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.

Pulitzer Prize-winning ISU Faculty Member and Founding Staff Member Join IowaWatch Board

A Pulitzer Prize winning member of the Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and a student who was at the founding of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism have joined the Iowa Center’s board of directors. The terms of Jane Fritsch and Jim Malewitz are effective immediately. Jane Fritsch, an assistant professor of journalism and communication at the Greenlee school has worked for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune. As a New York Times reporter, she covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and contributed to “A Nation Challenged,” the Times coverage awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Commentary: Wisconsin Legislative Move Raises Serious Academic Freedom Issues

The punishment was doled out with little warning in a 12-4 party line vote of the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, with Republicans holding the majority. At about 6 o’clock in the morning on Thursday, June 6, the soon-to-be not so secret double probation came in a provision in the state’s budget bill:

“Center for Investigative Journalism. Prohibit the Board of Regents from permitting the Center for Investigative Journalism to occupy any facilities owned or leased by the Board of Regents. In addition, prohibit UW employees from doing any work related to the Center for Investigative Journalism as part of their duties as a UW employee.”

The center in this case is the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The organization is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that has a contract for space at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication to produce long-form investigative stories in partnership with other news media while training paid UW student interns to do this work and providing resources such as guest lectures for the school.

Corporations, Free-Market Nonprofits Foot Bill for Judicial Seminars

Conservative foundations, multinational oil companies and a prescription drug maker were the most frequent sponsors of more than 100 expense-paid educational seminars attended by federal judges over a 4 1/2-year period, according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation. View interactive list of judges.

Obama in Iowa City

With student Stafford loan interest rates on the verge of doubling, President Barack Obama entered the University of Iowa’s Field House today and urged students to appeal to Congress to extend the rate freeze before it jumps to 6.8 percent in July.