2015 IBNA Awards given to IowaWatch on April 23, 2016.

View Our 2016 Annual Report and 990 Tax Return for 2015

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch.org released on Sept. 29, 2016, an annual report that shows accomplishment of the nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization in the past year. You may read it and our 990 tax return here.

Sarah Stortz (left to right), Tana Gam-ad and Olivia Martin discuss an IowaWatch collaboration they did while reporters at the Cedar Falls High School student newspaper, the Tiger Hi-Line, in early 2016. This photo was taken on April 22, 2016, the day the story published. IowaWatch has won a Community Foundation of Johnson County grant to take on a similar high school journalism collaboration in 2017 that includes schools from Iowa City.

IowaWatch Wins Community Foundation Grant

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch learned on Monday, Sept. 26, that it has won a $1,000 Community Foundation of Johnson County grant for a high school journalism project to be undertaken in 2017.

Chelsea Keenan (front left) and Lee Hermiston (right) are shown at their desks in  The Gazette's Cedar Rapids office on July 29, 2016

Inside The Reporter’s Notebook: Gazette Series Humanizes, Raises Awareness Of Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is growing nationwide, and eastern Iowa is no exception with more than 61 non-fatal overdoses and 21 deaths in 2015. Cedar Rapids Gazette healthcare reporter Chelsea Keenan and public safety reporter Lee Hermiston spoke with IowaWatch intern Brittany Robb about their stories that formed part of an in-depth look at the epidemic in The Gazette‘s June 2016 series, “Heroin’s Hold In Iowa.”

2015 IBNA Awards given to IowaWatch on April 23, 2016.

IowaWatch Connection Wins Seven Iowa Broadcast News Awards

The IowaWatch Connection radio program collected seven awards, including three for first place, for large market radio reporting at the 2016 Iowa Broadcast News Association convention in Waterloo, Iowa, on April 23. Each week program host and producer Jeff Stein examines an IowaWatch story in depth during the 23-minute program. The program’s winning entries were:

First place: Political coverage, for a series on the mood of the electorate leading up to the 2016 Iowa precinct caucuses. First place: In-depth/series, for a two-part report on criminal justice reform. Part one.

Visitors to the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., are asked whether or not colleges and universities should limit speech as a way to protect students from hateful comments. The informal results when this photo was taken April 3, 2016, was no.

Panelists Confirmed For May 2 IowaWatch Free Speech On Campuses Forum

Panelists have been confirmed for the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch public forum on Monday, May 2, in Iowa City that examines whether or not limits exist for speech and expression on college campuses. The forum is part of a spring IowaWatch reporting project, “Making Boundaries: The Impact of Defining Boundaries for Speech and Expression on College Campuses.”