I, as co-founder of IowaWatch.org, would like to congratulate you, the members of the IowaWatch family. Thanks to your past support, IowaWatch’s journalistic success had earned for us a chance to receive up to $28,000 in matching funds from a $3 million national News Match 2017 fund drive.
The biggest concern facing the general public when it tries to determine what news source to trust? “The wide variety of people who produce news, and only some of them our journalists,” David Ryfe, professor and chairman of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said in this IowaWatch Connection podcast.
We at IowaWatch are raising funds to pay stipends to more than a dozen student journalists from six Iowa campuses in an IowaWatch/College Media reporting project. These journalists are interviewing students, faculty members and administrators to learn about this topic and to report it to you later during this spring.
A little more than five years ago a small group of forward-thinking people could only imagine what the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism with its news website, IowaWatch.org, would be. That changed on May 29, 2010, when the first IowaWatch story was published.
An IowaWatch multimedia series by Emily Hoerner when she was an IowaWatch reporter has been awarded ninth place in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s 2012-13 College Multimedia Journalism competition. Hoerner’s series, Path to Polarization, explored how politics has been politicized in Iowa and nationally. Hoerner wrote the stories as an honors project at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her honors adviser was Stephen Berry, an associate professor at the school and IowaWatch’s co-founder. The series was published by IowaWatch and distributed to Iowa news media for their use in November.
How do you train a nonprofit watchdog?
That’s the key question posed at npjforum.com, a new website that promotes dialogue between nonprofit journalists and aims to shed light on the challenges of their growing industry.