MOLINE, ILLINOIS - Inspired by his attorney father and following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Justice Charles M. Waterman, who served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1898 to 1902, newly elected Justice Tom Waterman sits down to talk with Jim Mertens on "The Cities." The program will air on Thursday, July 7th at 6:30 pm and Sunday, July 10 at 5:30 pm.

Speaking about his appointment, Justice Waterman said "I was thrilled to land the position for the Quad Cities. We haven't had a resident justice here since Linda Neumann retired in 2003..." he went on to say "...It's important both for the court and for the Quad Cities to have a resident justice here again. It improves communications, and a lot of what our Supreme Court does is to administer the rules and the personnel in the judicial branch..." Justice Waterman said he was honored to have been appointed to the court and "After 9-11, like many American's, I felt an impulse to give back to the community." He feels strongly that this job fulfills that goal.

Host Jim Mertens asked if it bothered him how the court was politicized the way it was prior to the 2010 elections. Waterman responded "Well, it was a shock to the judicial system, and one thing I've seen now that I'm serving on the court is the backlog the new justices have inherited because the court was at barely over half strength for a number of months and very distracted before it.  It had never happened before, and normally the Supreme Court changes one justice at a time, normally through retirement. It never lost three and never had three new members join all at once. At the same time, that made the need all the greater and the opportunity to serve all the more important..." he went on to say "I think it's very important to our system of checks and balances that our court not get politicized, and two of the downsides to what happened are the risks that justices and judges will get intimidated and base a decision on what they think is popular rather than what the law requires."

Among his plans on the court, he wants more of Iowa's citizens to see how the court works." I hope to bring the court to Davenport within the next year or so. It provides the public with an opportunity to come to a local auditorium, see the court in action and one of my favorite parts of the job is the oral arguments," Waterman said.

Other innovations on the court, is the videotaping of arguments before the court. By archiving the cases, people can go to the Iowa Supreme Court website and be better informed about the cases before the court and their outcomes. Justice Waterman feels that it is the job of the justices to "protect the integrity of the system" and said that upcoming cases include civil, criminal and constitutional issues. To find out more about Justice Tom Waterman, tune in to WQPT Thursday at 6:30 pm.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

Governor Adds Twitter and Flickr to State Communications Toolbox  

CHICAGO - June 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today launched official Twitter and Flickr pages to provide Illinois residents with yet another way to access and communicate with state government. Governor Quinn's new social media sites will be regularly updated with the latest state news and videos, as well as the Governor's own tweets (marked as "-GOV"). The Governor will also use Twitter to seek feedback and ideas from people throughout Illinois.  

"Social media including Twitter and Flickr are the latest tools we have added to share news and information with the people of Illinois." Governor Quinn said. "We are continuing our work to make state government as open and accessible as possible, sharing updates and photos to further engage Illinois residents on the issues that impact them."  

This new use of social media is part of Governor Quinn's efforts to utilize technology as a way of making Illinois government more transparent and accountable. In 2009, Sunshine.Illinois.gov was launched to allow the public to see employee salaries, state contracts, inspection results, campaign finance disclosures and other important information.   

Earlier this month, Data.Illinois.gov was established as a searchable clearinghouse for state agencies to inform residents about the operation of state government and encourage the creative use of state information, including the development of applications for mobile devices that can be built around the data.

Last week Governor Quinn launched Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois, an application development competition. The competition, which will take place over the next six months, will allow developers to create applications using nearly 200 data sets that have been made available by the state of Illinois, Cook County and the city of Chicago. The competition features more than $50,000 in prizes and encourages developers to create innovative solutions to public policy issues and applications that can improve the lives of people everywhere. Data and information for the competition can be found at AppsforMetroChicago.com.

The public can follow Governor Quinn on Twitter at Twitter.com/GovernorQuinn and access photos from his time in public service at flickr.com/photos/GovernorPatQuinn.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to introduce their 2011 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors, an elite volunteer corps made up of college students.

