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Madison's web celebs

The Internet has provided fertile ground for Madison's creative class for more than a decade. No longer limited by geography or traditional gatekeepers, local people are cultivating opportunities that simply didn't exist in the pre-digital world, especially opportunities to become celebrities of sorts. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The podcaster: Mike Duncan

The Roman Empire fell more than 1,500 years ago, long before the Internet existed. Interestingly, its demise created a path to contemporary stardom for Madison resident Mike Duncan, creator and host of an award-winning podcast called The History of Rome. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The blogger: Gabrielle Pedriani

UW alum and self-described fashion nerd Gabrielle Pedriani has also made a name for herself on the Internet. Her Look Sharp, Sconnie blog started making waves when it won Marie Claire magazine's nationwide #SoGoodFashion Twitter challenge in 2012. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The actor: J.D. Walsh

After falling in love with the stage at Madison West High School in the early 1990s, J.D. Walsh did what many ambitious creative types did before the almighty Internet cast its web worldwide. He headed to a coast. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The impressionist: Jason Stephens

In some cases, entertainers and entrepreneurs circumvent traditional paths to fame out of necessity. I know from personal experience at WTDY that the local radio industry is struggling to find its place in a broadening media landscape. Increasingly, seasoned radio professionals aren't being replaced. Their positions are simply being eliminated. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The retailer: Natalie Bass

Internet fame isn't just for writers, scholars and entertainers. The web's ability to make minor celebrities out of ordinary folks is strengthening more traditional types of businesses. Graphic artist turned clothing designer Natalie Bass laid the foundation for her Monroe Street shop Zip-Dang with her online store Orangyporangy. >More
 77 Square slims down, content absorbed in The Capital Times

The entertainment and lifestyle publication77 Squarewas noticeably slimmer this week, with less content. Chris Murphy, managing editor ofThe Capital Times, declined to comment but did confirm that some of77 Square'scontent, which includes food, music and arts coverage, will move over to its sister publication, TheCapital Times. >More
 The Wisconsin Legislature is now in control of credentialing Capitol journalists

At the height of the collective bargaining protests, when nearly all the doors at the Capitol were locked and guarded by police officers from every corner of the state, Dick Wheeler -- the unquestioned leader of the Wisconsin Capitol press corps -- ensured that members of the media were not denied access to the building. >More
 Expansion of Meadowridge library branch on Madison's southwest side to proceed

The city is moving forward with a last-minute plan to expand the Meadowridge library branch at its current location on the southwest side. The proposal drew scrutiny from city alders but was ultimately approved by the Common Council during negotiations on the 2013 budget. >More
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