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2018

Beyond the Headlines Eau Claire

Building Trust: Eau Claire and its Journalists Engage on Poverty

Is it possible for Eau Claire to continue to develop at the pace of the past few years and be a community that is open and accessible to all?  

In recent years, our city has found its way onto sundry “best places to live” lists as ranked by the AARP, Outside Magazine, and a legion of online sources. These lists tend to tout certain qualities in common: access to natural beauty, a vibrant cultural scene—and affordability.  

The recent grand opening of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, a $60 million multi-use arts complex, promises to grow Eau Claire’s established reputation as the cultural hub of the region. A striking architectural achievement, the “Pablo” already has emerged as an iconic representation of Eau Claire’s aspirational identity.

What is the responsibility of the local media when reporting on the Pablo and the development that will surely follow in the wake of its success?  

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Building Trust: Eau Claire and Its Journalists Engage on Poverty

Oct 25, 2018
6:00 pm
FREE

Pablo Center at the Confluence, Room 124 / the Riverfront Rehearsal Room
128 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire, WI

Part forum, part workshop, part Q&A, this interactive presentation will let you hear from the experts, talk to your neighbors, and pose questions about poverty and journalism in Eau Claire.

Dominique Brossard

Professor
UW-Madison


Dominique Brossard is professor and chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the  UW-Madison Robert & Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW-Madison Center for Global Studies and the Morgridge Institute for Research.  

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Joan Garrett McClane

Staff Writer
Chattanooga Times Free Press


Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming the newspaper's project editor, she covered business, higher education and the court system. Her recent focus has been investigative and narrative pieces on everything from gang culture to suicide to the child welfare system.

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Joy Lukachick Smith

Reporter
GateHouse Media


Joy Lukachick Smith is a special projects reporter for GateHouse Media Iowa. For nearly a decade, she uncovered corruption and wrote about crime and politics in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Times Free Press. In 2017, Smith was a Pulitzer finalist for a series she co-wrote on Chattanooga's rising income inequality.

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Sarah Ferber

Associate Director
Ex-incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO)


Sarah Ferber, an Eau Claire resident, has experienced poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and everything in between.  After hitting rock bottom, community resource connections helped her to re-establish her life.  Ferber is now a diehard advocate for change, challenging the Eau Claire community to rethink the way it views substance use disorder and incarceration.

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Julian Emerson

Reporter
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram


Panel moderator Julian Emerson has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for the past 25 years, most of that time at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. During that time he has written about many topics, including poverty and homelessness.
His stories on an array of poverty-related topics have won multiple state and national awards.

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News Engagement Day: Art and Essay Contests

Oct 2, 2018
12:00 am
FREE

Email or in-person drop off, with winners announced at October 25 event.
BTHessay@gmail.com, BTHvisual@gmail.com
Eau Claire, WI

The contest has ended:

WINNING ENTRIES ARE POSTED IN THE RESOURCES TAB!


Have you noticed more Chippewa Valley students taking free or reduced lunches, or taking home weekend lunches? Do you know of people unable to buy healthy food, or any food? Are there Chippewa Valley residents who lack a stable home or can’t find affordable housing, or pay bills or pay their student loans?  Do you have post-high school education and find yourself in a low-wage job unrelated to your interests, skills, or gifts?  If yes, does this mean you are affected by poverty?

How much of this story do you think the news has told? Does the news show what you see?

The Beyond the Headlines Essay and Visual Works Contest gives Chippewa Valley residents a platform to describe what poverty looks like to them, in comparison to the way it is reported in the news. Contest entries can be submitted online or in person October 2 to October 11. Winners will be announced on October 25 and cash prizes awarded thanks to a grant from the Mahmoud S Taman Foundation.

