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Challenges amid the Chaos: Reporters on Covering Scott Walker

MADISON –Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker can’t stop making news – in his home state and in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and elsewhere in the U.S. and across the globe. Join three of Wisconsin’s award-winning political journalists and a nationally known media and political science scholar as they discuss the challenges and chaos of covering Walker.

The discussion takes place from 7-8:30 pm on Monday, June 1, at UW-Madison’s Memorial Union. Check Today in the Union (TITU) that day for the room assignment.

It features Jessica Arp of WISC-TV in Madison, winner of the 2014 UW-Madison Nafziger Award for Achievement within 10 Years of Graduation; Matthew DeFour of the Wisconsin State Journal, 2014 co-winner of Milwaukee Press Club’s beat reporting and investigative story of the year awards; Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, co-author of “More Than They Bargained For: Scott Walker, Unions and the Fight for Wisconsin;” and Michael Wagner, UW-Madison professor of journalism and political science and co-author of “Political Behavior of the American Electorate.”

The event is free and open to the public, who will have an opportunity to hear from journalists directly about political reporting, and to ask questions. All area journalists are especially welcome to attend, and membership in SPJ is not necessary.

Based in Indianapolis, SPJ is a national membership organization that promotes high professional and ethical standards among journalists, First Amendment principles and the belief that a free and vigorous press is vital in a representative democracy. The Madison professional chapter was formed around 1990. Membership costs $75 annually, and it is open to journalists who spend at least half of their professional life writing or editing work for publication.

Contact: Mark Pitsch, mpitsch@madison.com; 608-252-6145

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