The Madison Commons was founded in 2006 to provide news and information about all of Madison's neighborhoods. It is powered by undergraduate and graduate students  at the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication led by Professor Lew Friedland.

The aim of Madison Commons is to connect our communities through communication. We do this through community reporting, training citizen journalists, and research. We focus on areas that people have told us are important to our community but not covered in enough depth, including education, local food, and transportation, and the environment.

Former Madison Commons reporters have gone on to report at organizations including the Wall Street Journal and Voice of San Diego.

The Commons has been sponsored and supported by the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Morgridge Center for Public Service, UW-Madison, WISC-TV/Channel 3000, and Community Shares of Wisconsin.  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.


Questions, problems, suggestions? Please contact us at: Madison Commons Project, School of Journalism & Mass Communication 5115 Vilas Communication Hall 821 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706-1497 Email: lfriedla@wisc.edu.