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Iowa Public Television to feature UI journalism professors' oral history project

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowans will get their first chance to hear veteran journalists tell their stories about covering Iowa's news through the years when Iowa Public Television features the Iowa Journalists' Oral History Project on its half-hour program, "Living in Iowa," on Friday, May 22.

The program will chronicle the working lives of two veteran Iowa journalists, Carolyn Gage, publisher of the Villisca Review and the Stanton Viking, and Ed Sidey, the retired owner and publisher of the Adair County Free Press. The program was created in cooperation with University of Iowa journalism professors Stephen G. Bloom and Hanno Hardt, who started the Oral History Project this year as the first systematic effort to chronicle the lives and contributions of Iowa's senior journalists.

Through their project, Bloom and Hardt are recording the professional histories of Iowa reporters, editors, photographers and columnists, covering decades of newsgathering. During the past semester the two professors taught a course devoted to the project, in which students used video camcorders to capture the voices and images of Iowa journalists. The students also transcribed the tapes and wrote appraisals of each journalists' contributions. To date, the project has recorded oral histories of 10 veteran Iowa journalists.

"Living in Iowa," is a weekly program on Iowa Public Television and is the only statewide video magazine in Iowa. The show featuring the Oral History Project will air first at 8:30 p.m. on May 22 and will be broadcast again at 7:30 Sunday, May 24.

The Oral History Project will continue for several years. Anyone with suggestions of Iowa journalists to be interviewed for the Project should contact Bloom at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 610 Seashore Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. His phone number is (319) 335-3368. Bloom also can be reached via e-mail at