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Unique monthly visitors


Average visits



  • Yes


  • $101,000 - $250,000

Primary revenue source(s)

  • Foundation grants

Ad products

  • Other(s)

Other products

Sponsorship for radio program

Last Publisher Update

  • 2016-03-07 18:27:23 UTC

Iowa Watch
Iowa Watch

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.


Iowa City



Zip code


Year launched


Tax status

  • Nonprofit 501c3

Geographic scope

  • State

Other geographic focus

Midwest United States

Scope of coverage

  • Produce investigative news

Topics of coverage

  • Environment
  • Government & politics
  • Other

Other content topics

Consumer and business affairs

Watchdog journalism?

  • Yes, it is the primary focus

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Effective engagement practice

IowaWatch engages audiences best when it makes personal visits to communities, giving presentations about the journalism it does and through a weekly radio program that airs on 21 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.

In the news

"Feds let 'puppy mill' stay open", Jan. 12, 2015, Des Moines Register editorial cites IowaWatch reports. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/01/12/feds-let-puppy-mill-stay-open/21582819/

"The straight-ticket option, partisanship and roll off," Jan. 1, 2015, item by The Early Voting Information Center of Reed College, Portland, OR, cites IowaWatch report on straight-ticket voting in Iowa. http://earlyvoting.net/commentary/the-straight-ticket-option-partisanship-and-roll-off/

"Iowa lottery indirectly funds education," Jan. 7, 2015, Business Record (Des Moines, IA), write-up on IowaWatch report about straight-ticket voting in Iowa. (Note: Several Iowa news outlets published the IowaWatch report in late December 2014 and early January 2015). http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/Default/-All-Latest-News/Article/IowaWatch-Iowa-Lottery-indirectly-funds-education/-3/248/67083

"IowaWatch report: Dog-breeding inspections increase, but with few inspectors," Dec. 28, 2014, Sioux City Journal. http://siouxcityjournal.com/iowawatchreport-dog-breeding-inspections-increase-but-with-few-inspectors/article_d81916a3-99a3-5b47-b0ca-4c8aeafa6f18.html

"Time to add teeth to texting-while-driving law," Dec. 30, 2014, The Courier (Waterloo, IA) editorial based on an IowaWatch report. http://wcfcourier.com/news/opinion/editorial/time-to-add-teeth-to-texting-while-driving-law/article_3e4d017a-1df5-52a3-b118-0a3a83e50bd2.html

"Serious violations of Animal Welfare Act doesn’t mean quick removal," Oct. 12, 2014, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA) republication of IowaWatch report. http://thegazette.com/subject/news/serious-violations-of-animal-welfare-act-doesnt-mean-quick-removal-20141012

"Meth users still testing lawmakers," Nov. 29, 2014, Des Moines Register republication of IowaWatch report from two public forums held in conjunction with The Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen, UnityPoint Health of Des Moines and MECCA Services. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/2014/11/30/meth-users-still-testing-lawmakers/19629601/