CONTEST RULES:

  • Each contest has two categories. Essays and visual art may be submitted in either the Student (7th-12th grade) category, or in the Community Member category that is open to all ages. Prizes awarded in each category are First $100, Second $75 and Third $50. Winners will be announced and awarded on October 25 during the BTH headliner forum at the Pablo Center at the Confluence.
  • Please include name, address, contact information, and current grade in school for students, or tell us if you are a community member.
  • Essays and visual works will be judged on how well the entrants depict what poverty looks like to them or what stories journalists should be reporting about poverty. Consider the theme of "Building Trust" related to whether you trust journalism and its coverage of poverty issues, and why this is important to the public.
  • Visual Works: Maximum size: 24"X32". Visual works can take any form and may be created by an individual or group. Email videos or photos of the original work to BTHvisual@gmail.com 

Alternatively, labeled works in either contest can be dropped off at one of two Eau Claire locations:

* The front desk of The Local Store (at Volume One World Headquarters), 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire. Hours — Mon-Sat: 9am - 9pm // Sun: 9am - 4pm. Ask staff to set aside your Beyond the Headlines entry for Tom Giffey.

* The front desk of the Leader-Telegram: 701 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire. Hours--- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday -Friday. Ask staff to set aside your Beyond the Headlines entry for Julian Emerson.

Building Trust: Community Read and Discussion: The Elements of Journalism (Part 1)

Oct 3, 2018
6:00 pm
FREE

L.E Phillips Memorial Library
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire, WI

Join Beyond the Headlines in a community read of The Elements of Journalism, which examines the relationship of journalism and democracy, and outlines what journalists should know and the public expect. This is the first in a two-part series.

Jan Larson

Professor
UW-Eau Claire


Jan Larson is a professor of journalism in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where she also serves as department chair.

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Other Activities Related to this Event


Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

RSVP

Oct 18, 2018
7:30 pm

Schofield Hall, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire, WI

Chippewa Valley Book Festival event: Kevin Young outlines the history of the hoax and the hoaxing of history that led us to this particular moment of “fake news” and “truthiness.” Tickets required.

Knowing News -- Recognizing and Engaging with the News

No RSVP Required

Oct 4, 2018
7:00 pm

Menomonie Public Library

600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie, WI

Community read and discussion of the Elements of Journalism led by UWEC Prof. Jan Larson. https://menomonielibrary.org/calendar/#event|knowing-news-recognizing-and-engaging-with-the-news|2599

Building Trust: Journalism at the Movies Film Series and Discussion - Spotlight

Oct 8, 2018
6:00 pm
FREE

Woodland Theater, UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, third floor.
77 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI

Doors open at 6 pm. Movies start at 6:30, followed by discussion. Spotlight, the 2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, tells the true story of the Boston Globe investigative reporting team that uncovered the widespread and hidden sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests that shook the church and ultimately the world. Stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liv Schreiber and Rachel McAdams. Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Jan Larson

Professor
UW-Eau Claire


Jan Larson is a professor of journalism in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where she also serves as department chair.

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Building Trust: Community Read and Discussion: The Elements of Journalism (Part 2)

Oct 9, 2018
6:00 pm
FREE

L.E. Phillips Memorial Library
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire, WI

Join Beyond the Headlines in a community read of The Elements of Journalism, which examines the relationship of journalism and democracy, and outlines what journalists should know and the public expect. This is the second in a two-part series. Co-Author Tom Rosenstiel will join the conversation via Skype.

Tom Rosenstiel

Author, Executive Director
American Press Institute


Tom Rosenstiel is a journalist, author, executive director of the American Press Institute and fellow of the Brookings Institution. He was a co-founder of the Pew Research Center and formerly directed the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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Other Activities Related to this Event


Knowing News: A Journalist Panel Discusses Today's Newsroom

No RSVP Required

Oct 18, 2018
7:00 pm

UW Stout Student Center Ballroom A

302 10th Ave E
Menomonie, WI

A panel of local journalists discusses what work is like in today's news room. https://menomonielibrary.org/calendar/#event|knowing-news-a-journalist-panel-discusses-todays-newsroom|2697

Knowing News Book Discussion/Community Read

No RSVP Required

Nov 1, 2018
7:00 pm

Menomonie Public Library

600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie, WI

Book discussion The Elements of Journalism. Facilitated by UWEC Prof Jan Larson. https://menomonielibrary.org/calendar/#event|knowing-news-book-discussion|2698

Hard Times: An Artistic Expression of Poverty in Eau Claire

Oct 10, 2018
7:00 pm
FREE

Pablo Center at the Confluence, JAMF Theater
128 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire, WI

Start with a group of selected Eau Claire-area authors with deep literary talents and a passion for thoughtful storytelling. Mix them with local musicians who create a symphony of sound that stirs a range of deep emotions. Then add modern dancers whose graceful physical movements lend performances a soulful feel. Place them in a brand-new performing arts center and tell them to combine forces to depict the stories of poverty. The result will be a powerful, artistic display designed to change not only minds but hearts. Event is free; donations may be accepted at the door for The Community Table.

