Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Ink-stained wretches coming in from the cold


Former Milwaukee Magazine Editor Bruce Murphy is now at Urban Milwaukee, publisher Dave Reid announced.

Murphy’s signature Murphy’s Law column was created by and featured for nearly two years at MilwaukeeWorld.com, and then continued during his time at Milwaukee Magazine. It ranges widely in subject matter, but has been a must-read for news and and politics junkies. Look for this first column at Urban Milwaukee tomorrow.

“We feel like we’ve created a real connection with our readers at Urban Milwaukee, and we think they’ll be excited to see Murphy’s addition to our team,” says Urban Milwaukee publisher Dave Reid, who co-founded this website with president Jeramey Jannene. “We’re thrilled to bring a journalist of such stature to our publication,” says Jannene, “and looking forward to working with Bruce. You can expect many more changes in the months to come.”

I wonder how many other people are going to follow Murphy? Anyone know the fax number over there?

Meanwhile, Steve Prestegard has also found a new situation:

Two weeks shy of 24 years after I started in the full-time work world, I am starting today as editor of the Platteville Journal.

I’d say this brings me back to the 40-hour-per-week world except that, based on previous experience, being a small-town newspaper editor — for that matter, being an editor of any publication — is not a 40-hour-a-week job anymore than being a business owner is a 40-hour-a-week job. News does not stop at 5 p.m., and news does not take weekends off. I don’t say that to promote my work ethic over anyone else’s; that’s simply a fact.

For those of you like me who were raised east of 124th street and rarely ventured beyond that point, Platteville is south and west of Madison, closer to where Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois meet. Next time me and the Lovely Doreen from Waukesha venture to Galena we’ll have to stop in Platteville to buy Steve a beer.

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