IowaWatch Forum: Critical Decisions About Elder Care

Watch a video, read the liveblog: An IowaWatch forum, Criticial Decisions about Elder Care, focused on important decisions Iowans face about long-term elder care. A panel of three distinguished experts spoke about the difficulty of improving the quality of long-term elder care.

3 IowaWatch Reporters Earn Online News Awards

IowaWatch reporters Sarah Hadley, Katie Kuntz and Danielle Wilde have been named winners of Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) regional Mark of Excellence Awards. They will learn if they placed first, second or third when the SPJ makes that announcement at a regional meeting April 25-26 in Overland Park, Kan. First place winners in each of 12 SPJ regions will be eligible for national Mark of Excellence awards, which are to be announced in late April. The awards are given annually for published journalism produced by college students. Hadley, Kuntz and Wilde are students in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and volunteer journalists with IowaWatch, a nonprofit news organization.

Pulitzer Prize-winning ISU Faculty Member and Founding Staff Member Join IowaWatch Board

A Pulitzer Prize winning member of the Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and a student who was at the founding of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism have joined the Iowa Center’s board of directors. The terms of Jane Fritsch and Jim Malewitz are effective immediately. Jane Fritsch, an assistant professor of journalism and communication at the Greenlee school has worked for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune. As a New York Times reporter, she covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and contributed to “A Nation Challenged,” the Times coverage awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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.

Commentary: Wisconsin Legislative Move Raises Serious Academic Freedom Issues

The punishment was doled out with little warning in a 12-4 party line vote of the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, with Republicans holding the majority. At about 6 o’clock in the morning on Thursday, June 6, the soon-to-be not so secret double probation came in a provision in the state’s budget bill:

“Center for Investigative Journalism. Prohibit the Board of Regents from permitting the Center for Investigative Journalism to occupy any facilities owned or leased by the Board of Regents. In addition, prohibit UW employees from doing any work related to the Center for Investigative Journalism as part of their duties as a UW employee.”

The center in this case is the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The organization is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that has a contract for space at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication to produce long-form investigative stories in partnership with other news media while training paid UW student interns to do this work and providing resources such as guest lectures for the school.

Corporations, Free-Market Nonprofits Foot Bill for Judicial Seminars

Conservative foundations, multinational oil companies and a prescription drug maker were the most frequent sponsors of more than 100 expense-paid educational seminars attended by federal judges over a 4 1/2-year period, according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation. View interactive list of judges.

Obama in Iowa City

With student Stafford loan interest rates on the verge of doubling, President Barack Obama entered the University of Iowa’s Field House today and urged students to appeal to Congress to extend the rate freeze before it jumps to 6.8 percent in July.