Iowa Journalist Recognized as Region’s Best

The Iowa Journalist won top magazine awards with CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), the field’s highest recognition for communication in higher education.

  • Gold Award for Magazine Publishing Improvement
  • Silver Award Summer 2017 issue (Fake News)
  • Bronze Award Winter 2016 issue (Write Your Story)


The Daily Iowan editorial team won a number of awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association this year, placing 23 times, up from 14 in 2017.

The team placed second in General Excellence for overall performance against daily newspapers (under 10,000 circulation).

Writers, photographers, and designers won first place for best news story, sports photo, news feature photo, slideshow, newspaper website, feature page, use of graphics, and coverage of agriculture.

The team won second place in best sports photo, news feature photo, video, sports columnist, and sports section.

In third place, they received awards for best news feature (a story by the Iowa Journalist’s own Tessa Solomon), front page, and coverage of court and crime.

The Daily Iowan broadcast team won additional awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

DITV staff won second place in overall excellence. Students Becca Scadden, Cole Johnson, Christopher Cervantes, Mackenzy Cooper, and Noah Goudie won individual awards for their DITV work.

Additionally, Grace Pateras won first place in feature writing in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence awards for
Region 7. Her story about travels and experiences in Guatemala now advances to this fall’s national competition.

CLASS OF 2016-2017







Dance MarathonThe University of Iowa hosted its 24th annual Dance Marathon event earlier this year, breaking previous records by raising more than $3 million dollars for the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The 24-hour event was held in the Iowa Memorial Union and brought more than 2,000 people together, dancing through the night thanks to copious amounts of caffeine and energetic group leaders.

RAGBRAI READY: Iowa City to host bikers on way to finish line

IC Ragbrai LogoFor the second time in 46 years, the 2018 Register Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) will include an overnight stay in Iowa City.

This year’s route will begin on the western side of the state July 22 in rural Onawa. The weeklong event will end in Davenport, with dedicated riders covering more than 428 miles in just seven days.

ENOUGH: City High students lead walkout in response to Parkland shooting.

City High Protest
Photo courtesy of Zach Wahls

Following the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead, Iowa City high school students organized a peaceful walkout in protest of gun violence.

Students from all local high schools walked together toward downtown Iowa City and the golden dome on February 19. They stopped in the pedestrian mall, where local leaders passionately read aloud Parkland victim’s names through a megaphone to a crowd of hundreds.

The Iowa City Community School District released an immediate response to the walkout, which encouraged students to engage in peaceful protests given they notify the school and parents beforehand. The University of Iowa followed suit, promising to support all students who wish to express their opinions through peaceful political protests.

The walkout was one of the first school-wide protests to gain national attention, which ultimately helped facilitate a nationwide staged demonstration organized by current Parkland students. The national walkout took place on March 12, with more than 800 schools across the country participating.


inter recedes, students leave, and locals come out of the woodwork. Music lovers, foodies, outdoors enthusiasts, and art aficionados will have plenty to do this summer thanks to a wide variety of events offered by the Iowa City Summer of the Arts, sponsored by the University of Iowa, downtown district, and several local businesses. Some of the most anticipated events of the summer include:

Friday Night Concert Series

What: A weekly event on the pedestrian mall. Residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy free local entertainment, rain or shine.

When: May 18 through August 31 (Fridays from 6 to 9:30 p.m.)

Downtown Block Party

What: Downtown businesses will serve a variety food and drinks outside their entrances, promoting an open environment and laid-back atmosphere for local residents to enjoy. Sand volleyball is back!

When: June 23, 5-11 p.m.

Iowa Arts Festival

What: A free weekend-long community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork. The festival will also provide live music, ethnic food tastings, and a variety of other entertainment.

When: June 1-3 (all day)

Iowa City Jazz Festival

What: A three-day celebration of live jazz music capped off by fireworks over the Pentacrest lawn. The festival will feature four stages showcasing a variety of musicians that range from local ensembles to nationally recognized artists.

When: June 29 - July 1 (all day)

Iowa Soul Festival

What: A celebration of African-American food, dance, music, and art, designated to highlight the positive influences the African culture has had on Iowa City and Eastern Iowa.

When: August 2018