Press: The Madison Connection

Strikers make Wisconsin's capital a three-paper town

Madison, Wis. (pop. 176,100), is distinguished as the state capital, the home of the University of Wisconsin, and is a city blessed with three separately owned, competing newspapers. Madison used to have two such newspapers, but last Oct. 1 members of editorial and production unions struck both dailies, the morning Wisconsin State Journal (circ. 78,000), the afternoon Capital Times (39,000) and Madison Newspapers, Inc., the papers' shared production and business arm. The cause of the strike: automation-related layoffs and pay cuts at MNI. Although about 40% of the workers walked out, the dailies have not...

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