Wisconsin newspaper will show the impact that a special project had on its community during a workshop at the upcoming APME Nashville 2012.
The Daily Citizen, a newspaper in Beaver Dam, WI., won the first APME Community Public Service Initiative competition for its project on mental health issues. The Daily Citizen received a $1,000 grant and a stipend to present a workshop at the APME conference in September.
The Daily Citizen has been publishing a three-part series that Megan Sheridan calls "Mental Health on Hold." Sheridan, a staff writer and photographer for the Daily Citizen, has been working with reporter Trista Pruett on the project.
With only six reporters, an editor and a layout editor, the Daily Citizen is the newspaper for Beaver Dam, a city of more than 16,000 people about 70 miles west of Milwaukee. Beaver Dam is in
, which has about 90,000 people. Dodge County
“Three months is a long time not to feel quite right,"
said. "If you want to get into the system, it's getting more and more difficult.” Sheridan
“It seems everyone I talk to about the project has a story to tell," she said. "We want to tell about their experiences.”
Sheridan and Pruett will present their workshop on the project at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
APME president Bob Heisse, executive editor of the State Journal-Register in
“We've taken steps in recent years to recognize innovative work in newsrooms, and this new APME program gave an opportunity to a smaller organization. Our conference attendees will find out the result and have another takeaway from Springfield, Ill., said: Nashville.”
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