What is the Whitewater Banner?
The Whitewater Banner ("the Banner") is Whitewater's local community supported source for objective news, events, and photos. The Banner is staffed by volunteers and is updated as often as possible, often daily. With over 1200 visitors a day, the Banner acknowledges and respects its responsibility to the community of Whitewater as a primary source of objective news.
Who contributes the stories to the Banner?
In short, the community. Anyone can submit a story, event, or photos to be posted on the Banner. The editor will make a decision as to whether the content fits with the editorial guidelines set forth for the Banner.
When submitting a story, event, or photos, be sure to include as much detail as possible. If possible, please write a paragraph or two to be posted on the Banner. All content will be reviewed and edited according to our editorial policy. At the Banner, we try to give credit to the authors who write the stories. Please let us know if you would like to remain anonymous.
Lastly, we do receive many submissions per day. Often, we are not able to post all of the submissions we receive on any given day. The editor must make tough decisions about when to post a story, or sometimes, whether to post the story at all. We do our best to communicate with the author, but we do ask for patience. Often, a story will be run days, weeks, or, occasionally, months after it is submitted.
To submit a story, event, or photos, head over to our How to Submit page.
History of the Banner
Started in 2006, the Whitewater Banner ("the Banner") was created by community leader Jim Stewart to give the community of Whitewater a local, objective source for news and events. Without a daily local news source, Mr. Stewart recognized the community need to be informed of current news, exciting accomplishments, and local events. Quickly, the Banner became a trusted online source for anything Whitewater.
In 2018, Mr. Stewart stepped down as owner and editor of the Banner and the Whitewater Banner was gifted to the Whitewater Community Foundation (WCF) to ensure that the Banner would remain a part of the Whitewater community forever. The WCF serves as steward of the Banner and appoints an editor-in-chief and editorial committee to oversee operations of the Banner. Any revenues generated by the Banner sponsors and advertisers support a scholarship in honor of the founder of the Banner, Jim Stewart, and the general mission of the WCF.
The Whitewater Community Foundation’s mission is to “enhance quality of life in the Whitewater area via educational, cultural, charitable or benevolent expenditures.”
The Whitewater Community Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, invites community members and businesses to join them by investing in Whitewater. Current board members include Danielle Frawley, president, Kevin Brunner, past-president, Mark Dorn, vice president, David Yochum, secretary, Geoff Hale, treasurer, Julie Caldwell, Thayer Coburn, Mark Elworthy, Rick Fassl, Ron Jongetes, Therese Kennedy, Sonia Sotos, Hector Villareal, and Kristine Zaballos.
To donate and support the continuation of the Whitewater Banner, simply send a check made out to Whitewater Community Foundation to P.O. Box 428, Whitewater, WI, 53190, or donate online at whitewatercommunityfoundation.org by hitting the “Donate” button on top of the contact page. For tax purposes, the Whitewater Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Corporation. The foundation asks permission to announce your generous donation in future annual reports. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please state your preference with the donation.
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