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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 http://news.uiowa.edu/caucus/
"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
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."