Updated Jan. 10, 2019 to reflect new totals during and after auditing fund drive. Thanks to 123 generous donors The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, which runs the IowaWatch.org news effort, raised $29,023 in its end-of-the-year NewsMatch fund drive. Of that, $23,621 was eligible for matching funds from the national NewsMatch fund drive. The numbers for donors and donations were updated on Jan.
There’s an old expression that officials of Indian Hills Community College obviously have not heard about — or have chosen to ignore. The expression is simple: If you find yourself in a hole, stop shoveling. But the school continues to shovel — digging itself ever deeper into legal trouble and into a public relations quagmire. Randy Evans
Randy Evans is the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. He is a former editorial page editor and assistant managing editor of The Des Moines Register.
The weekly public affairs program, Ethical Perspectives on the News, dug into how the news media function in American society, particularly in this era when reporters are under heavy criticism for the work they do, and how they do it.
In an IowaWatch interview, Des Moines Register investigative reporter Clark Kauffman talks about uncovering an Iowa judge’s willingness to let attorneys write rulings in cases they tried before him, plus Kauffman’s process while writing this article and other stories he has uncovered in his career with The Register.
Thanks to 179 generous donors The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism – Iowa Watch was able to raise $21,214 during its end-of-year News Match fund drive. Of that total, $19,021 was matched by the Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation provided funds for the News Match drive for Institute for Nonprofit News members. IowaWatch is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a consortium of nonprofit news organizations in the United States that, for this drive, provided fund-raising training and support. [Ed note: This paragraph was updated March 13, 2018, to reflect IowaWatch’s receipt of the News Match funds.]
Iowans with mental illness are being stranded at hospitals for months after being cleared to for release, according to a recent Des Moines Register report. In an IowaWatch interview, Register reporter Tony Leys said he heard a comment that led to this story during his coverage of other health care issues.
In an IowaWatch interview, Des Moines Register reporter Jason Clayworth discusses the premise behind the newspaper’s investigation into abuses of property forfeitures in Iowa. Part of a series of IowaWatch examinations of investigative reporting in Iowa.