FAQS Wisconsin Reporter

What is Wisconsin Reporter?
WisconsinReporter.com is a network of journalists reporting on state and local governments and more.  We also have a central hub, where we highlight stories from reporters who operate similar websites and news sources.

What news do you cover?
We report on activities of state and local public officialspublic programs and the use of taxpayer money that supports them.  If government is involved, we’re interested.  Because a healthy democracy requires informed citizens, we’re providing you information you need to hold government accountable.

Who are your reporters?
Our reporters are Republicans, Democrats, Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and unaffiliated, just like at any other news organization.  While we won’t promote one party over another, we do hold some common beliefs:  Government must be transparent, open and honest.  Meetings, records, contracts, budgets, audits, receipts, campaign reports and other public documents should be easily and affordably accessible by the People.

Do you have ethical and stylistic standards?
Previously, Franklin Center editors, reporters and staff are guided by Associated Press standards and the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.  Many of our network’s reporters work at non-profits in individual states. The state-based non-profit reporters and all Watchdog.org reporters retain sole responsibility for the information that appears on their Watchdog.org sites.

Today, we are recreating our standard operating policies.

Who’s behind this thing anyway?
Previously, sites are a project of Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting investigative journalism by utilizing new media technology.

How do I join or contact the network?
Journalists or organizations interested in joining our network can Contact Us Here.