Gutsche: High schools can learn from non-profits

In an attempt to share the values and possibilities of non-profit journalism, Robert Gutsche Jr., director of outreach at the Iowa Center, published a story this spring targeted at high school journalism students and their teachers. The article, which encouraged students to “start digging” into their communities and schools appeared in the February/March issue of Quill and Scroll, a national high school journalism magazine. In the piece, Gutsche discussed how student staffs at colleges throughout their regions and states can collaborate to develop investigative and explanatory journalism. “It’s important for young journalists to understand the relevance of non-profit and investigative journalism in today’s society,” Gutsche said. “Students must push themselves to do better journalism and, at the same time, learn about new models of producing news.”

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Board moves Center forward

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Board of Directors met Friday, March 26 at the Iowa City Public Library.

Its first meeting marked the collaboration of some of the state and nation’s media and education leaders to form the new, non-profit and non-partisan news outlet that will serve the state of Iowa.

In addition to discussing the Center’s bylaws, ethics statements and goals, the Board elected its founding officers.

Center builds board, adds consultant

The Iowa Center is pleased to share that we are in the process of finalizing our Board of Directors, a list of dedicated journalists and educators in Iowa. The Directors will be announced later this month or in early March. We are grateful to have the investment of their time, experience and commitment. The Iowa Center has also added a consultant who will focus on helping us find and apply for grants across the country to support our mission. In the meantime, there are several ways you can help:


Welcome to the Iowa Center

Planning for The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan news service, began in the spring of 2010. The effort is led by Stephen J. Berry, a Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist and an associate professor of journalism at The University of Iowa, and Robert Gutsche Jr., a University of Iowa Ph.D. student and journalist who helped launch the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the summer of 2009. We hope to apply for 501c3 status in spring 2010. The Center and its Web site,, will be managed, further developed and edited by a visionary, executive director/editor, who will become the full-time, salaried leader of the Center. We look forward to hearing from you.