Participants thus far include authors:

  • Nickolas Butler
  • Jeannie Roberts
  • Bruce Taylor
  • Julian Emerson
  • Elan McCallum
  • Dan Lyksett
  • Patti See
  • Max Garland

Musicians

  • Sue Orfield
  • Jeremy Boettcher
  • Josh Gallagher
  • Greg Gilbertson
  • Billy Krause
  • Shane Leonard

Eau Claire Dance Festival dancers.

Building Trust: Journalism at the Movies Film Series and Discussion - The Florida Project

Oct 15, 2018
6:00 pm
FREE

Woodland Theater, UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, third floor.
77 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI

Doors open at 6 pm. Movies start at 6:30, followed by discussion. The Florida Project is a 2017 drama set over one summer in the life of 6-year-old Moonee and her single mother Halley. While Halley struggles to pay rent in the motel they call home, Moonee and her friends explore life in the shadows of the ultimate dream factory, Disney World. Stars Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Willem Dafoe. Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Building Trust: Journalism at the Movies Film Series and Discussion - Poor Kids

Oct 22, 2018
6:00 pm
FREE

Woodland Theater, UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, third floor.
77 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI

Doors open at 6 pm. Movies start at 6:30, followed by discussion led by Dr. Mary Nienow. "Poor Kids," a PBS Frontline special, tells the stories of three families over the course of half a decade to explore what poverty means to children in America. Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mary Nienow

Assistant Professor of Social Work
UW- Eau Claire


Dr. Mary Nienow has nearly twenty years of experience in research, teaching, advocacy, program coordination, policy development and analysis and community organizing. She was the co-founder of Grasstops, a nonprofit advocacy organization that assisted nonprofits and small community groups with their policy and advocacy goals.

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Building Trust: What Do You Really Want to Ask?

Nov 15, 2018
7:30 am
FREE

The Community Table
320 Putnam St. #2
Eau Claire, WI

This breakfast event will allow journalists and members of nonprofit organizations that provide services to the underprivileged to ask each other questions related to how their organizations operate and learn ways to work together to better inform the public about issues that affect them. Attendees can use note cards to pose questions during a short meet-and-greet that will then be read by a moderator to facilitate discussion.

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Events List


Oct 25

Building Trust: Eau Claire and Its Journalists Engage on Poverty


Oct 2

News Engagement Day: Art and Essay Contests


Oct 3

Building Trust: Community Read and Discussion: The Elements of Journalism (Part 1)


Oct 8

Building Trust: Journalism at the Movies Film Series and Discussion - Spotlight


Oct 9

Building Trust: Community Read and Discussion: The Elements of Journalism (Part 2)


Oct 10

Hard Times: An Artistic Expression of Poverty in Eau Claire


Oct 15

Building Trust: Journalism at the Movies Film Series and Discussion - The Florida Project


Oct 22

Building Trust: Journalism at the Movies Film Series and Discussion - Poor Kids


Nov 15

Building Trust: What Do You Really Want to Ask?


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What is Beyond the Headlines?

“Beyond the Headlines” brings Wisconsinites together for discussions that explore journalism’s crucial role in enabling productive citizen engagement in American democracy.

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Local Partners


Thanks to our local steering committee members!

Joyce Anderson, JONAH
Elizabeth Dohms, Wisconsin Public Radio
Julian Emerson, Eau Claire Leader Telegram
Tom Giffey, Volume One
Dave Gordon, Chippewa Valley Post
Kasey Grams, Clear Vision
Mike Huggins, Clear Vision
Dean Kallenbach, Wisconsin Public Radio
Jan Larson, UW Eau Claire Department of Communications and Journalism
Dan Schillinger, WQOW News 18
Sheng Xiong, Western Dairyland EOC


We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.