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Release: July 7, 1999

University News Services creates Election Experts Guide, adds Web features

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Seven months before the Iowa Caucuses and 17 months ahead of the November 2000 Election, the American political season is in full swing, with candidates jetting around the country trying to drum up early support, particularly in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Reporters assigned to the campaign trail will find a wealth of expertise among University of Iowa professors, who are available to analyze candidates' prospects, comment on campaign issues, and compare the current election season with those of previous years. To assist reporters in finding the right professors for their stories, University News Services (UNS) has prepared an experts guide for the Iowa Caucuses and Election 2000.

The guide offers experts on 64 election-related topics listed under the general headings of politics, education, business, law, health, science and environment. The guide also includes biographical information, contact phone numbers and email addresses for the 41 UI professors listed. In addition to a printed version, the guide is available on the Web at

"Iowa becomes a focus for the national media every four years leading up to the caucuses," said Linda Kettner, UNS director. "In creating our guide, we tried to anticipate the topics that will be central to this year's campaign so that we'll have experts available for reporters who turn to the UI for commentary and analysis."

The addition of the Caucus 2000 Experts Guide is one of several recent improvements to the UNS Web site. A search engine has been added to allow keyword searches of more than four years’ worth of archived press releases.

Also added to the site are buttons allowing UI faculty, staff, students and alumni to submit news ideas that may then be used in UI publications or passed along to the media by UNS for possible coverage. Another button allows people who spot news reports about the UI in newspapers, magazines, television or radio to tell UNS about them.

Other improvements also are planned.

"This is an evolutionary process, but our goal is to make the UNS Web site an indispensable resource for the media and UI community seeking up-to-the-minute news about the university," Kettner said. "The Experts Guide and other features on our Web site are our way of getting the right information to the right people as quickly and efficiently as possible."