Columbia Journalism Review today announced that The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch has become the newest member of its online News Frontier Database.

In making the announcement, CJR wrote a 1,000-word online profile story about IowaWatch entitled “Investigative Reporting for the Hawkeye State.”

This is the second professional journal that IowaWatch has appeared in, the first being the American Journalism Review.

“I think being included in the database is extremely important for IowaWatch, because it establishes our presence on the national landscape,” Stephen J. Berry, IowaWatch’s interim executive-editor, said.

The database provides documentation of original reporting and stories from the “digital news terrain” across the country.

According to its website, each digital news agency is given a profile detailing business operations, anecdotes, stories from the past, future plans, commentary and critique and the “war” stories of the agency’s interviewee, along with various other statistics.

“It is a tremendous service to journalism, because it provides such a valuable source of information to journalists and to people who study journalism and the media,” Berry said. “Hat’s off to CJR.”

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch is an independent, nonpartisan news service incorporated in Iowa in February 2010 and recognized by the as a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501 (c)(3).

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