In February 2010 it was a dream – create a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization in Iowa that could advance the notion that democracy is best served by a vibrant, free press casting a critical eye while examining public matters in depth.
In February 2020, the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism that gives you IowaWatch celebrates its 10th anniversary of giving you in-depth, investigative reporting while training the next generation of journalists to do this work at a high, ethical level.
A growing number of our supporters say they believe in the center’s mission and vision. IowaWatch.org has shared its news stories with more than 100 newspapers, web-based news organizations, radio stations and television stations over its 10 years of existence. These stories would not have seen the day of light without that effort, and supporters' donations to IowaWatch.
Meanwhile, the center continues to train college student journalists to do this work at a high, ethical level so that those students know the depth necessary for factual, vetted reporting that makes democracy stronger. And here's a nice by-product: many of those who once were students at IowaWatch now are mentors and coaches for today's emerging journalists.
We face a lot of challenges, sustaining nonprofit news in this exciting time in our nation's history. But we are guided by our mission and vision, and it has made us Decade Strong.