Who We Are

The Madison Commons was founded in 2006 to provide news and information from all of Madison's neighborhoods. The name comes from the idea of a village commons, a place for news, talk, debate, and some entertainment, too, that's open to everyone. It was a collaboration between Madison citizens from every part of the city, as well as faculty and graduate students at the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication led by Professor Lew Friedland. 

Today, we are focused on three areas that people have told us are important to our community, but not covered in enough depth:  education, local food, and transportation.  At the same time, we’re staying true to our original mission of providing a place for news, talk, and debate that's open to everyone from all of Madison's neighborhoods, as well as letting people know what they can do to make the community a better place to live.

Some of our stories come from graduate and undergraduate student reporters and editors. Others come from citizen reporters or local bloggers. And other information comes from local data that we’ve pulled together because it might be useful or interesting.  If you have a topic that you want us to report on, or just some information to share, let us know.

The Commons is sponsored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service, UW-Madison, WISC-TV/Channel 3000, Community Shares and the UW-School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  We have also received important funding from J-Lab, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.  The Commons is a project of the Center for Communication and Democracy.



Our Staff

Project Director / Lew Friedland

Editorial Advisors / Hernando RojasYoungmie Kim, Sue Robinson 

Managing Editor / Meredith Metzler

Senior Editor / Michael Mirer

City Life Editor / Jen Gragg

Social Media Editor / Melissa Behling

Technical Manager / Nakho Kim

Former staff members  /  Nora HertelEmily EgglestonMary SussmanMario KoranHaley PerrinRory LinnaneNayantara Mukherji , Cathy DeShanoGillian LoshZack ZabanMai VangAustin OuthavongSarah KaronTaylor CurleyJamie StarkAnna AsendorfHannah Kiddoo, Amelia Wedemeyer, Elizabeth GaggioliElisa WeissMegan BjellaMitch Schwartz, Kait Vosswinkel, Jessica Levine, Rachel Schulze, Susan Endres, German Alvarez, Michael Tews, Menguyan Zhang, Hakyung ChungYilang PengEmily GencoAmy Verhey and many others.  

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School of Journalism & Mass Communication

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