The WQPT/PBS Ambassador program, in its seventh year, provides an opportunity for college students to represent their local public television station at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. "Ambassadors are an elite volunteer team that serves as an extension of the WQPT staff," said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator, Bea Brasel. This year the WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are:

Front Row: Michele Moreno-Black Hawk College
2nd Row: Karri Folks-Western Illinois University, Melissa Gravert-Western Illinois University
3rd Row: John Bosco Munyengabe-Black Hawk College, Kristi Phillipson-Black Hawk College, Irene Cruz-Northern Illinois University, Kelly Libberton-Western Illinois University, Onder Badur-Northern Illinois University
Not in Photo: Daniel Brasel-Illinois College & Shanen Norlin-Western Illinois University

"Our Ambassadors are an important part of our volunteer corps and many of them return to volunteer long after their college years end because they believe in the work that WQPT does in the community," said Ms. Brasel. WQPT is the public media service of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - Looking for something to do with the kids that doesn't cost anything? WQPT, the local PBS station will be bringing the much beloved Dr. Seuss character The Cat in the Hat to the Quad Cities. The Cat in the Hat will be greeting children at the Bettendorf Public Library on June 21

st from 1:30 to 3:00 pm and the Moline Public Library on June 23rd from 10 to 11:30 am.  The Cat will also appear at Blossoms at Butterworth on June 26th at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois between 12 and 5:00 pm.

"'The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That' is one of our newest programs and focuses on math and science. We know kids will enjoy spending some time with this very well known character," said Ana Kehoe, WQPT Educational Outreach Director.  At each of the appearance by The Cat in the Hat, children will be able to take part in games and activities. Admission to the venues is free.

For more information call 309-764-2400 or log on to wqpt.org. WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is happy to announce recent grants awarded to the station to help support equipment upgrades, membership acquisition and retention, and the station's literacy initiatives.

The Scott Regional Authority granted WQPT $20,000 for broadcast equipment. "With existing equipment being beyond its life expectancy, and with new technology moving towards an all IT-based environment, the timing of this grant couldn't be better," according to WQPT's General Manager, Rick Best.

The Riverboat Development Authority presented a challenge grant to the station in the amount of $15,000 to bring new members to the station and to encourage existing members to increase their contribution. WQPT is currently in their June membership drive and any new member's donation will be matched using this grant. "We're pleased that the RDA recognizes the importance of developing our member base," said Jamie Lange, WQPT's Chief Development Officer. "This grant will help us bring in new members that will support the station for years to come."

WQPT's First Book Club, which supplies books to low-literate and low-income families in the Quad Cities has received several grants. Among the grantors are: 3M Foundation - $500, Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club - $100, Rock Island Rotary Club Literacy Fund - $500, Junior Board of Rock Island - $400  and  Modern Woodmen of America - $1,500.  "The First Book Club has been in existence for 15 years and we currently distribute about 5,000 books per year through selected schools," said Ana Kehoe, Educational Outreach Director.  "These grants will allow us to maintain our current level of service to the schools." The station also provides hands-on workshops for students, teachers and parents to encourage students and families to be more involved in reading.

"All of these grants come at a crucial time for WQPT," according to Best. "Until space becomes available to move into a WIU facility, the station is incurring considerable additional costs for leased space and utilities. These grants help us maintain our programs during this time of transition."

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois.

 

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Marla Press, a 1979 graduate of Rock Island High School currently living in Houston, Texas, has recently published a book entitled "I'm a Dog, You're a Cat (Love Lessons From our Furry Friends)". She will be visiting the Quad Cities on April 5 to promote the book, which has been hailed as "a communications discovery that utilizes cat and dog analogies to shed light on -- and help improve -- personal relationships."

In a recent interview, Ms. Press explained the idea behind the book. "About 18 months ago, I stumbled upon the cosmic notion that people are inherently different at their very core; humans are hard-wired to be more like a feline or more like a canine," she said. "I wanted to share this idea with everyone I talked to and realized that the illustrations would be key to the book's success. I have long admired artist Jim Tweedy's work. In fact, I have three of his prints in my home. I approached Jim through his Houston gallery and he readily agreed to put his talent to work in my book. I was thrilled, to say the least!"


"Once people discover and define their inner dog or cat tendencies, they can learn many love lessons from their furry companions as they explore the intrinsic personality traits of cats and dogs," Ms. Press added. "I want to reach out to readers and have them share stories of the dogs and cats in their lives. Most people are in relationships or have dogs or cats. There are lessons to be learned by sharing our experiences with others." Although this is her first book, she hopes a series of others will follow based on reader-submitted stories.


According to Ms. Press, the book has taken on a life of its own. It has been featured in Houston Pet Talk Magazine, and Neiman Marcus department stores have been instrumental in promoting it in local markets throughout Texas. Ms. Press' "real job" is as a Regional Sales Director for Forward Management, LLC working with financial advisors throughout the mid-southern states.


