IowaWatch Connection Radio Program Launches

This venture by IowaWatch, with radio station partners across Iowa, plus others who want to promote meaningful conversation about issues in the state, is funded by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant.

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The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism seeks your financial support of nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative and public affairs journalism. The Center, founded in 2010 and distributing news through its website, IowaWatch.org, and several respected news outlets statewide, is the only non-profit, non-partisan news and student training organization of its kind in Iowa. With its three-fold mission: investigative journalism as a public service, education, and sustainability, the center is dedicated to:

Long-form, in depth investigative and public affairs journalism. Collaborating with other news media on local, state, regional and national level
Being transparent about its work and its funding sources. Training college students in Iowa to do a high level of reporting that can be published on professional platforms.

The Center has received major grants totaling $200,000 over two years from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, plus grants from the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, SourceMedia Group of Iowa (The Gazette Co.), Woodward Communications, the Burlington Hawk Eye, the Community Foundation of Johnson County, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Investigative News Network accepts Iowa Center

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism has been accepted into the Investigative News Network, a national consortium of non-profit investigative news centers. The Center was among seven other non-profit journalism organizations to have its membership application approved earlier this week by the INN membership committee, bringing the total membership to 33. “The [Iowa Center’s] application sailed through, due to the strengths of the their plans, staff and board,” said Andy Hall, a member of the INN membership committee, executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and an Iowa Center board member. According to its Web site, the INN plans to aid nonprofit start-ups in producing investigative and public service stories, encouraging editorial collaboration, and developing business models that will help sustain INN member organizations. “It gives us a chance to get involved in national collaborative journalistic efforts with other non-profit investigative journalism organizations,” said Stephen J. Berry, interim executive director-editor of the Center.