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IowaWatch Story By Lu Shen Takes SPJ Regional Online Newswriting Award

Lu Shen

Former IowaWatch reporter Lu Shen has won a Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Region 7 Mark of Excellence Award for a story she wrote about University of Iowa difficulty in 2013-14 helping Chinese students adjust to Iowa. The award was announced at a regional meeting March 30 in Omaha, Nebraska. Shen, who joined CNN Beijing after graduating from the University of Iowa in December 2014 and also a former Daily Iowan reporter, won first place for online news reporting for her story, "Iowa Chinese students struggle to adjust, feel lack of support," published by on June 24, 2014. IowaWatch assistant editor Sarah Hadley and former IowaWatch reporters Katie Kuntz and Inma Mateos, both of the University of Iowa, and incoming IowaWatch summer intern Makayla Tendall and frequent IowaWatch contributor Danielle Ferguson of Iowa State University were finalists for the regional student journalism awards. These awards were for the SPJ’s Region 7, which comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Three students were cited -- one for first and two others as finalists -- in each of several categories. Continue Reading →

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Iowa Public Radio Report: Journalism’s Role In The Lives Of Brian Williams, Jon Stewart


Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer dissected the impact of Brian Williams' suspension from being NBC News' lead anchor and Jon Stewart's announcement about leaving Stewart's popular news satire show on Comedy Central. Keiffer's guests for the Thursday, Feb. 12, "River to River" report included IowaWatch executive director and editor Lyle Muller. Continue Reading →

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Podcast: IowaWatch on WMT Radio Talking About Its Latest Work, And The Weather

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IowaWatch executive director-editor Lyle Muller talked on WMT radio host Bob Bruce's Thursday, Jan. 9, program about one those topics that always sparks a conversation in Iowa -- the weather. But they also found time to talk about the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch, in general, and an IowaWatch story about where Iowa Lottery proceeds get spent. Continue Reading →

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Watch The Video: IowaWatch Participates In KCRG-TV9 Dissection Of Political Ads

Appearing on the Dec. 21, 2014, broadcast of "Ethical Perspectives on the News" (left to right) are host Peter Welch, lobbyist and former congressional staffer Gary Grant, IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller and professional mediator and former Iowa state Sen. Steve Sovern. The topic was political ads. The program is produced by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County and aired on KCRG-TV9, Cedar Rapids.

"Ethical Perspectives on the News," a public affairs program produced by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County for KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tackled the impact of political advertising in its Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, show. IowaWatch participated. Continue Reading →

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