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June 14, 2010

At A Glance

Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism joins Investigative News Network

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism has joined the Investigative News Network, a national consortium of 33 nonprofit news organizations.

Members of the consortium include National Public Radio, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Center for Public Integrity. Consortium membership will provide the Iowa Center with opportunities to get involved with major regional and national projects in partnership with other nonprofit journalism organizations.

The Iowa center was recently founded by a University of Iowa professor and graduate student: Stephen Berry, a faculty member of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Robert Gutsche Jr., a doctoral student in mass communication. (See related news release:

As an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization, the center will publish investigative and explanatory reports at IowaWatch will focus on in-depth coverage of local and state issues.

For more information on the Investigative News Network, visit


June 24 reading combines nonfiction, fiction and poetry

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni Wayne Johnson and Karen Subach, who are faculty members in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, will combine nonfiction, fiction and poetry in a free reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the Writing University website,

Johnson will read from "Live to Ride: The Rumbling, Roaring World of Speed, Escape, and Adventure on Two Wheels," his account of bikers, motorcycle history and lore, dirt biking, road racing and world class hill climbing.

Johnson's first novel, "The Snake Game," was a London Times Bestseller, and he is the author of three subsequent novels, "Don't Think Twice," "Six Crooked Highways" and "The Devil You Know," and the non-fiction book, "White Heart: The Extreme Skiing Life."

Karen Subach will read from her first collection of poems, "Mysteries," an ecumenical exploration of archetypal material in the Judeo-Christian tradition that was a finalist in Finishing Line’s 2008 Open Competition, and also from her recently finished novel, "Divine Providence."

Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, CutBank, New Letters and other literary venues.


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