Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Regional
3:51 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Neighborhood News Service Effectively Informs Milwaukee Communities

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS) is an award-winning online source for objective, professional multimedia reporting on urban issues in 15 Milwaukee communities.
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The online media source Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has been operating for three years, with support from places such as the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.

Among outlet’s missions has been to cover hyperlocal neighborhood stories that are often missed by larger publications with broader scopes.

But has that ambition been realized?  And how does the Neighborhood News Service itself figure into the work of community building?

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Reporter Investigates Poverty by Going into the Neighborhoods, Speaks to the People

Poverty can be seen throughout Milwaukee, in some areas more than others.
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Most of the news stories we read or see that relate to poverty get to the issue through some other lens – crime, unemployment, housing issues.  But writer Brendan O’Brien set out to cover poverty different in an ongoing series of reports for the online Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

O’Brien’s series focuses on poverty as a way of life in neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north side, and he joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to share some of the backstory.

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Project Milwaukee
3:24 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Report: Nearly 100K Driver's Licenses Suspended Each Year in Milwaukee

Something as simple as a broken headlight can lead to a driver's license suspension.
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Milwaukee NNS reporter Rick Brown talks about his article with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Many of Milwaukee's poorest residents are dealing with a double-whammy when it comes to access to employment: poverty and suspended driving privileges.

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Education
1:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Charter Schools' Impact On MPS' Bottom Line

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Enrollment in MPS doesn’t just depend on how many students live in the district, but how many parents choose to send their kids to charter or voucher schools.

Milwaukee’s online Neighborhood News Service recently looked at how the number of schools chartered by MPS compares to the number of independent charter schools in the city. Reporter Edgar Mendez joins Lake Effect to share what he learned.

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Education
3:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Could Wisconsin Students be Facing an Earlier Start Date?

Wisconsin school districts may choose to start earlier than Labor Day.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service's Scottie Meyers.

Public schools in Wisconsin start after Labor Day. But, a bill proposed in both houses of the Wisconsin legislature might change future start dates.

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Milwaukee Police Department
10:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Duplicate Data Entries Show Some Crime Stats Higher

If you were thinking of moving to a particular neighborhood in Milwaukee, you’d likely want to know a number of things: how is public transportation, say, and are there parks and libraries nearby? But perhaps most important would be the crime rates – what are they and are they going down, or up?

The Milwaukee Police Department maintains a public website for just such searches, but it turns out their data contained many duplicate records – which would obviously skew search results.

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Education
1:23 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Changes to the GED Tests: A Double-Edged Sword?

Starting in 2014, a new GED test will be used.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with Edgar Mendez of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

Major changes are on the way for the series of tests known as the G-E-D, or General Educational Development tests. 

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Health & Science
12:42 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Report: Poor Victims Could Pay More for Domestic Violence Counseling

"A Survivor's Journey" by Joel Bergner (2010), located at Brookland Café in Washington, D.C.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Neighborhood News Service reporter Brendan O'Brien.

A divide between the insured and the poor may be opening up in the cost of services for domestic abuse victims.

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