Join Us At Our 2017 Banquet

The fifth annual Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet, titled “Government Transparency: Now More Than Ever,” will feature White House correspondent Jennifer Jacobs as its guest speaker on Thursday, Oct. 5, in Des Moines. The banquet, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown and hosted by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism — IowaWatch with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and Iowa Newspaper Foundation, will follow a day of raising awareness about the importance of an open government and an unrestricted press to our democracy. The banquet will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception, with serving beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Other events will include a public forum hosted by the Des Moines Register and Iowa Freedom of Information Council, titled, “Iowa’s Creeping Secrecy.” The forum will examine how each year brings more challenges that would erode Iowa’s long tradition of state and local government being open for scrutiny by the public. Speakers will explore this expanding secrecy – and arguments marshaled by various sides.

SPJ To Support IowaWatch Intern

IowaWatch was selected as one of two locations for a summer 2016 fellowship through the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational foundation for the Society of Professional Journalists.

This #GivingTuesday, Consider IowaWatch

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 IowaWatch.org 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.

Join Us Oct. 22 For A “Fun”-Raiser To Benefit IowaWatch

We are capping off our fifth anniversary celebrations with an autumn fundraiser at the beautiful Walker Homestead on the outskirts of Iowa City. Join us for wine, wood-fired pizza, live music and a silent auction with items ranging from original photography to international crafts and a catered dinner for 30.

IowaWatch Connection: The Year In Review, 2014

Steve Berry, IowaWatch co-founder and University of Iowa Journalism professor, and Lyle Muller, IowaWatch executive director-editor, give a preview of things to come and discuss highlights of the year, including stories on traffic cameras, meth addiction, the treatment of college students who are here from other countries, payday loans and more.

News Quiz: The History of Flight in the Hawkeye State

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright took to the air in the famous Kitty Hawk flight, the first successful flight in a man-powered airplane. Over the next decades, the adventure of conquering the air captivated the world, including many Iowans. Test your knowledge about the roots of aviation in Iowa.

IowaWatch Forum: Critical Decisions About Elder Care

Watch a video, read the liveblog: An IowaWatch forum, Criticial Decisions about Elder Care, focused on important decisions Iowans face about long-term elder care. A panel of three distinguished experts spoke about the difficulty of improving the quality of long-term elder care.

3 IowaWatch Reporters Earn Online News Awards

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.