IowaWatch Joins Iowa Freedom Of Information Council

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch has joined the Iowa Freedom of Information Council as a First Amendment member because it matches the center’s goal of shining a spotlight on institutions and people who have authority over public policies, trends and events.

Iowa Draws A Lowly D+ In New Government Transparency Report

The fact that state authorities sought to obstruct disclosure of a police shooting in Burlington explains, in part, why Iowa received an overall grade of D+ in a 2015 State Integrity Investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

2014 Banquet

The second annual Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet — held in Des Moines on Thursday, October 2 — will feature guest speaker Jim Bohannon, host of the nationally syndicated “The Jim Bohannon Show” and “America in the Morning” radio programs.

The banquet, hosted by The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and Iowa Newspaper Foundation, will cap a day of bringing attention to the need of an unrestricted news media and open government in our democracy. Registration is required for the banquet. Please register by Thursday, September 25. During the banquet, the Iowa Freedom of Information Council will present its annual Harrison “Skip” Weber Friend of the First Amendment award. IowaWatch will present its Stephen Berry and Bill Monroe Free Press Champion awards to a working journalist or journalism educator and an Iowan who is not involved with journalism who promotes the role of an unrestricted news media and open government.

2013 Banquet

The IowaWatch banquet celebrating a free and open news media and transparent government was a success! The banquet on Thursday, October 3 was part of a day of events organized by the Iowa Newspaper Association and the Iowa Freedom of Information Council as well as our evening banquet. IowaWatch would like to thank attendees, sponsors, award recipients and the many people who worked behind the scenes to make this event possible. During the banquet, IowaWatch presented the first Free Press Champion Awards — the Steve Berry Free Press Champion Award, which given to a professional journalist or journalism educator, and the Bill Monroe Free Press Champion Award, which is given to an individual outside the journalism profession who has promoted the cause of a free press and open government. The Iowa Freedom of Information Council also presented its 2013 Harrison “Skip” Weber Friend of the First Amendment Awards.