Arts & Sciences

Political science professor recognized by Milwaukee Press Club 

Dr. Philip Rocco, associate professor of political science, has been named a finalist for an Excellence in Journalism award from the Milwaukee Press Club for his series on the legislative battle over Act 12 that ran in the Recombobulation Area newsletter. 

Rocco wrote nine articles for the newsletter discussing the shared revenue fight in Wisconsin. His articles are available online

Rocco’s series was recognized as “Best Explanatory Story or Series” for online-exclusive content. The Milwaukee Press Club announced its finalists via news release on March 12. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be awarded within each category at the club’s 2024 Gridiron Awards May 3 at the Pfister Hotel. 

This year’s Excellence in Journalism contest drew almost 900 entries from throughout Wisconsin in professional and collegiate categories. The competition was judged by professional journalists from press clubs throughout the U.S., including statewide clubs in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Western Pennsylvania and Southeast Texas and metro-area clubs in Atlanta, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Syracuse. 

The Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America, and possibly the world. Four journalists formally established the Milwaukee Press Club on Nov.1, 1885, as a means of bringing together newspaper professionals, as well as elevating the profession in general. Since its founding, the club has expanded its membership to include journalists working in other media, editors, publishers and individuals with a specific professional interest in the press.