Updated Sept. 10, 2015

Ever wonder how a story gets into a newspaper? Why did an editor choose one story over the other? What makes a story newsworthy? How can I get a notice about an upcoming event for my community-based group into the newspaper?

How important is the local newspaper to my community and, most important, me?


You can have a chance to hear editors of community newspapers serving the Iowa City-Coralville area and North Liberty answer those questions and others you have for them at one of two public forums hosted by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism—IowaWatch. The forums will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in North Liberty and Sept. 15 in Iowa City.

The Sept. 14 North Liberty forum, at the North Liberty Recreation Center’s Gerdin Conference Center Large Meeting Room, will feature North Liberty Leader editor Lori Lindner, The Gazette editor Zack Kucharski and Iowa City Press-Citizen reporter Josh O’Leary. Press-Citizen executive news director Tricia Brown, originally scheduled for the event, had to cancel because she is leaving the newspaper. [This portion and the following paragraph have been updated since the original release.]

The Sept. 15 Iowa City forum, at the Iowa City Public Library’s Meeting Room A, will feature The Daily Iowan editor Stacey Murray, The Gazette’s Kucharski and Press-Citizen reporter Jeff Charis Carlson.

IowaWatch executive director-editor Lyle Muller will moderate the forums. The forums are supported with a grant from the Community Foundation of Johnson County.


The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism—IowaWatch is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit and non-partisan journalistic program dedicated to producing high quality investigative and community affairs journalism in Iowa while training journalism students on this work at a high, ethical level. It operates the news website IowaWatch.org and IowaWatch Connection weekly radio program while collaborating with news organizations to bring attention to investigative reporting.

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