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Closed: Certain negative or disciplinary personnel matters; personnel employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluations; strategy for crime detection and prevention; to deliberate or negotiate the purchase of public properties; to consider financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons that would likely have a substantial adverse affect upon the reputation of the person; and attorney consultations.
Open Records Law Wis. Stat. 19.31 et seq..
Exempt: Certain investigative records, computer programs and trade secrets; public library circulation records are confidential.
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Law and the Media in the Midwest: A Seven State Handbook Covering Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin by John R. Finnegan, Sr. and Patricia A. Hirl
St. Paul, MN: Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1984. 352 p.
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Wisconsin News Reporters Legal Handbook
Published by the State Bar of Wisconsin's Media-Law Relations Committee in cooperation with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Fifth edition, January 2005. Read it online or
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Wisconsin Lawyer's Guide to the News Media 2nd ed. Madison, WI:
State Bar of Wisconsin, Media-Law Relations Committee, 1990. 50 p. From the preface: "For the bar and the news media to work together successfully, it is apparent each must better understand the practices and procedures of the other. In 1979, the Media-Law Relations Committee… completed A Wisconsin News Reporters' Legal Handbook, covering judicial procedures and legal terminology… The publication was a step forward in educating [the media] in such fundamentals as court procedure, fair trial and free press principles and guidelines, and the Wisconsin rules governing electronic media and still photography in courts. [It] was updated in 1987. Similarly, it is apparent to the committee that many in the legal profession do not fully understand the constitutional rights of the media and the way they function… [T]he committee developed… this handbook to respond to some of these concerns."
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