The IowaWatch Connection is a statewide audience engagement program under development by The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch. The program was made possible through a $25,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant, awarded through the Investigative News Network.
The program involves developing a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program and a 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, hosts and produces the radio program on a network of stations across the state. The program premiered July 5 with the first the 30-minute show appearing on several radio stations. To learn more about the radio program, visit the IowaWatch Connection page
In addition, the grant will allow IowaWatch to host public forums in select cities across Iowa to explore issues that have impact on Iowans. Upcoming forums include a forum in Des Moines and one in Iowa City to air the IowaWatch documentary “Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland” followed by a panel of experts to discuss how children are affected by meth addiction in Iowa and what possible solutions could be.
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U.S. Department of Education data from 155 Iowa college campuses showed 13 incidences of hate crimes on those campuses in 2016, the most recent year for which data exist. This IowaWatch Connection podcast explores what student leaders are doing to overcome the negative impact of bias- and hate-related incidences when they happen.
Rural Iowa is facing several challenges, notably as its population grew a little more than 4 percent from 2000 to 2010, while the rest of the nation grew a little less than 10 percent during that same time. These challenges are being addressed in several ways, as we learn in this IowaWatch podcast.
ByTemesha Derby, Britteny Johnson and Laura Wiersema, with Lyle Muller and Jeff Stein |
Many colleges in Iowa are seeing fluctuating numbers of reports in instances of sexual assault on their campuses, a spring 2018 IowaWatch/Simpson College journalism project showed. This podcast explores why that could be a problem.
The IowaWatch Connection radio report, part of a statewide audience engagement program, premiered July 5-6, 2014, as a 13-week experiment that would spread reporting by IowaWatch.org to a statewide radio audience. Two-hundred programs had been produced as of the weekend of April 27-29, 2018. This is a podcast of the 200th program. It revisits two stories that took top honors in the recent Iowa Broadcast News Association awards contest:
First place: Farm and Business reporting, for a report on foreign farmland ownership in the Midwest that featured a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting story on that topic. First place: General Reporting, for a report on Iowa’s capacity for future rail traffic.
The IowaWatch Connection caught up with former Sen. Tom Harkin recently for a wide ranging interview about the influence of money, social media and other things that go with public service, plus work done at the Drake University institute bearing his name.
? The mix of University of Iowa students but also non-student, would-be homeowners who want to live in or near downtown Iowa City is out of balance, city housing and urban planning experts say. This IowaWatch Connection podcast takes you to people trying to change that. Read more: This IowaWatch report explains the problem in depth.
Priorities at the 2018 Iowa General Assembly that started in Jan. 8 will clash, state legislative leaders said. Even when they don’t clash, there’s a question of how the state will pay for programming. At least agreement exists that two topics — water quality and mental health care — should get a lot of attention in the first part of the session, this IowaWatch Connection radio report explains.
White Iowans made strong gains in high school and college graduation rates, poverty, median family income and home ownership from 1960-2010 but black and Latino achievements in these areas grew far more slowly, or in some cases declined. This IowaWatch Connection radio podcast looks at ways some are trying to level the playing field.