IowaWatch, part of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, is an independent, non-partisan news source that produces and encourages explanatory and investigative journalism in Iowa through collaborative, multimedia reporting with Iowa news organizations. The Center also educates college students to do this kind of journalism at a high, professional level. We inform the public so that it can be armed with the knowledge necessary to play its role in a democracy.
Midwest United States
Consumer and business affairs
IowaWatch engages audiences best when it hosts personal visits with news consumers and through a weekly radio program that airs on 20 radio stations -- 20 of them in Iowa. We get a chance to introduce ourselves to new people at public events, learn what they think, arm them with information they can use and, sometimes, add to the list of those supporting our work financially. Building an audience this way takes time but the visits are enjoyable and we believe we have made impressions during them.
Maintaining reader momentum and drawing people to our website are a challenge. Up to a half million people see our news stories but in partner media with whom we share. Plus, we do not publish daily. The quality is good but frequency and where we are published are a challenge.
"Mental Health Care Providers In Flood-Stricken Rural Areas Short-handed But Expecting More Demand" http://www.iowawatch.org/2019/07/23/mental-health-care-providers-in-flood-stricken-rural-areas-short-handed-but-expecting-more-demand/
"Iowa Pesticide Bureau Workloads Grow But Not Inspection Staff Levels"
"Residents Seek Answers About Health Risks Near Frac Sand Mines"