live News Experiment Covering Wisconsin Waters, connects journalism courses, WCIJ […]
  • Johns Hopkins researchers warn Wisconsinites near large livestock farms of public health, environmental concerns April 3, 2014
    Six leading researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health are warning northeastern Wisconsin rural residents that over-application of manure at intensive livestock operations could cause them a host of health problems and damage the environment.
  • 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 […]
  • Denver Post strengthens sponsored content designation on energy section April 17, 2014
    Center for Western Priorities | ThinkProgress | Wonkette Following articles that said a Denver Post-sponsored energy section wasn’t marked clearly enough, Post President and CEO Mac Tully told Poynter in an email the paper decided to “strengthen the sponsored content … Read more […]
  • OK, now let’s read some good ledes April 17, 2014
    That was fun. Thanks for sharing your bad ledes, and I hope you enjoyed a few of ours. Let’s take this thing one step further now and talk about good ledes. Luckily, Poynter faculty and staff have done … Read more […]
  • Newspapers mentioned in rap songs: A brief history April 17, 2014
    I love rap music, and I love first-person narrative journalism, for some of the same reasons. Rappers, like writers, tell stories — about the places they’ve been, the things they’ve done, and the people and institutions (newspapers included) that have … Read more
  • Whoopi Goldberg launches column for Denver Post pot site April 17, 2014
    The Cannabist | Digital First Media Goldberg at the 2008 Tony Awards (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen) Whoopi Goldberg loves her vape pen: “her ability to help me live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in … Read more […]
  • And now for some really bad ledes April 17, 2014
    These bad ledes don’t need another one introducing them, so let’s keep it simple. We asked for your bad ledes. You sent them. Enjoy. “My worst lede was my first lede,” Jim Morrison, a reporter with Wicked Local Newton … Read more […]

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