As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal, Governor Walker has decided to use his line-item veto; the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism will stay on the UW-Madison campus, here in Vilas Hall.
This means that our students, faculty, and staff will continue to enjoy the close and productive collaboration in research, teaching, and service that such proximity provides.
Please note that the Center is responding to the good news with a timely new campaign to increase its funding for student investigative reporting interns:
Today we’re announcing the creation of the WCIJ Education Fund, to support our internship program in which students pursue investigative stories important to the people of Wisconsin. It costs about $25,000 to fully support an internship for one year.
That translates to 100 contributions of $250 apiece. Support in any amount is appreciated.
Finally, let me take a moment to thank everyone who has supported us over the past few weeks. Today’s success is due to an inspiring collective effort on the part of many, many friends of the School, both on campus and off, who worked quickly, carefully, and ethically to educate the public (and our state government) about the good work that the Center, the School, and the students of UW-Madison have done throughout the course of our collaborative experiment in research, teaching, and service. That good work can now continue apace. The result today is a big victory for the values of academic freedom, investigative journalism, and the Wisconsin Idea.
Professor and Director
School of Journalism & Mass Communication