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J-School Partnerships: Engaging Students in Producing News

“Part classroom experience, part local news publication, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (a.k.a. IowaWatch.org), is a hybrid approach with lessons worth sharing. This nonprofit initiative—developed in the spirit of similar efforts involving educational enhancement and community engagement going on at other universities—fulfills the j-school mission that some journalists and academics have been calling for by turning our university programs into hubs for local journalism.”
—Robert Gutsche Jr.


In his article “IowaWatch: Nonprofit Journalism Links Students with Reporting and Learning,” Robert Gutsche Jr. welcomes us inside of IowaWatch.org as we discover how it works for students and for news organizations in Iowa.

Founded in 2010, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism involves journalism students in doing investigative and community public service reporting that appears in local and state news outlets. Co-founded by Gutsche and Pulitizer-prize winning investigative journalist and journalism professor Stephen J. Berry, IowaWatch.org assumes its place within an ever-increasing number and diversity of reporting partnerships at j-schools and universities.

Nieman Reports assembled stories from its pages describing various ways universities and journalism programs provide similar opportunities for their students.