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How We Build Ethical News Coverage At Iowa Public Radio

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While the 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, campaign season is already in full swing here in Iowa, with media coverage ramping up both locally and nationally. 

On this hour of River to River, we pull back the curtain on Iowa Public Radio's editorial policy to explain how we seek to provide ethical, balanced coverage during the lead up to major elections.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio News Director Michael Leland, Executive Producer for Talk Shows and Program Director Katherine Perkins, and IPR Executive Director Myrna Johnson for a frank conversation about ethical newsmaking. 

Later in the hour, NPR Public Editor Elizabeth Jensen joins the conversation to add a national perspective.

Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River