March 22, 2016

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The University of Iowa's Old Capitol

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The University of Iowa's Old Capitol

Update:

You did it! You helped us raise $900 but we always can take more and provide additional funding. It all goes to students.

Thank you, donors, for your willingness to help with this important project.

We talk often about free speech rights because the First Amendment is dear to us. But do you draw the line somewhere, especially when dealing with offensive speech? With hate speech?

We want to pay stipends to more than a dozen student journalists from six Iowa campuses who are interviewing students, faculty members and administrators to learn how people affected by speech and expression on a college campus define what is acceptable.

Help these journalists working with the nonprofit IowaWatch answer that question by giving a tax-deductible donation that supports the students’ efforts. Don’t wait. The deadline to donate is Friday, April 8, 2016.





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Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism
PO Box 2178
Iowa City, Iowa 52244-2178

More About The 2016 College Media Project:

MAKING BOUNDARIES: The Impact of Defining Boundaries for Speech and Expression on College Campuses

A sculpture depicting a Klansman shows up on university property and the university removes it. A student distributing religious flyers is told to stop under the college’s free speech zone regulation. A pro-marijuana group tries to use a public university logo on a T-shirt. A Confederate flag hangs in the dorm room of a student saying he has a right to free expression.

Does a limit on speech and expression exist on Iowa’s college campuses, where you expect the free flow of ideas to broaden education?

Clare McCarthy at work in the IowaWatch offices during her summer 2015 internship. McCarthy is also involved in IowaWatch's spring college media project.

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Clare McCarthy at work in the IowaWatch offices during her summer 2015 internship. McCarthy is also involved in IowaWatch's spring college media project.

IowaWatch is working with a team of student journalists on six Iowa campuses to advance the conversation about speech rights on college campuses with meaningful thought in a news report that will be published statewide at the beginning of May.

This project is a continuation of an annual spring project in which IowaWatch engages journalism students in reporting that examines issues that have impact. Our previous stories have tackled student debt, voter behavior and the exodus of students graduating from Iowa colleges and then leaving the state.

A successful crowdfunding campaign last year allowed us to pay students in the reporting project and we’d like to do that again.

This year’s campaign ends on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Public Forum

This reporting project includes a public forum being planned for Monday, May 2, in Iowa City. We have a site selected but need to nail down details before we can announce with certainty where the forum will be held. We thank KGAN-TV/CBS2 for agreeing to be a sponsor of this event. University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication event planning students are organizing the forum, gaining valuable experience for when they enter the job market. We thank those students, too.





Our Big Dream

Makayla Tendall, an IowaWatch 2015 summer intern, spoke on KXIC radio in July about her story on Gov. Terry Branstad's plans to address mental health care. Tendall is also involved in the college media project.

Makayla Tendall, an IowaWatch 2015 summer intern, spoke on KXIC radio in July about her story on Gov. Terry Branstad's plans to address mental health care. Tendall is also involved in the college media project.

We hope to raise enough money to pay stipends to students in the spring project but also to students who work on future IowaWatch projects this summer. IowaWatch has an education mission that says we train student journalists to do work that has impact at a high, professional, ethical level. Your tax-deductible donation to this effort rewards further students who already are happy to have the training and to see their work published in Iowa’s largest newspapers.





IowaWatch’s Mission

The Iowa Center’s mission is to maintain an independent, non-partisan journalistic program dedicated to producing and encouraging explanatory and investigative journalism in Iowa, engaging in collaborative reporting efforts with Iowa news organizations and educating journalism students.

Learn more about IowaWatch’s mission and vision here.

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