IowaWatch Joins Iowa Freedom Of Information Council

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch has joined the Iowa Freedom of Information Council as a First Amendment member because it matches the center’s goal of shining a spotlight on institutions and people who have authority over public policies, trends and events.

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Wind Energy Industry Spun Into Bat Preservation Effort

Iowa’s wind industry must deal with unwanted bat deaths as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tries to stop the slaughter of one species – the northern long-eared bat. This, despite wind turbines not being the bats’ main tormentor.

IowaWatch co-founder Stephen Berry (left) and executive director-editor Lyle Muller receive the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Iowa Association for Justice's executive director, Brad Lint, on Nov. 5, 2014, in Des Moines.

IowaWatch Receives Statewide Award For Its Journalism

The Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) has announced that it is giving its 2014 Excellence in Journalism Award to the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, which runs the non-profit news organization IowaWatch.org.

First Amendment Rights advocate and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Jim Bohannon was the guest speaker at the 2014 annual banquet.

Jim Bohannon: We Should Be Passionately, Shamelessly Promoting First Amendment Benefits

Jim Bohannon, host of the popular radio news talk programs “The Jim Bohannon Show” and “America in the Morning”, spoke Oct. 2, 2014, in Des Moines at the annual Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet about the power of the First Amendment, and work he says needs to be done to preserve the freedoms the Amendment promises. You may view his address here in two parts. RELATED:
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The banquet was hosted by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism in partnership with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and Iowa Newspaper Foundation. Additional sponsors were the Associated Press, Iowa Broadcasters Association and the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm of Des Moines.