It started with a short news clip. On October 12, 2009, The Daily Iowan ran a 244-word brief saying that University of Iowa business student Jacques Similhomme, missing for two weeks, had been found dead in the Cedar River. I hadn’t heard Similhomme was missing, and that seemed strange since he was a fellow Hawkeye. Even more bizarre, his death was buried deep inside the university’s newspaper. I recalled an incident in September 2006 while I was a student at Grinnell College.
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.
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.