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Veto means Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism stays at UW-Madison

Gov. Scott Walker has vetoed the Legislature’s attempt to move the center off the university grounds.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism won’t have to move off the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, after all.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vetoed a budget provision that would have banned the nonprofit news organization from working in its offices on the Madison campus and forbid university employees, including journalism school instructors, from working with it.

Beth Hawkins of MinnPost looked at the controversy three weeks ago and found that many saw the Legislature’s move as an attack on press and academic freedom.

Relief abounded in the journalism community at Walker’s veto. Katy Culver, an assistant professor at Wisconsin’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, today told the Poynter Institute:

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We are relieved and grateful Gov. Walker did the right thing and ended this attack on press and academic freedom. Journalism educators interested in innovation and collaborative models should take a hard look at what we went through here and ensure they’re building public and political support.