April 10, 2013

Join the IowaWatch 1,000 Donor Drive

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The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism has launched a yearlong campaign to attract 1,000 individual and corporate donors.

The Center, founded in 2010 and distributing news through its website, IowaWatch.org, is the only non-profit, non-partisan news and student training organization of its kind in Iowa. With its three-fold mission: public service, education, and sustainability, the center is dedicated to:

  • Donation AdLong-form, in depth investigative and public affairs journalism.
  • Collaborating with other news media on local, state, regional and national level
  • Being transparent about its work and its funding sources.
  • Training college students in Iowa to do a high level of reporting that can be published on professional platforms.

The Center has received major grants totaling $200,000 over two years from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, plus grants from the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, SourceMedia Group of Iowa (The Gazette Co.), Woodward Communications, and the Community Foundation of Johnson County. It also has received significant support from the Investigative News Network, a collection of more than 70 non-profit, community-based news organizations to which the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism belongs.

However, we are striving to get local support from Iowa enterprises. That local support is key to non-profit, non-partisan news organizations such as ours. We hope to expand our reporting with the kind of depth that the public, which includes local business and organizations, needs to be better decision makers.

Please be part of the 1,000 Donor Drive by supporting the reporting we do and our training of critically thinking young journalists who can sift through the superficial and be our next generation’s watchdogs. Your tax-deductible contribution may be made here or by mail: Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, PO Box 2178, Iowa City, IA 52244-2178

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