Dear Wisconsin Editor,
This Week's Column
Nihilism rears its head in Boston
“What’s nihilism?” my eighth-grader wanted to know. He was playing Words With Friends on his iPod Touch with his grandmother, and she was not letting the fact the kid is … Read full column »»
There have been lots of stories of late about newspapers in their death throes. And the only reason there haven’t been more, bedraggled editors might chuckle, is that they don’t have any reporters left to write the obit.
Even those of us who believe most firmly in what papers do every day wonder how we are going to live on with smaller staffs, limited money and less of the interesting, local content readers still crave.
Please consider a few possible antidotes: a weekly column by Mike Nichols about life, people, politics, issues and oddities in our smaller Wisconsin towns and cities; a brand-new, weekly cartoon about Wisconsin by Stuart Carlson; and a new, short (only 150 words), weekly feature called Wisconsin Past & Present.
The popular, affordable column already appears on the local or editorial pages of well over a dozen papers including the Oshkosh Northwestern, Appleton Post-Crescent, Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Wisconsin edition of the Pioneer Press, the Superior Telegram and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Take a few minutes to read some samples from the award-winning journalist's ten years as a metro columnist for the Journal Sentinel (where he took a buyout in late 2008 but continues to appear once a week) as well as some recent Badger Diggings columns now running throughout much of the state. Learn more about Mike and check out some reaction from Wisconsin editors and readers. Let somebody else worry about the obits.