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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.

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Tribune wants to buy more newspapers July 29, 2014
    Crain’s Chicago Business Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin wants to buy “smaller newspapers in or near his existing markets,” Lynne Marek reports. “We think there are more of these opportunities around the country that are geographically adjacent to where we run big papers and big brands, and that over time we can achieve similar kinds of consolidation and […]
  • NYT’s new digital apps and subscriptions are off to a bumpy start July 29, 2014
    On the surface, the New York Times Co. had a very positive headline number as part of its second quarter earnings report today — a 32,000 digital circulation increase, driven by three newly introduced digital services. But in a subsequent conference call with analysts, executives were quick to concede that the launch of NYT Now, NYT Opinion and Times Premier […]
  • NYT looking into claim one of its reporters swiped from Wikipedia July 29, 2014
    FishbowlNY Carol Vogel’s July 24 New York Times story about the artist Piero di Cosimo includes the following description: He is said to have been terrified of thunderstorms and so pyrophobic that he rarely cooked his food, subsisting mostly on hard-boiled eggs that he prepared 50 at a time while heating glue for his art. He didn’t clean his studio. He didn’ […]
  • NYT says its Gaza photos are real July 29, 2014
    BagNews The New York Times says Atlantic senior editor David Frum is incorrect to claim that some photos taken in Gaza last week were faked or staged. “David Frum’s claims are false,” Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Poynter. Frum sent several tweets last week claiming the photos were faked. Faked photo leads NYT story today http://t.co/x08PRt4epG — Dav […]
  • Four ways to be seen as a leader, even when you’re not in charge July 29, 2014
    In the past few years, I’ve worked with organizations as they identify and train emerging leaders. The goal is twofold: to let promising people know their contributions are valued and to increase their chances of success if they’re promoted to management. So, what does it take to be considered an emerging leader? What are these people doing that sets them ap […]

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