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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Gongwer, WDET Partner On Enhanced 'MichMash' Podcast

Gongwer News Service announced Tuesday it has formed a groundbreaking partnership with WDET Detroit Public Radio with Gongwer becoming co-host of WDET's long-running weekly state politics podcast, "MichMash."

Starting on Friday, January 12, 2024, Zach Gorchow and Alethia Kasben of Gongwer will join award-winning podcaster and journalist Cheyna Roth as co-hosts of "MichMash," marking an exciting new chapter for the podcast. This partnership signifies a union of WDET's commitment to providing accurate, accessible news with Gongwer's unparalleled Capitol reporting and expertise.

"MichMash" has a reputation for unraveling the intricacies of the state's political landscape. Since its inception in 2017, "MichMash" has become an essential source of information for engaged citizens across Michigan, from Detroit to Marquette.

"MichMash" has garnered its well-deserved reputation by offering a unique blend of casual, informative and timely discussions on Michigan's political developments and democratic processes. The podcast boasts a wide range of interviews with elected officials, policymakers, and fellow journalists, providing listeners with an insider's view of the state's political landscape.

Zach Gorchow, Gongwer Michigan executive editor and publisher, said the new partnership is a natural fit for Gongwer's focus on state policy and politics.

"We're excited to join forces with WDET and Cheyna Roth on 'MichMash,'" he said. "Michigan politics is rich and dynamic, and we look forward to contributing our expertise to this outstanding podcast that will serve our subscribers and all of Michigan well."

WDET General Manager Mary Zatina said the station is thrilled to embark on the new partnership with Gongwer.

"We believe this collaboration will bring even more depth and insight to 'MichMash,' making it an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the complexities of Michigan's political arena," she said.

Gongwer has set up a new podcast studio in its downtown Lansing offices at 101 S. Washington Sq, Suite 540, to allow for in-person interviews with people working on key state policy matters.

"MichMash" is available on all major podcast platforms and is also broadcast on several public radio stations throughout Michigan, including WDET. The podcast is published every Friday, making it a go-to resource for staying informed about the latest developments in Michigan politics.

A promo episode is now live at gongwer.com/michmash with the co-hosts discussing the new partnership. Gongwer will alert its subscribers on Friday mornings via email once the new podcast is available. This will link to gongwer.com/michmash with a podcast player containing the latest episode though anyone can access the podcast through any major platform.

Listeners can look forward to a fresh and enriched MichMash experience as Cheyna Roth, Zach Gorchow, and Alethia Kasben combine their talents to explore the intricacies of Michigan politics in the coming episodes. Together, they aim to provide in-depth analysis, engaging discussions, and unique insights into the state's ever-evolving political landscape.

About Gongwer News Service:

Gongwer News Service is a renowned and respected source of political news and analysis in Michigan. With a team of experienced journalists, Gongwer has been delivering comprehensive coverage of Michigan politics, policy and government since 1961.

About WDET Detroit Public Radio:

WDET Detroit Public Radio, an NPR affiliate station, is dedicated to providing reliable news and engaging content to the people of Detroit and the surrounding areas. With a focus on promoting informed citizenship and civic engagement, WDET has been a trusted source of news and information for over 70 years.

MichMash is produced by WDET, Detroit Public Radio, in collaboration with Gongwer News Service.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Gongwer Unveils Upgraded Ballot Proposal Tracker

Gongwer News Service has improved its feature for monitoring statewide ballot proposals.

Subscribers can now review all active initiative petitions for the current election cycle at Gongwer's Ballot Proposals page.

The new feature provides a landing page for all active statewide initiative petitions and shows their current status, whether that's collecting signatures, pending before the Board of State Canvassers , in court and more.

Additionally, with many initiative petitions ending up the subject of a court challenge, the upgraded service also provides a log of court cases involving the petition.

Each initiative petition page also contains additional information, like links to the full text of the proposal and dates of signatures submitted where appropriate. The upgraded service also will allow for handling voter-initiated acts enacted by the Legislature instead of going to the ballot.

Each initiative petition page will still contain information about the supporters and opponents of the proposal and links to all stories about the measure.

The Ballot Proposals page is housed on Gongwer's Elections page.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Gongwer 2024 Advertising Opportunities Now Available

With 2023 inventory nearly sold out and the 2024 legislative season right around the corner, now is the time to secure key 2024 advertising dates for your organization.

Sponsorship packages enable advertisers to deliver a tailored message to top state leaders and lawmakers inside Gongwer's trusted newsletters and website – a perfect environment for policy advocacy, thought leadership, or reputational awareness.

Upfront advertisers will receive priority access to 2024 inventory, preferred pricing, and increased flexibility. Get in touch with our team at advertising@gongwer.com to learn more.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Political Parties, Rosters Added To Gongwer Online Directories

Gongwer News Service unveiled Wednesday a new feature with information on the state's political parties and their elected officials.

Located under Other Resources on Gongwer's Directories page, subscribers can find information on all political parties with current ballot access in Michigan.

For the Democratic and Republican parties, the pages include:

  • The current party chair and links to party contact information
  • A biographical page for the party chair
  • The party's current elected state executive officers and members of the Michigan Senate, Michigan House and the state's congressional delegation

All elected officials listed are linked to their bio pages on the Gongwer platform.

Soon-to-be deployed enhancements to these pages include social media buttons for each party as well as rosters of former major party state chairs going back to the 1990s.

Additional service enhancements are under development.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Gongwer Upgrades Courts Directory

Gongwer News Service announced Wednesday enhancements to its Courts Directory that displays the members of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Subscribers can now review prior members of both courts going back to 2007 with biographical information for all members. Additionally, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and the chief judge of the Court of Appeals for each two-year term going back to 2007-08 can be viewed.

Another enhancement is members who vacated their seat on one of the courts during the term display in a separate field along with the date they vacated their seat.

Additional service enhancements for subscribers are under development


Monday, May 8, 2023

Gongwer Debuts Instagram Page

As part of Gongwer News Service's efforts to distribute its content in new venues, it has established an Instagram page.

Using the handle gongwernews_michigan, Gongwer's Instagram feed will use new graphics and visual displays created by Legislative and Digital Specialist Miranda Hutchings to highlight Gongwer stories and other content with links to access the gongwer.com platform.

Gongwer also has pages at Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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