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University of Wisconsin–Madison

2021: Journalism Ethics & the Crisis in Local News


This event has been rescheduled for April 23, 2021.

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Free and open to the public


Keynote conversation with AMINDA MARQUES GONZALEZ / The Miami Herald

The Power of Local News: Lessons from the Jeffrey Epstein Story

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Aminda (Mindy) Marqués González is President & Publisher and Executive Editor of the Miami Herald Media Company and McClatchy’s Florida Regional Editor, which includes Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, Bradenton Herald, the Keys digital products and the Tallahassee bureau.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Marqués began her career as a Miami Herald intern and rose to become the paper’s first Hispanic editor in 2010. Her career has included assignments as a metro reporter, assistant city editor, deputy metro editor, multimedia editor and Sunday/features editor.

During her tenure as executive editor, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist five times. Marqués serves on the Pulitzer Prize board and is past-president of the Florida Society of News Editors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]




8:45 AM: OPEning remarks


  • Kathleen Bartzen Culver (discussion leader), director, Center for Journalism Ethics, associate professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, UW-Madison
  • Damian Radcliffe, professor, University of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication
  • Raquel Rutledge, public service investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Jennifer Zettel-Vandenhouten, regional editor, Duluth Media Group


  • Julie Bosman (discussion leader), national correspondent, New York Times
  • Joseph Lichterman, manager of digital and editorial strategy, Lenfest Institute
  • Annie Madonia, chief advancement officer, Lenfest Institute

10:45 AM: partisans, polarization & the public

  • Stephanie Edgerly (discussion leader), associate professor, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University
  • Jesse Holcomb, assistant professor of journalism and communication, Calvin University
  • Marty Kaiser, managing director of the University of Maryland Capital News Service

11:45 AM: Lunch



  • Alexandria Mason (discussion leader), producer and journalist, Milwaukee PBS
  • André Natta, reporter, Resolve Philadelphia
  • Ayan Mittra, editor, Texas Tribune
  • Phoebe Petrovic, criminal justice project manager and investigative reporter, Wisconsin Watch
  • Manuel Torres, regional editor, The Marshall Project


The Power of the Local News: Lessons from the Jeffrey Epstein Story

Interview to be conducted by Neil Heinen, editorial director, WISC-TV

3:15 PM Closing remarks

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Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and free expression. Culver was the founding education curator for MediaShift, where she helped advance innovation in journalism curricula and courses, and a visiting faculty member for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

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Julie Bosman

Julie Bosman is a national correspondent for the New York Times, covering national news throughout the Midwest from her home base in Chicago. She joined the Times in 2002 as a research assistant for Maureen Dowd, and after being promoted to reporter, has since filed stories from more than 45 states, covering the 2008 presidential campaign, education in New York City, the business of book publishing and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

As a correspondent covering the Midwest, she has a special focus on her home state of Wisconsin. She graduated with a journalism degree in 2001 from UW-Madison and was the editor-in-chief of The Badger Herald.

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Stephanie Edgerly

Stephanie Edgerly is an associate professor in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. Her research explores how shifts in the media environment promote or prevent engagement with news, especially among youth and young adults. Edgerly in a faculty researcher at Medill’s Local News Initiative where she is working on a nation-wide project to better understand the relationship between different types of local news media markets and journalism innovation. Other recent projects examine the dynamics of youth news socialization and the predictors of news avoidance.

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Neil Heinen

Neil Heinen is the Editorial Director for WISC TV and Madison Magazine. Heinen has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly the National Conference of Editorial Writers) including serving as president in 2007, and is a past president of the AOJ Foundation. He received the organization’s highest honor of Life Membership in 2013. He is a member of the clinical faculty of the Kettering Foundation, and for 15 years was a member of the adjunct faculty of Edgewood College.

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Jesse Holcomb

Jesse Holcomb teaches journalism and communication at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to this, Holcomb was an associate director of research at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., where he helped lead a broad research agenda around journalism, technology and civic life. A frequent collaborator, Holcomb is principal advisor to the Knight Foundation’s Trust, Media and Democracy research with Gallup, and is the lead analyst on the Institute for Nonprofit News’s annual survey of nonprofit newsrooms. Holcomb holds a master’s degree from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and has held writing and editorial roles at Sojourners magazine and the Public Interest Network. Since 2017, he has been a fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

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Marty Kaiser

Marty Kaiser was editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1997 to 2015. Under his leadership, the Journal Sentinel won three Pulitzer Prizes and was a finalist six other times. Editor & Publisher magazine named Kaiser the Editor of the Year in 2009, recognizing his ability to increase investigative and enterprise reporting while developing one of the most respected newsroom cultures in the nation. Since 2018 he has been at the University of Maryland where he is now director of the Merrill College of Journalism’s Capital News Service. He also is a journalism consultant working with news organizations across the United States and Europe.


