OVERVIEW: Iowa Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Activities

Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Public Radio, Public Television Subject: Journalism, Other, Varies Audience: All

For their Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfire programming, Humanities Iowa partnered with Iowa Public Radio (IPR) and the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (IowaWatch) to produce a series of radio programs featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize winners, and with Iowa Public Television (IPTV) to produce a panel discussion focusing on the state of contemporary journalism.


Spotlight Shines on Investigative Journalism – first aired February 23rd, 2016, re-aired November 29th, 2016 For more a recording and more information: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spotlight-shines-investigative-journalism

Fixing FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)’s Flaws at its 50th Anniversary – aired June 27th, 2016 For more a recording and more information: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fixing-foias-flaws-50

Journalistic Values, Objectivity, Fairness, Balance More Important than Ever – aired August 23rd, 2016 For more a recording and more information: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/journalistic-values-objectivity-fairness-balance-more-important-ever#stream/0

Trump, the Media and Restoring Trust – aired November 15th, 2016 For more a recording and more information: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trump-media-and-restoring-trust#stream/0


Removing the Stigma – aired March 25th-27th (part 1) and April 1st-3rd (part 2), 2016 For more a recording and more information: Part 1 – http://iowawatch.org/2016/03/28/iowawatch-connection-podcast-removing-the-stigma-part-one/ Part 2 – http://iowawatch.org/2016/04/04/iowawatch-connection-podcast-removing-the-stigma-part-two/

The Moment of Rescue – aired May 13th-15th (part 1) and May 20th-22nd (part 2), 2016 For more a recording and more information: Part 1 – http://iowawatch.org/2016/05/17/iowawatch-connection-podcast-the-moment-of-rescue-the-making-of-a-pulitzer-winning-photo/ Part 2 – http://iowawatch.org/2016/05/23/iowawatch-connection-podcast-the-moment-of-rescue-reaction-to-winning-the-prize/

The Small Newspaper that Won a Big Pulitzer – aired July 29th-31st, 2016 For more a recording and more information: http://iowawatch.org/2016/08/01/podcast-full-interview-with-pulitzer-prize-winner-michael-gartner/


Profiles in Iowa Journalism – aired on IPTV and IPTV World from December 18th to 31st, 2016

This TV program included three pre-recorded short interview videos with a live panel discussion featuring Iowa journalists and photojournalists. The videos focused on Iowa and Pulitzer Prize-related journalism connections, including Michael Gartner and the Ames Daily Tribune editorial, Mary Chind-Willie and photography, and Jane Schorer Meisner’s story with a rape victim. The following panel discussion incorporated more Iowan journalists and editors. The discussion centered on the inspiration and experience behind the prize-winning work and the panel explored many more questions pertaining to modern journalism and the work behind winning a Pulitzer.


  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (IowaWatch)
  • Iowa Public Television (IPTV)


  • Throughout Iowa

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