By Jim Pumarlo A reader questions your policy for reporting suicides. A retailer challenges your staff to produce timely and relevant business news.  A reporter is confronted for printing a press release charging a candidate with unfair campaign practices without contacting the accused for a response. A family member gets emotional over publication of an…

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Stories from IowaWatch – The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism are open to any Iowa news outlet to republish, with appropriate credit given to the decade-old nonprofit news outlet. Executive Director Suzanne Behnke offered these tips: Email her at suzanne-behnke@iowawatch.org to be added to the distribution list. When a story is published, an email…

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INA members have started publishing the series in their local newspapers The Iowa Newspaper Association launched a statewide project focused on police video rules, regulations and associated policies late last year. Since the launch of the project, over 50 different journalists from across the state have requested copies of these policies from local police departments,…

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This article is free to use and publish in your publication.  Randy Evans, executive directorIowa Freedom of Information Council The purpose was pretty simple when the Iowa Legislature wrote the state’s public meetings law many years ago:  Government boards are required to announce their meetings at least one day in advance, and officials must tell the…

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Mark Spensley2020 Iowa newspaper foundation PRESIDENTMonticello Express The Iowa Newspaper Foundation was uniquely positioned to navigate the online world of 2020 due to the work done by INF board members, committees, and staff in previous years. When other organizations were scrambling to move business online, the INF had already provided hundreds of online training programs…

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Becky Maxwell2020 INA Services Company PresidentAlbia—Monroe County News The mission of the INA Services Company is to advance the economic well-being of Iowa newspaper enterprises primarily through, research, promotion, and advertising sales. INA Services Company does business under the branded name Customized Newspaper Advertising, CNA.  The team at CNA, is driven to increase sales, manage…

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Karen Spurgeon2020 Iowa Newspaper Association Board President Bloomfield Democrat This has been quite a year for all of us as newspapers and for your Association. The Iowa Newspaper Association’s mission is to “protect, promote, foster and advance the interests of the members of the Iowa newspaper industry and to provide direction to the Association’s two…

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IHSAA 2021 State Wrestling Championships The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Newspaper Association are again working together to facilitate the INA Photography Pool service for Iowa newspapers during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships.  The IHSAA will be announcing changes and possible restrictions later this week for its annual state wrestling tournaments. The…

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Al CrossPresident, The Society of Professional Journalists Just as some people are tiring of taking precautions against the novel coronavirus, helping it spread, I’m sure some newsrooms are tiring of covering it. And that helps it spread, too, by making it seem less of a threat, and discouraging precautions. And I fear that some newsrooms…

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