The Polk County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to release records in the fatal shooting of a Wisconsin motorist by a sheriff’s deputy. The county also agreed, going forward, that it would routinely release such records whenever its officers are involved in incidents that kill or seriously injure people. The agreement is in response to a…

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Randy Evans, Executive DirectorIowa Freedom of Information Council There’s a quiz today. How would the tragic death of George Floyd have been perceived if the encounter occurred on a deserted side street in the middle of the night, rather than on a busy street in a business area in broad daylight?  How would our understanding…

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The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Newspaper Association are again working together to facilitate a service for Iowa newspapers that are unable to staff the State Wrestling Tournament with a photographer.  The Iowa Newspaper Association will provide a pool of volunteers to take pictures. Revenue collected from participating newspapers will go to…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 The Iowa Newspaper Association has provided new ads for newspapers to run in their publications. The ads promote Business Horizons Summer Media Camp. The Iowa Newspaper Foundation, in partnership with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, is in its eighth year of offering an in-depth media experience for Iowa high…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019 A judge should not prohibit publishing facts By Randy Evans Executive Director  Iowa Freedom of Information Council On the morning of Aug. 31, shortly after 8:30, a 12-year-old boy pulled out a gun in his seventh-grade classroom in Eldridge, a community just north of Davenport. In an instant, he directed his classmates to…

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