Some industry peeps "had a very good year"

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Posted by MadGuy on November 02, 2009 at 11:22:01:

Snips from Madison Magazine's November 2009 issue with a link to the complete article at the bottom of this post:

[The Unsilencer
Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz

In 2008, Ginsberg-Schutz penned the article Seeing Is Believing for Madison Magazine, sharing the stories of seven victims of domestic violence. And then she started the empowering blog Violence UnSilenced, where victims can tell their own experiences in their own words. This summer, Madison’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Services honored her with a Community Service Award and her blog got a nod from the Huffington Post.]

[The Watchdog
Andy Hall

Early this year, veteran Wisconsin State Journal reporter Hall gave journalism a much-needed confidence boost when he launched the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism witih a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Already the WCIJ’s work has made headlines around the state, producing multimedia news stories in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and offering it to news outlets for free. Hall’s a pioneer in his field; and he’s training the future.]

[The Campus Champs
Dawn Crim and Vince Sweeney

After the John Wiley/Biddy Martin chancellor transition shook out, Crim was appointed by Martin to succeed Lamarr Billups, the well-respected community relations czar who left in 2007 to be Georgetown’s assistant vice president of business policy. Big shoes, but Crim’s a former college basketball player and coach, so she’s used to big shoes—and filling them expertly.

Sweeney, who rose through the ranks of the Richter and Alvarez Athletic Department dynasty, was tapped by Martin this year for another big job—vice chancellor for university relations, a brand-new position. He beat out impressive candidates with more letters after their names because he’s a Madison guy through and through—smart, homegrown, well-connected and a former journalist. Everybody loves Vince. Biddy will, too.]

[The Wordsmiths
Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman

Poetry is seriously in motion—both online and in print—in Madison, thanks to these co-editors of Verse Wisconsin, a new poetry magazine. Picking up where Free Verse magazine left off when it ceased publication this year, the magazine publishes poetry and prose about poetry and seeks to connect Wisconsin’s community of poets. Its website went live in September, and be sure to watch for the debut issue in January.]

[The Big Thinker
Matt Rothschild

This year The Progressive magazine celebrated its hundredth anniversary of being “a magazine of progress, social, intellectual, institutional,” as Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. stated when he started the publication in 1909. Yet in the middle of the milestone the magazine faced a cash crunch, with editor Rothschild announcing in August that the magazine would need to raise $90,000 within two weeks to keep afloat. Fortunately, readers and supporters responded quickly—and generously, ultimately raising over $121,000—to keep the magazine’s unique voice loud and strong.]

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