The Iowa Center for Public Affairs has received a $20,000 grant from the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation to support its statewide program for investigative and explanatory reporting by college students. The grant will be used for staffing expenses.
“The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation is pleased to become partners with your organization,” a letter to the Center from Bonnie Burgoyne, the Foundation’s executive director, stated. The Foundation, of Campbell Hall, N.Y., contributes to journalism programs or projects that improve the quality of journalism or defend freedom of the press.
“This grant is huge for us, and greatly appreciated. It is strong financial support for our goal of hiring experienced reporters to work as mentors for students while also producing their own journalism. But also important, it shows confidence from a national foundation that what we are trying to do at the Center is on the right track,” Lyle Muller, executive director of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, said.
The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism is an independent non-profit news agency that runs an online news site, iowawatch.org and collaborates with Iowa news organizations to produce explanatory and investigative work. Its co-founder, Stephen Berry, University of Iowa associate professor of journalism and mass communication, is a member of the Center’s Board of Directors.
Contacts: Lyle Muller 319-389-4477 or Erin Jordan 319-368-5719
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