IowaPolitics.com Announces Sale to The Franklin Center

Monday, April 4th, 2011



Alexandria, VA — IowaPolitics.com announced today its acquisition by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a national nonprofit journalism organization.

“We are honored to be working with the terrific staff at IowaPolitics. Their dedication to uncovering the truth and keeping their elected officials accountable has made them a truly remarkable news organization,” said Jason Stverak, president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

As part of the Franklin Center, IowaPolitics will continue to provide regular coverage of the Iowa legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government, including agencies and other governmental entities, from the state capital of Des Moines.

As of Monday, April 4, the Franklin Center will begin handling all managerial duties for IowaPolitics, including reporters’ salaries, payment of business expenses and operation of the paid subscriber service and free web site. The Franklin Center will also manage the operations for the reporters, including providing access to the many editorial and technological services that the Franklin Center offers, as well as numerous training opportunities.

The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, which maintains news operations in more than 40 states, has purchased the IowaPolitics.com web site and companion online news service from WisPolitics Publishing of Madison, Wis. as part of its expansion into Iowa.

“IowaPolitics.com is in good hands. I’m confident from what I’ve seen at the Franklin Center’s Wisconsin operation that IowaPolitics.com will provide robust, independent coverage of news events,” said Jeff Mayers, president of WisPolitics Publishing. Mayers will no longer be connected to IowaPolitics.com.

Founded in January of 2009, the Franklin Center is a nonpartisan organization that believes that new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. The Franklin Center aims to educate, to advise, and to train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, unbiased, and responsible reporters well versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity

**Note – To set up an interview with Franklin Center President Jason Stverak please contact Meghan Tisinger at Meghan.Tisinger@FranklinCenterHQ.orgor 202-680-9023.

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