The Quad City book signings will take place on Tuesday, April 5 from noon to 2 p.m. at Quad City Arts, 1715 - 2nd Avenue in Rock Island, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rock Island County Animal Care & Contol Shelter, 4001 78th Avenue in Moline, where a portion of the proceeds will go to QC PAWS (in support of the shelter). The book retails for $24.99 and is available only through her book signings or at www.imadogyoureacat.com.

WHEN: April 9, 2011

TIME: 1 - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Whistle Stop Java Shop, 400 4th St. W., Milan, IL 61264

WHAT: Donna Mander-Fiser, a resident of Milan, IL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Waiting for Pete to Go Home.

The first time I saw Pete, I thought he looked like a total fool. I was seventeen years old, out of high school, and working at my first job in Springfield, Illinois. Pete was a twenty-year-old college student, and he was thrashing about without any rhythm. It was obvious that he thought he was pretty cool. He was a total turn-off, but little did I know...we would fall in love. While Waiting for Pete to go Home, Donna Mander-Fiser experienced over a year of doubt and frustration. She treaded lonely and unfamiliar waters while caring for her husband in his dying days. She could never have imagined the unresponsive reaction of some friends and the fear of feeling single again. After Pete's death, Donna took comfort in memories of the life she and Pete shared by reminiscing about wedding anniversaries, family traditions, and Pete's fantastically told stories. Join first-time author Donna Mander-Fiser as she learns how to cope with illness, losing a loved one, and finally regaining her own life.

For more information, contact Jeff Fisher at 888-361-9473 or jfisher@tatepublishing.com

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The Associated Press Managing Editors, in partnership with the American Society of News Editors, is accepting nominations for the 10th annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership.

Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to 75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.

The awards go to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

This year, the awards are being sponsored by the Free Press, The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in newspaper content and in recruiting, developing and retaining journalists of color. The deadline to make a nomination is Monday, May 16.

Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference, Sept. 14-16 in Denver. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S. daily newspapers are eligible. A nominee's newspaper must participate in the American Society of News Editors' annual employment census.

The awards recognize achievement for the past 12 months or contributions over a number of years.

What are the criteria? The Diversity Leadership Awards honor an individual, a newsroom or a team of journalists for significant leadership in diversity through:

Recruitment: by providing opportunities for journalists of color to learn about news careers and to enter the newspaper industry in internships and full-time jobs.

Development: by offering opportunities for journalists of color to grow in their current roles and to receive mentoring and training to advance to positions of greater authority, responsibility or expertise.

Retention: by ensuring that journalists of color want to remain in the news industry by providing an inclusive work environment that offers opportunities to contribute and advance.

Content: by reflecting a diverse community accurately and in a way that demonstrates community and industry leadership. The definition of diversity in content includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious background, political bent and physical ability.

Nominations can be made by individuals, newspapers, professional organizations, schools of journalism and others.

Rules for entries: Send a letter (of no more than three pages) outlining specific information about the achievements and how they benefited the community, the industry and journalists of color. The letter should include the name of the person making the nomination and his/her signature and telephone number.

You may supplement an entry with electronic clips, but please send no more than four. Send copies no larger than 11 by 17 inches.

Send material by e-mail to:

Sally Jacobsen, SJacobsen@ap.org
The Associated Press
450 West 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10001

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business on Monday, May 16.

Nominations will be judged by a committee that includes representatives of APME, ASNE and UNITY: Journalists of Color.

Past winners of the McGruder awards:

2010 Randy Lovely, editor and vice president of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, and Bill Church, executive editor of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.

2009
Troy Turner, editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M.; and Karen Magnuson, editor of The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle

2008
John Bodette, executive editor of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times; and Charles Pittman, senior vice president for publishing at Schurz Communications

2007
Wanda Lloyd, executive editor, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser; and Joe Grimm, recruiting and development editor, Detroit Free Press

2006
Sharon Rosenhause, managing editor, Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and the Pacific Daily News on Guam

2005
Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and The Honolulu (Hawaii) Advertiser

2004
Bennie Ivory, executive editor and vice president for news at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.; and Susan Ihne, then executive editor, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times

2003
Charlotte Hall, then vice president/planning, Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.; and the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune

2002
Don Flores, executive vice president and editor, El Paso (Texas) Times; and Jim Strauss, publisher, Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune


WQPT: Monday, February 28, 9:30pm

Narrated by Theodore Bikel

(Montclair, NJ): While it is widely known that the Germans built seven death camps and many concentration camps and ghettos within Poland as part of their plan to annihilate the Jewish people during World War II, few are aware that the country is also lined with mass burial grounds of thousands of Jewish Holocaust victims. Most of these sites have never been identified, adding another layer of tragedy to the horrific genocide of the Jews. But today some elderly Poles, who were teenagers at the time of these slaughters, are sharing details about the mass murders. Witnesses to the massacres, these Polish individuals have never been able to erase the nightmares of their hidden memories.

Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland is a 27 minute documentary narrated by actor Theodore Bikel that relays a few of these stories as told to three individuals: Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich; Polish businessman Zbigniew Nizinski who spends his free time finding witnesses interested in sharing the stories of the atrocities they beheld; and NY businessman Harley Lippman, a member of the US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, who is determined to ensure that these Jewish mass graves are properly marked and respected.

Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland is a production of JEMGLO, a nonprofit multimedia company based in Montclair, NJ.

Director: Curt Fissel

Producer: Ellen Friedland

Executive Producer: Harley Lippman

Narrator: Theodore Bikel

BACKGROUND ABOUT JEMGLO:

Since the founding of JEM/GLO in December 1996, the nonprofit multimedia company has produced eight documentaries: three one-hour programs, three 40-minute productions, and three half-hour documentaries. The most recent program prior to Safeguarding Memory was entitled Delicious Peace Grows In A Ugandan Coffee Bean; narrated by actor Ed O'Neill of Modern Family, it is currently on the film festival circuit and has already won Best Short Documentary at the New Jersey International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Bronzeville Film Festival in Chicago. Additional film festivals where it has screened and is scheduled to screen as of the present time include : Santa Barbara International FF, Sedona International FF, Gasparilla International FF (Tampa), Cincinnati International FF, Breckenridge (Colorado) FF, United Nations Association FF (Palo Alto CA), VideoFest Dallas, and Peace On Earth FF. The other seven JEMGLO documentaries followed PBS routes. The previous JEMGLO documentary for which Safeguarding Memory's executive director Harley Lippman also served as executive director, A Torah Returns to Poland, was broadcast into more than 48% of PBS audiences. It was also the recipient of a silver Telly award and a Summit award. JEMGLO's Klezmer Musicians Travel "Home" to Krakow was presented as a pledge show and for regular programming on WNET/Channel 13 in New York and a number of other PBS stations; other JEMGLO productions also received significant airing on PBS stations across the US, at culture festivals worldwide, universities and other educational institutions in the US, at several foreign embassies and consulates, and at the United Nations.

The principals of JEM/GLO are director / cinematographer / editor Curt Fissel and producer / writer Ellen Friedland, who are also the principals of the corporate video company Voices & Visions Productions, Ltd. The chief photographer at NJN (NJ's PBS station) for 18 years, Curt has been involved in the production of dozens of documentaries. He has received Emmy nominations, a Cine Golden Eagle, and numerous journalism awards, and he has freelanced for stations such as YES Network, HBO, ABC Nightline, CBS, The Voice of America, CNN, and the Outdoor Life Network. Ellen began her career as an attorney, then became a print journalist. She continues to write stories for a number of publications, has had her poetry exhibited, and has been the recipient of an award from the NJ Press Association. Narrator Theodore Bikel is one of the most talented and versatile artists in the theater, film, and music worlds today. He was the original Captain Von Trapp on Broadway's The Sound of Music and has performed over 2,000 times as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.

DUBUQUE, Iowa - gIRLs In Real Life, a program that allows girls to explore various forms of popular media, will be held March 5.

The event is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and is funded through a grant by Mediacom.

The Women in the Arts program is open to girls in grades 3-5 and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Washington Middle School, 51 N. Grandview Ave., Dubuque. Cost of the program is $8 for Girl Scouts and $15 for other girls, which includes a Girl Scout membership fee for the 2011 membership year. Adults may attend for $3. All fees include lunch.

During the session, girls will participate in hands-on activities using various forms of popular media, including photography and video, to learn positive self-esteem using activities from the Dove Real Beauty Workshop for Girls. Girls also will have the chance to discuss how media images of girls may not be like girls in real life.

Girls attending gIRLs In Real Life also will have the opportunity to express themselves through different media to create positive images and videos of girls that will be shared with others.

Register online at GirlScoutsToday.com, call Angela Grunder at 563-583-9169 or send e-mail to AngelaG@GSEIWI.org. The deadline for registration is Feb. 25, or once 100 girls have registered for the event.

 

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