On March 13, 2011, our in-depth look at Iowa's mental health system landed on the front page of the Sioux City Journal.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism seeks your financial support of nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative and public affairs journalism.

The Center, founded in 2010 and distributing news through its website, IowaWatch.org, and several respected news outlets statewide, is the only non-profit, non-partisan news and student training organization of its kind in Iowa. With its three-fold mission: investigative journalism as a public service, education, and sustainability, the center is dedicated to:

  • new ad 1Long-form, in depth investigative and public affairs journalism.
  • Collaborating with other news media on local, state, regional and national level
  • Being transparent about its work and its funding sources.
  • Training college students in Iowa to do a high level of reporting that can be published on professional platforms.

The Center has received major grants totaling $200,000 over two years from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, plus grants from the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, SourceMedia Group of Iowa (The Gazette Co.), Woodward Communications, the Burlington Hawk Eye, the Community Foundation of Johnson County, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. It also has received financial and programming support from the Investigative News Network, a collection of more than 90 non-profit, community-based news organizations to which the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism belongs.

We are striving to get local support from enterprises and people in Iowa or with an interest in the state. That local support is key to news organizations such as ours. We hope to expand our reporting with the kind of depth that the public, which includes local business and organizations, needs to be better decision makers.

Please support the reporting we do and our training of critically thinking young college journalists who can sift through the superficial and be our next generation’s watchdogs. Your tax-deductible contribution may be made here or by mail: Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, PO Box 2178, Iowa City, IA 52244-2178

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