Select IowaWatch Connection Programs Focus On Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalism In Iowa

The first radio programs in an IowaWatch series on Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalism focus on a unique way of handling news reports of a difficult topic in 1990 – rape. The programs, aired as part of the statewide IowaWatch Connection radio program, were on 21 radio stations during the weekends of March 22-24 and April 1-3. has posted podcasts of the programs, which feature former Des Moines Register reporter Jane Schorer Meisner’s 1990 newspaper series on the stigma attached to women who are raped. The series, which told the story of an Iowa woman who was raped but willing to talk about it and be named, won The Register the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Meisner talks in the programs about her reporting, its impact on how people view rape as a crime and how journalists report it.

IowaWatch Reporter Earns Fund For Investigative Journalism Grant

The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded IowaWatch’s Lauren Mills a $5,000 grant to support a journalism project in which she will examine Iowa’s water quality. This marks the third time the organization has given an IowaWatch reporter a grant and the second time it has given one to Mills, who is IowaWatch’s assistant editor, data analyst and reporter.

Podcast Link: The Importance Of Investigative Reporting

Iowa Public Radio examined the importance of investigative journalism, nationally and in Iowa, during its Tuesday, Feb. 23, “River to River” program and included IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller, IowaWatch board member Andy Hall and Jason Clayworth, investigative reporter at The Des Moines Register, in the conversation.

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.

Bill Casey, Lee Rood Named IowaWatch Master Mentors

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch has honored two longtime Iowa news professionals for work they’ve done as mentors to young journalists – The Daily Iowan publisher Bill Casey and The Des Moines Register watchdog reporter Lee Rood.

Danielle Wilde Named 2015 IowaWatch/Fotini Perlmutter Award Winner

University of Iowa student Danielle Wilde has won the 2015 IowaWatch/Fotini Perlmutter scholarship, an annual award given for outstanding investigative reporting. The award, funded with a grant by former University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication Director David Perlmutter, is presented by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch to an undergraduate volunteer staff member who has worked with the center for at least one year. The winner must also show an interest in pursuing investigative journalism. The award includes a $250 scholarship. SEE DANIELLE’S AWARD-WINNING STORY ‘GRAFFITI: THE ART OF EXPRESSIVE VANDALISM’
Wilde, a staff photographer at IowaWatch, is a senior studying journalism and mass communication, and studio arts with an emphasis on photography.

Iowa’s Bid For Open Government Is Never-Ending

The grade might stun you — Iowa receiving a D-plus for government transparency from the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity Monday morning, Nov. 9, in a government transparency study of all 50 U.S. states. These same organizations gave Iowa a C-plus the last time they studied government transparency for a March 2012 report. How could Iowa do worse this time? Iowa has made some moves, notably forming a Public Information Board later in 2012 to better resolve complaints Iowans have about government openness.

Navigating The Workplace At 50 The Topic For AARP, IowaWatch Lunch, Panel Discussions

AARP Iowa and are teaming up to host two luncheon panel discussions, Navigating the Workplace at 50, in Des Moines on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grandview University Student Center, 1200 Grandview Ave.; and in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.