Jacob Bielanski

Award-winning legal editor and journalist

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Local Filmmakers at the Wisconsin Film Festival

The Badger Herald (online), April 1st, 2011

The problem with “covering” the film fest is that, by the time you get a report on the films to your audience, many of the films will disappear.

With that in mind, I chose to capture the uniquely “Wisconsin” aspect of the festival for our local student paper. I felt this made the final report somewhat timeless.



Budget Repair Bill Protests, Day 2

The Badger Herald (online), February 17th, 2011

I was offered a job as the Herald’s Multimedia Editor in late January 2011. A month later, tens of thousands of protestors stormed Wisconsin’s Capitol, while 14 democratic state senators fled to Illinois.

Working with no studio, virtually no budget, and a donated camera, I managed to supplement the paper’s exemplary written coverage with multimedia pieces such as this.

Scott Walker Republican Primary Victory Party

The Badger Herald (online), September 15th, 2010

Months before the aforementioned protests, I was trying to get a job as the Herald’s Associate Multimedia Editor.

In my (over)zealous pursuit of that job, I offered to drive to Milwaukee and cover the first victory party of what would arguably become Wisconsin’s most controversial Governor.


Drug Overdose Report

University of Wisconsin – Madison, October, 2011


This report on a recent drug arrest in Madison was based on an actual police press release. The video, however, was part of a mock-up for broadcast training under University of Wisconsin – Madison lecturer and WisconsinEye senior producer Steven Walters (that’s his voice in the background).


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