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Public Service: On the Thursday, January 8 episode of The Iowa Journal

January 6, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s edition of The Iowa Journal will take a look at President-Elect Obama’s call for increasing public service in America. This episode will air Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and IPTV HD. It will be rebroadcast on Friday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. on IPTV and at 7 p.m. on IPTV HD. The program, as well as additional interviews and information, will also be available online at Iptv.org.

President-elect Obama has plans for increasing public service in America, and they are big plans, involving dozens of existing agencies and budgeting for hundreds of billions of dollars. Will these plans include jobs and public improvements in Iowa? Will the price be too high?

Host Paul Yeager will discuss the current state of volunteerism and public service in Iowa with Adam Lounsbury, executive director of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Services, and Tim Borich, an associate professor at ISU's College of Design and ISU Extension who specializes in rural sociology and development.

Borich has design experience with small towns and knows how their economies of scale balance with their paid and unpaid civic duties. Lounsbury coordinates 25 different volunteer agencies, including AmeriCorps. The Commission's goal is to: "foster a bi-partisan state-level commitment to advancing service initiatives in the state and to support community service agencies that depend on volunteers to meet community needs, and make a difference in local communities."

The program includes a look at the new AmeriCorps NCCC residential facility in Vinton, Iowa, and their members' work on flood relief in Cedar Rapids.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call
(515) 242-3146.


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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. IPTV-Digital stations include: Channel 11.1, Des Moines; Channel 12.1, Iowa City; Channel 21.1, Fort Dodge; Channel 24.1, Mason City; Channel 27.1, Sioux City; Channel 32.1, Waterloo; Channel 32.1, Council Bluffs; Channel 36.1, Red Oak; Channel 36.1, Davenport.

For immediate release:
January 6, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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