Publisher / Sue Robinson

Sue joined the UW-Madison faculty at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2007 and now holds the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism endowed research chair. As a scholar, she explores how journalists and news organizations adopt new information communication technologies to report on public affairs in new forms and formats as well as how audiences and individuals can use the technologies for civic engagement. Central to her work is the consideration of power dynamics such as areas of marginalization in information flows as content moves through media ecologies at the local community level. She has published three books about journalism and does what is called “applied research” that works in collaboration with journalists and newsroom training organizations such as Solutions Journalism Network. Hearken, Trusting News, Spaceship Media, Agora Journalism Center, and Journalism That Matters. Locally, she advises, is a consultant for or has had collaborations with the Minority Student Achievement Network, The Black Voice, the National Association for Black Journalists, Goodman Community Center, Freedom Inc., Simpson Street Free Press, Lussier Community Education Center, Centro Hispano and LEAP 2 College.

Editor / Stacy Forster

Stacy is a member of the teaching faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and has experience working on both sides of the school’s curriculum. She spent more than a decade as a reporter, working in Madison as a state Capitol reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and in New York for the Wall Street Journal Online, doing reporting for the paper, stories on the website and multimedia graphics. She also did strategic communication and public relations work for UW-Madison’s Office of University Communications. Stacy has served as the editor of Madison Commons since September 2021.

Managing Editor / Louisa Kamps

Louisa Kamps is an award-winning writer and editor whose profiles, essays, reviews and reporting have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, On Wisconsin, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living and ELLE, where she was a contributing writer and editor for 21 years. She is a regular contributor to Oprah Daily and writes and edits personal and business histories for private clients. She can be reached through her website,

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