TV News is a Phony Wasteland to the Digital Generation

Illustration by Chris Whetzel The college students in my journalism classes do not watch television news. Start a discussion about local-news content, and polite 20-year-olds turn into disgusted critics. They hate yellow police tape stories and stupid live shots during blizzards. “It’s snowing in Wisconsin.” Duh. “It’s the same thing on all the stations,” says junior Maria Corpus. “We’re tired of hearing it.” My students say TV news is pointless, clichéd and boring. It’s not heartfelt, fresh or real. I think the key is “real.” As part of an introductory journalism course, I teach digital-audio editing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.…

End of Story

  Kitty and Daniel Gute On a warm Sunday evening last summer, Mary Gute Witte discovered the bodies of her mother and father. Her loving parents were sitting in the front seat of their car in the garage of their River Hills home. They had covered their heads with plastic bags and asphyxiated themselves by pumping helium into the bags. Daniel Gute was 79 years old and in good health. Katherine “Kitty” Gute was   Mary Witte 78 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. For years the affluent, conservative couple had studied this method of death. They told family and close…

No boom no bust

The bustling summer season is a memory in Door County as year-round residents transition from brilliant autumn to the muted, quiet winter. Off the tip of the county, Washington Island is a place where life has always moved a few beats slower. The island is a lively community of 700 full-time residents and devoted visitors, but isolation has long challenged people who try to make a living there. The recession and housing crunch added new pressure, rippling out to this dot on the map in Lake Michigan. Jane Hampden talked with islanders whose fortunes rely on the ebb and flow…