The attention of the nation has turned toward Iowa Falls in recent weeks as local resident Zalmay Niazy’s story has been shared far and wide in newspapers, on TV shows and over the internet.
Two years ago I started a document on my computer that I called “Things I wish people knew about journalists.” I added to it from time to time – mostly when I had discussions with people about how the Times Citizen newsroom operates, or when I was frustrated about a reader’s criticism of my work.
Last month I attended a meeting where the topic of communication came up again and again. The Iowa Falls School Board, members of the district’s Facilities Study Committee and the public gathered to talk about a bond referendum that would have raised taxes to build a new elementary school. T…
Americans' trust in media has eroded – especially among conservatives – and the Times Citizen wants to understand why. But we need your help.
I’ve spent some time in the last week thinking about this time last year. If my social media newsfeed is any indication, I’m not the only one. The novel coronavirus pandemic had arrived in Iowa, schools and businesses were closing, and most of us were doing our best to stay home, uncertain a…
A couple of months ago a person on the Times Citizen’s Facebook page, incensed that we pushed back against his use of the term “Chinese virus” in reference to the novel coronavirus, lashed out at the newspaper.
Last week, when I was putting my son to bed, he got chatty, as children do when they’re being coaxed into doing something they don’t want to do. A few days into fourth grade, he was finally ready to talk about it (after days of me prodding him with questions about his teacher, his classmates…
I’ve noticed a recurring theme among the boards and councils that I cover as part of my job at the Times Citizen.
It has become difficult to tell whether new interests are organic, or they’ve been influenced by the state of the world.
The people have a right to know.
Two months ago I pledged to our readers – to our community, really – that no matter what happened with the coronavirus pandemic, the Times Citizen would be here for you.
Three weeks ago I asked Times Citizen readers to share their good news.