Join Us At An Oct. 22 Fun-Raiser And Silent Auction

IowaWatch board member Bob Walker and his wife, Kristy, are inviting the public to a fundraiser and silent auction they will host at their home west of Iowa City to raise funds for the non-profit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. The event will be on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Walker Homestead, 3913 James Ave. SW. The event will include wine and cheese and wood-fired pizza catered by Provender.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 in Maryland before joining AJR, managing writers, editing stories and developing strategies to grow online audiences.