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Grant Allows IowaWatch To Develop Radio, Public Forum Programs

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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, IowaWatch.org, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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IowaWatch Receives Major Grants Worth $110,000

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IowaWatch is being recognized by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation with a $100,000 grant for the third year in a row. Grants such as these helped establish the nonprofit organization in 2010 and support the investigative journalism it does. Terms of the grant call for awarding $75,000 outright at the end of February and the remaining $25,000 as a match to new revenue IowaWatch is challenged to raise by the end of January 2015. IowaWatch has provided news stories to more than 25 Iowa newspapers, broadcasters and websites through the work of student journalists on several Iowa college campuses and its full-time professional journalists. IowaWatch’s professional staff consists of Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller and reporter/digital analyst Lauren Mills. Continue Reading →

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