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Impact Of First IowaWatch Story 5 Years Ago Remains With Reporter

It started with a short news clip. On October 12, 2009, The Daily Iowan ran a 244-word brief saying that University of Iowa business student Jacques Similhomme, missing for two weeks, had been found dead in the Cedar River. I hadn’t heard Similhomme was missing, and that seemed strange since he was a fellow Hawkeye. Even more bizarre, his death was buried deep inside the university’s newspaper. I recalled an incident in September 2006 while I was a student at Grinnell College.

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IowaWatch Connection Earns Six IBNA Awards

The IowaWatch Connection radio program collected six awards for large market radio reporting at the 2015 Iowa Broadcast News Association convention in Johnston, Iowa, on April 18. 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: Farm and Business reporting, for a report on farm safety that included reporting from Sarah Hadley. First place: Political coverage, for a compilation of reports related to politics. First place: In-depth/series, for a report on student debt that students from several college journalism programs in Iowa helped compile.

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Brian Cooper, Michael Gartner Named IowaWatch Free Press Champions

Two longtime Iowa journalists — Brian Cooper, editor of The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, and First Amendment advocate Michael Gartner, owner of the Iowa Cubs baseball team — were honored by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch Thursday, Oct. 2, with Free Press Champion Awards. The awards are for their efforts promoting and showing by example the benefits of transparent government in Iowa.

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Listen To Podcast: IowaWatch’s Latest KXIC Radio Appearance

Jay Capron, host of Your Town on KXIC radio, AM 800, featured on Tuesday, June 17, the IowaWatch story on the emergence of cellulosic ethanol, or trashanol, whole also giving a mention to the original IowaWatch documentary, “Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland”. Gabriella Dunn, the IowaWatch reporter who wrote the trashanol story, and IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller were Capron’s guests. You can listen to KXIC’s podcast below. Your Town features IowaWatch the third Tuesday of every month. Advertising with this podcast is KXIC’s and does not support IowaWatch.

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American Journalism Review News Editor Joins IowaWatch Board

Lisa Rossi, news editor for the American Journalism Review (AJR) and a faculty member at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, has joined the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism board of directors. AJR is an online publication that covers innovation in media. Rossi, a University of Iowa graduate, has worked at the Des Moines Register, The Gazette, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, The Missoulian and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and at The Daily Iowan, where she served as a metro editor. She was an associate regional editor for Patch.com in Maryland before joining AJR, managing writers, editing stories and developing strategies to grow online audiences.

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Support IowaWatch Journalism With A Tax-Deductible Donation

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.

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Listen To The Podcast Of IowaWatch’s Most Recent WMT Appearance

One of WMT radio talk show host Bob Bruce’s guests the afternoon of May 17, 2014, was IowaWatch’s executive director-editor, Lyle Muller. They talked about a variety of topics including, at the end of the program, IowaWatch’s stories about college debt in Iowa. You can listen to a podcast of the program here. Advertising in the podcast is WMT’s, not IowaWatch’s. IowaWatch is part of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism.

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IowaWatch Journalists Win Regional SPJ Reporting Awards

IowaWatch reporters Katie Kuntz and Sarah Hadley have won regional Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) regional Mark of Excellence Awards for stories they did in 2013 for IowaWatch.org and news outlets that published their stories.  Their awards were announced at a regional meeting April 25-26 in Overland Park, Kan. Additionally, former IowaWatch reporter Katelynn McCollough won first place for breaking news for work she did as a reporter at the Iowa State Daily newspaper, where is has been editor-in-chief this school year. Winning first place in the regional contest makes these journalists eligible for national Mark of Excellence awards, to be announced May 6. These winners were from the SPJ’s Region 7, which comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. IowaWatch provides mentorship to college students in Iowa who want to be journalists and helps in getting their work published by newspapers and news web sites, and exposed through broadcast outlets.