Poster Title (Current Submission)

Behind the keyboard at Iowa Watch: Reviving investigative journalism in the age of Twitter

Presenter Information

Lauren Mills, Iowa WatchFollow

Major(s)

English, Journalism & Mass Communication, Spanish

Mentor Name

Steve Berry

Mentor Department

Journalism

Abstract

As the era of 24-hour news, 140 character Twitter posts and shrinking newsroom budgets places an emphasis on the brief, snappy and bankable, investigative journalism dwindles. But where the commercial news industry falls short, non-profit organizations, such as Iowa Watch, spring up to fill the gaps.

Iowa Watch presents an opportunity for young journalists, such as myself, to gain researching and reporting skills. By offering the resulting projects to local news organizations free-of-charge, Iowa Watch also works to spread public access to in-depth reporting, raise awareness of social issues and revive watchdog journalism.

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Behind the keyboard at Iowa Watch: Reviving investigative journalism in the age of Twitter

As the era of 24-hour news, 140 character Twitter posts and shrinking newsroom budgets places an emphasis on the brief, snappy and bankable, investigative journalism dwindles. But where the commercial news industry falls short, non-profit organizations, such as Iowa Watch, spring up to fill the gaps.

Iowa Watch presents an opportunity for young journalists, such as myself, to gain researching and reporting skills. By offering the resulting projects to local news organizations free-of-charge, Iowa Watch also works to spread public access to in-depth reporting, raise awareness of social issues and revive watchdog journalism.