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This #GivingTuesday, Consider IowaWatch

Journalism students at Simpson College produced an IowaWatch series on Hidden Illnesses on Campus and hosted a forum in Indianola in April.

Dear Friends of IowaWatch,

I know you are being bombarded today with #GivingTuesday requests for support for your favorite charities. But I'd like to ask you to please consider giving a tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, $100 or more today to our nonprofit, nonpartisan center so that we can continue good work that has been recognized this past year by groups such as the Iowa Broadcast News Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Thank you for helping us celebrate our fifth anniversary in 2015. This one-time experiment has published more than 290 explanatory and investigative, multimedia stories at and share those stories with others. Through November of this year 41 Iowa newspapers, 25 radio stations in our IowaWatch Connection radio network, two commercial television stations, Iowa Public Television, Iowa Public Radio and 52 news websites have republished or aired 33 IowaWatch stories 1,319 times. Continue Reading →

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Danielle Wilde Named 2015 IowaWatch/Fotini Perlmutter Award Winner

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University of Iowa student Danielle Wilde has won the 2015 IowaWatch/Fotini Perlmutter scholarship, an annual award given for outstanding investigative reporting. The award, funded with a grant by former University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication Director David Perlmutter, is presented by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch to an undergraduate volunteer staff member who has worked with the center for at least one year. The winner must also show an interest in pursuing investigative journalism. The award includes a $250 scholarship. SEE DANIELLE'S AWARD-WINNING STORY 'GRAFFITI: THE ART OF EXPRESSIVE VANDALISM'
Wilde, a staff photographer at IowaWatch, is a senior studying journalism and mass communication, and studio arts with an emphasis on photography. Continue Reading →

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Iowa’s Bid For Open Government Is Never-Ending

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The grade might stun you — Iowa receiving a D-plus for government transparency from the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity Monday morning, Nov. 9, in a government transparency study of all 50 U.S. states. These same organizations gave Iowa a C-plus the last time they studied government transparency for a March 2012 report. How could Iowa do worse this time? Iowa has made some moves, notably forming a Public Information Board later in 2012 to better resolve complaints Iowans have about government openness. Continue Reading →

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Navigating The Workplace At 50 The Topic For AARP, IowaWatch Lunch, Panel Discussions


AARP Iowa and are teaming up to host two luncheon panel discussions, Navigating the Workplace at 50, in Des Moines on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grandview University Student Center, 1200 Grandview Ave.; and in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Continue Reading →

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Former College Newspaper Editor, Adviser And Two Open Government Veterans Honored For Their Efforts

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A former Muscatine Community College student newspaper editor and that paper’s former faculty adviser were awarded the IowaWatch Free Press Champion Award for working Iowa journalists or journalism educators at the annual IowaWatch Celebrate a Free Press and Open Government banquet in Des Moines. Continue Reading →

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Podcast: IowaWatch Featured On Michael Libbie’s ‘Insight On Business’

Michael Libbie interviewing Lyle Muller at Drake University on Sept. 24, 2015.

Michael Libbie, host of the weekday news program 'Insight On Business', recently interviewed Lyle Muller, executive director and editor of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, about covering Iowa's presidential precinct caucuses and the center's Oct. 8, 2015, Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government banquet. You can listen to a podcast of that interview, which aired on KPSZ AM940 in Des Moines, here:
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Join Us At An Oct. 22 Fun-Raiser And Silent Auction

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IowaWatch board member Bob Walker and his wife, Kristy, are inviting the public to a fundraiser and silent auction they will host at their home west of Iowa City to raise funds for the non-profit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. The event will be on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Walker Homestead, 3913 James Ave. SW. The event will include wine and cheese and wood-fired pizza catered by Provender. Continue Reading →

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1st Amendment Expert Ken Paulson To Headline Annual IowaWatch Banquet Oct. 8


Register now for the IowaWatch annual banquet. First Amendment expert and educator Ken Paulson will be the guest speaker at the third annual Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet, titled this year “Journalism's Core...The Contemporary First Amendment. Continue Reading →

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Your Chance To Talk With Local Editors About Your Community Newspapers

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IowaWatch will host forums on Sept. 14 and 15 in North Liberty and Iowa City, respectively, that give the public a chance to talk with local newspaper editors about decisions editors make about news, and how to get news into the papers. Continue Reading →

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