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Listen To The Most Recent Podcast Of IowaWatch On KXIC Radio

Lauren Mills

IowaWatch's co-founder Stephen Berry and digital analyst/journalist Lauren Mills were guests on KXIC radio's Your Town show the morning of April 15. Their topics: work Berry's University of Iowa journalism and mass communication students are doing in one of his classes that ends up at IowaWatch, and stories on which Mills has been working. This is the KXIC podcast. Any advertising is part of the KXIC webcast and broadcast, not from IowaWatch. Continue Reading →

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Commentary: Public Records Requests Shouldn’t Start With Costs

Lyle Muller
Executive Director-Editor

The request seemed simple: provide your school district’s policy for handling emergencies that require a school lockdown and notifying parents. No one responded the way the Iowa City Community School District did. “Per your request and prior to starting the process, I wanted to inform you that the fee for the work will more than likely be between $25.00-$50.00..." Continue Reading →

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Grant Allows IowaWatch To Develop Radio, Public Forum Programs

Jeff Stein

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch has won a $25,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant, awarded through the Investigative News Network, that will help it build a statewide audience engagement program. This will involve developing a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program and series of community forums that reach a broader audience for the stories IowaWatch reports. Jeff Stein, executive director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and a noted Iowa broadcast historian, will host and produce the program on a network of stations across the state. Plans call for launching the 30-minute program at the beginning of July. In addition, the grant will allow IowaWatch to host public forums in various parts of the state to explore issues that have impact on Iowans. Continue Reading →

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Support IowaWatch Journalism With A Tax-Deductible Donation

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The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism is in an ambitious year in which it wants to engage Iowans in news that affects their lives. You can support that effort with a tax-deductible donation. The Center, founded in 2010 and distributing news through its website,, and various news outlets statewide, 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:

Long-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. Continue Reading →

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IowaWatch Forum On Elder Care Issues April 29 In Des Moines

Critical Decisions

Three distinguished experts will speak later this month at an IowaWatch forum on important decisions Iowans have to make about long-term elder care. The forum, titled Critical Decisions About Elder Care, will be in Des Moines on Tuesday, April 29. Continue Reading →

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IowaWatch Staffer Named Co-Editor Of Grinnell College Student Newspaper

Stephen Gruber-Miller

IowaWatch staff reporter Stephen Gruber-Miller has been named co-editor in chief of Grinnell College’s student-run newspaper, The Scarlet & Black, for the 2014-15 school year. He will share those duties with Emma Sinai-Yunker. Both have served as co-news editor for the paper this school year. Gruber-Miller, 20, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, started at IowaWatch as a summer 2013 intern. He is a junior entering his senior in fall. Continue Reading →

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3 IowaWatch Reporters Earn Online News Awards

Graffiti in a side alley on the side of The Lasansky Gallery building. Photo taken May 11, 2013.

IowaWatch reporters Sarah Hadley, Katie Kuntz and Danielle Wilde have been named winners of Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) regional Mark of Excellence Awards. They will learn if they placed first, second or third when the SPJ makes that announcement at a regional meeting April 25-26 in Overland Park, Kan. First place winners in each of 12 SPJ regions will be eligible for national Mark of Excellence awards, which are to be announced in late April. The awards are given annually for published journalism produced by college students. Hadley, Kuntz and Wilde are students in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and volunteer journalists with IowaWatch, a nonprofit news organization. Continue Reading →

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Podcast Link to Iowa Public Radio Feature On IowaWatch College Depression Story

Art major Jordon Deutmeyer stands outside of the University of Northern Iowa Honors Cottage in December 2013.

Listen to the Iowa Public Radio podcast that featured IowaWatch's stories on college student depression. The IowaWatch portion follows a scathing critique of online journalism by media political economist Robert McChesney, of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Then, IowaWatch's Stephen Berry and Linh Ta and Jordon Deutmeyer, the University of Northern Iowa student featured in Ta's story about college student depression, join the program with host Ben Kieffer. Here is a link to the Iowa Public Radio program. Continue Reading →

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Grant To Help IowaWatch Engagement Audiences, Build Business Model


IowaWatch has won a two-year $25,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Local Media Initiative that will help IowaWatch build audience engagement in the news its covers. This grant will help build a financially sustainable system of providing non-profit, online news in Iowa that has impact on communities. The grant will be paid in one-year increments of $12,500 each. IowaWatch aims to be able to sustain itself while producing the same high quality content that engages Iowans in important discussions that affect them. Through grants such as these IowaWatch is able to continue these efforts. Continue Reading →

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