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Annie Madonia

Annie Madonia currently serves as the chief advancement officer for the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Prior to joining The Lenfest Institute, Annie spent seven years as the senior vice president of philanthropy and strategic planning at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Working with volunteers and a 35-member development team, she was responsible for leading and managing all of the United Way’s fundraising programs and initiatives, raising nearly $60 million annually from 100,000 donors, as well as volunteer engagement, affinity groups and events. Before joining the United Way, Annie served as vice president of development and board relations for The Philadelphia Orchestra; prior to that, she spent 12 years at The Cleveland Orchestra, ultimately serving as director of development from 2000-2007.

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Alexandria Mason

Alexandria Mason is currently a producer for Milwaukee PBS’ longrunning African-American public affairs program “Black Nouveau” that highlights the city’s vibrant Black community. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017, Mason went on to receive a master’s in multimedia journalism in 2018 from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Mason got her start in television by interning at ABC’s investigative program “20/20” before taking a job as a digital producer at Milwaukee NBC’s affiliate. 

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Ayan Mittra

Ayan Mittra is the editor of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. He oversees a newsroom of more than 30 journalists who are focused on greater government transparency and accountability.

Under his leadership, the Tribune has won several national honors, including a Peabody Award and multiple Online News Association and Edward R. Murrow awards. 

Before joining the Tribune in 2012, Ayan worked 11 years for The Dallas Morning News.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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André Natta

André Natta is Resolve Philly’s project editor for “Broke in Philly”, a reporting collaborative project on economic mobility. He previously served as editorial director of the Lenfest Local Lab at the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Andre started and maintained the local independent news site, The Terminal, in Birmingham, Ala. for more than 10 years. A 2018 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, he’s previously worked in both hospitality and economic development in Alabama and Georgia and been a columnist for B-Metro Magazine and the Poynter Institute. He also served as a digital news producer for both the Southern Education Desk, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded regional journalism collaborative, and NPR member station WBHM.

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Phoebe Petrovic
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Phoebe Petrovic is an investigative radio reporter at Wisconsin Watch, where she serves as the criminal justice reporting project manager. She’s currently the host and lead reporter of a forthcoming investigative, narrative podcast. The series, Open and Shut, examines police and prosecutorial misconduct, and is produced in collaboration with FRONTLINE. Before coming to Wisconsin Watch, Phoebe worked at Wisconsin Public Radio, Reveal, NPR’s Here & Now and WCPN ideastream. Her position at Wisconsin Watch is supported by Report for America and she holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University.

Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, a Professor of Practice, and an affiliate of the Department for Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA), at the University of Oregon.

He is also a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist and researcher, Damian has worked in editorial, research, policy and teaching positions for the past two decades in the UK, Middle East, and USA. This includes roles in all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic and nonprofit/civil society) and all platforms (print, digital, TV and radio).


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Raquel Rutledge

Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where she covers a variety of subjects from health and science to crime and taxes. Her investigation into fraud in Wisconsin’s day care subsidy program won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. In 2011, Rutledge was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University studying food regulation. The following year she led an investigation into a local company responsible for tainted alcohol wipes linked to the death of a 2-year-old boy. The series, “Shattered Trust,” won a Gerald Loeb Award and other national accolades.  More recently, Rutledge has uncovered how a chemical known to cause deadly lung disease is endangering coffee workers and those who use e-cigarettes. She was recognized in 2018 with national awards for exposing dozens of deaths and injuries of tourists in Mexico as well as the dangers that barrel recycling plants pose to workers and nearby residents.

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Manuel Torres

Manuel Torres is regional editor at The Marshall Project, working with a team reporting on the high incarceration states of the South. Torres worked for The Times-Picayune from 200 to 2019 as a reporter and editor, including posts as criminal justice editor and senior news editor. He was part of the reporting team awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service and Breaking News for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He’s worked on teams that won a Peabody, an IRE Award and two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. Torres lives in New Orleans.

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Jennifer Zettel-Vandenhouten

Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is regional editor for Duluth Media Group in Duluth, Minnesota. She edits three weeklies: the Superior Telegram, the Pine Journal and the Lake County News-Chronicle. Before starting in Duluth, Zettel-Vandenhouten was an education reporter for the Post-Crescent in Appleton and later edited the opinion sections for all 10 USA Today Network-Wisconsin sites. She guided their transition from traditional commentary to solutions journalism in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Ideas Lab. She is a graduate of UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a proud Badger Herald alumna. She lives in Superior, Wisconsin, with her husband Dan.


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