Western Iowa Journalism Foundation

place Breda, Iowa, USA
language https://www.westerniowajournalis…

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Mission

The Western Iowa Journalism Foundation's mission is to support community journalism that ensures long-term access to accurate local news and investigative reporting throughout western Iowa.

What We Do

The Western Iowa Journalism Foundation (WIJF) was established in August 2020 and classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity in February 2021. Our mission is to support community journalism that ensures long-term access to accurate local news and investigative reporting throughout western Iowa.

Our philanthropic endeavors have been designed to promote and protect democracy and meet the following objectives: Improve operational/financial efficiency of community newspapers, Articulate importance of maintaining a local news source, Assist with succession planning to keep local newspapers locally owned, Elevate underrepresented and diverse voices, Combat mis/disinformation with verified local news.

When newspapers cease operations, or significantly reduce their publication schedule, area residents lack a key source of education and verifiable information. Furthermore, even when newspapers stay in operation, but are forced to dramatically reduce staff, local independent reporting is still substantially impacted.

We strongly believe residents of western Iowa deserve professional community journalism that fosters a healthy democracy by holding government officials responsible for actions, reporting vital information on local issues, and providing a fair forum for debate. Therefore, our service area includes all counties west of Interstate 35 - which runs from the Missouri to Minnesota border in central Iowa. This area represents roughly half of the state of Iowa.

Staff

Becky V
Becky V.
Executive Director
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