Three decades out of the newspaper business, it's still hard sometimes not to second guess decisions on coverage. This weekend's coverage of the Wisconsin Democratic Party's convention is a case in point. This weekend's non-coverage would be a more apt description. The event drew 700-plus delegates, but virtually no media attention, even in Milwaukee, where it was held. The state's largest newspaper, once the Wisconsin paper of record, almost ignored it entirely.
The Associated Press did file a complete story Friday night, carried in abbreviated form in most outlets which used it, headlined, "Gov. hints at re-election bid as state Dems rail on Iraq war" The most complete version, ironically, seems to be in the Winona Daily News, on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi. But the papers and TV stations which used it mostly cut it to about five paragraphs.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, whose newsroom is about five blocks from the convention site, carried nothing in Saturday's paper and very little on Sunday.
Here is almost the complete JS print coverage of the two-day event: