For as long as Iowa has existed newspapers have recorded the events and people shaping communities, informing current residents but also leaving a history for future generations. But you might not be aware of a few things found in the history of Iowa newspapers.
An estimated 17 Native American tribes have lived in Iowa, according to Iowa’s Official Register, a 2011 document by the State Library of Iowa. How familiar are you with the history surrounding the tribes that lived in Iowa?
Each Thanksgiving we like to bring out this news quiz about Thanksgiving weekend football at Iowa colleges, given that the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College football teams are on the schedule this year. The state of Iowa’s history of Thanksgiving football goes back quite a few years. How far? Find out in this IowaWatch news quiz.
A recent IowaWatch report reveals that many elderly people have become scammers’ easy targets and lost billions of dollars in the past several years. Take this news quiz and find out how much you know about financial scams that target seniors, and how to deal with them.
Iowans dumped 2.7 million tons of garbage into landfills last year. One method the Iowa Department of Natural Resources promotes to reduce the negative influence of dumping all that garbage has on the environment is called the Environmental Management System, but many Iowa landfill operators are reluctant to adopt this new system. How much do you know about Iowa’s efforts to reduce garbage put into landfills?
Each year, the Pulitzer Prize administration gives out 21 awards for American journalism, literature, drama and music. Prizes are offered in 14 journalistic categories, including public service reporting, investigative reporting, feature writing and feature and breaking news photography. Do you know what prizes have been awarded to Iowa journalists? Find out with this news quiz.
An estimated 17 different Native American tribes have lived in Iowa, according to Iowa’s Official Register, a 2011 document by the State Library of Iowa. How familiar are you with the history surrounding the tribes that lived in Iowa?
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 22 percent of U.S. adults say climate change is due to natural patterns and one-quarter believe there is no solid evidence Earth is getting warmer, despite a large consensus in the scientific community. A recent national survey and an informal state survey conducted by IowaWatch, working with the Cedar Falls High School Tiger Hi-Line, show this conflict also plays out in the classroom. Check your knowledge of recent research on climate change and how climate change is taught.
On Nov. 20, 2008, UNESCO named Iowa City, Iowa its third City of Literature, after Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia. Test your knowledge on Iowa’s City of Literature and learn more about its literary identity and tradition.