IowaWatch volunteer staffers Linh Ta and Sarah Hadley and professional staffer Lauren Mills have received recognition for their work in various ways the past few months.
Ta, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, was cited on the UNI Department of Communication Studies’ website for her first published IowaWatch story, “Getting G.I. Benefits is a Challenge for Iowa’s Veterans in College”. The story was published on April 6 at IowaWatch.org and several newspapers in Iowa, was the source material for two Eastern Iowa television news reports and was one of the topics discussed on the Bob Bruce radio show on WMT AM-600, on April 11.
Hadley, a University of Iowa sophomore, was part of a team of journalism and mass communication students who won a University of Iowa’s James F. Fox Public Relations Student Society of America competition for media coverage of a crisis event. The team had to practice covering a crisis scenario by attending a press conference, and then produce a news report. Industry professionals judged the simulated scenario.
Mills, a 2012 UI graduate who joined IowaWatch in January as a data analyst/journalist, was interviewed by First Draft, a Society of Professional Journalists blog, in February about working for a non-profit news organization. IowaWatch is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan news organization run by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism.