Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names ‘Opee’ winners

Two citizens, two journalists, one fired government worker and one small but gutsy Wisconsin newspaper are among the recipients of the 2016-17 Openness Awards, or Opees, bestowed annually by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. The awards, announced in advance of national Sunshine Week (sunshineweek.org), March 12-18, recognize extraordinary achievement in the cause of open government.

WCIJ full response to Wisconsin DNR’s comments on lead-in-water testing story

On Dec. 7, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism received an email from DNR spokesman Jim Dick demanding corrections to our story: “Wisconsin DNR fails to update lead testing guidance in wake of Flint crisis.” Here is a copy of the email, as well as our point-by-point response to the demand for corrections. We stand by our story and have not identified anything that needs correcting.