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The Onion's A.V. Club Madison website to shut down

Madison arts and entertainment news on The Onion's A.V. Club Madison website will end on June 15. On Friday, in an email obtained by Isthmus, Madison city editor Ben Munson told his contributors that this local portion of the satiric newspaper's A.V. Club coverage will close. >More
 Daily Cardinal alumni celebrate 120 years, pay tribute to Anthony Shadid

This weekend's 120th anniversary celebration for UW-Madison's The Daily Cardinal student newspaper drew alumni from San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Amsterdam, Italy and elsewhere. More than a few came because of the untimely loss of a dear friend: paper alumni and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, whose death in February shocked the Cardinal family. >More
 State Journal columnist Chris Rickert is a dogged, combative tweeter

We've noted the interesting social media approach adopted by Wisconsin State Journal columnist Chris Rickert before, but over the weekend and after mentioning that getting into spitting matches on Twitter was a "weakness," he was at it again. >More
 Lee Enterprises bankruptcy not expected to affect State Journal

Lee Enterprises, which owns the Wisconsin State Journal and about 50 other newspapers, announced last week it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after it failed to renegotiate all of its debt. >More
 State Journal columnist Chris Rickert has a Cieslewicz/Isthmus fixation

In the last five days, Wisconsin State Journal columnist Chris Rickert has gone out of his way to skewer Isthmus blogger and former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. Why? >More
 Wisconsin State Journal farms out Packers coverage

It is no secret that this is not the best of financial times for daily newspapers around the country, including the Wisconsin State Journal. The latest sign that Madison's morning daily may once again be facing an economic howitzer came on July 27 in an online announcement at and in the print version's sports section, where editor John Smalley wrote that the paper would no longer cover the Green Bay Packers. >More
 Charter's tech support via Twitter is surprisingly good

If you've heard anything about Twitter, there's a good chance it involved the word "useless." And if you've heard anything about customer service at Charter Communications, Madison's primary cable television provider, there's a good chance it also involved that word. Or possibly stronger language. But something strange happens when you combine the two: They work. >More
 David Douglas: The Storyteller

Since his 2008 debut as a general-assignment reporter at WISC-Channel 3, David Douglas has made a mark, lending him the aura of a rising star destined for some big-city television news constellation. "I like him," says Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "I've always felt that he treated me fairly. He asks smart questions" and "does as much preparation as any reporter I know." >More
 New digital subchannels offer free mediocre programming

The state of the economy, coupled with constantly rising cable and satellite rates, has only made it easier for the tightwads among us to dump pay television. That means relying on discs or online services like Hulu or Netflix to stay up to date with Mad Men and Breaking Bad. It also means hooking up an antenna and getting acquainted with a whole new set of broadcast channels. >More
 A TV critic reviews Wisconsin campaign ads

Televised political ads are, for better or worse, entertainment. Like other TV productions, they try to hook us with drama, comedy, music, acting and a lot of fanciful made-up stuff. So what are the hits and misses among current showbiz efforts by Wisconsin politicians and their allies? This is a job for a TV critic. >More
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