Governor signs long-sought law on public record fees

Randy Evans, executive directorIowa Freedom of Information Council This article is free to use and publish in your publication.  Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Monday a bill that has been on the Iowa Newspaper Association’s “wish list” since 2018. SF 2322 makes important changes in Iowa’s public records law that relate to the fees state…

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Now hiring – media buyer

Position Summary This position is responsible for working closely with the sales department and advertising staff in processing advertising orders, estimates and scheduling information.  This position will have national industry contacts and an aggressive sales-like attitude to buy media for print, online and digital. Responsible for being self-motivated, working independently, and well under conflicting deadlines.…

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Get Iowa COVID updates on this new dashboard

This article is free to use and publish in your publication.  A new website, the product of a collaboration among Iowa newspapers, will serve as a central source of Iowa COVID-19 data. The project is being led by the Iowa Newspaper Association and spearheaded by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Des Moines Register, Iowa City Daily…

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Here’s another place we need more transparency 

Randy Evans, executive directorIowa Freedom of Information Council This article is free to use and publish in your publication.  There has been a lot of talk lately about why Iowa’s K-12 school districts need to be more transparent, and more accessible and more accountable, to parents and the rest of the tax-paying people of Iowa.…

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Senate change won’t better inform Iowans

Randy Evans, executive directorIowa Freedom of Information Council This article is free to use and publish in your publication.  Typically, in the days leading up to the start of a new session of the Iowa Legislature, the attention is on lawmakers’ goals and priorities — and on the pledges they make to work together for…

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School officials haven’t learned important lesson

By Randy EvansExecutive DirectorIowa Freedom of Information Council This article is free to use and publish in your publication. The past couple of years have been challenging for Iowa’s 327 public school districts. Parents have become very engaged with their schools — and enraged, too, at times. This has revolved around masks and vaccines, what…

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Public must be informed in doctor discipline

By Randy Evans, Executive DirectorIowa Freedom of Information Council This article is free to use and publish in your publication. The Iowa Legislature’s “To Do” list should be a little longer after last week. And people need to contact their senators and representatives in the Legislature to make sure they understand their duty is to…

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Restricting access to public notices poses a threat to the public

Rick Morain, former editor-publisherJefferson Bee and Herald newspapers This article is free to use and publish in your publication. Iowans want to know what their local governments—county supervisors, city councils, school boards—are up to. They always have. The very first newspapers in many of the state’s counties regularly published local public notices, paid for by…

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Government losing sight of serving the public

Randy Evans, executive directorIowa Freedom of Information Council This article is free to use and publish in your publication. Several times a week, someone reaches out to me because they had difficulty learning about a government meeting or ran into obstacles trying to get government records. These calls and emails to the Iowa Freedom of Information…

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Register editor: Big tech is squeezing the finances of newspapers in Iowa and across U.S.; here’s how an antitrust bill could help

Google and Facebook stack the deck against newspapers and broadcasters by refusing to compensate publishers for the work their journalists produce. This article is free to use and publish in your publication.  Carol HunterDes Moines Register Just as Iowa is a state of small towns, it’s a state boasting an extraordinary number of small but…

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