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April 20, 2007

UI Unveils Website For Journalists Covering Caucuses, Presidential Election

The University of Iowa has developed a Web site to assist journalists covering the 2008 Iowa Caucuses and U.S. presidential election.

The UI's Election 2008 Website -- http://www.uiowa.edu/election -- features contact information for more than a dozen experts on the caucuses, politics, electronic voting, voter behavior, campaign issues and the venerable Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM), a web-based political futures markets where traders use real money to speculate on outcomes of presidential and congressional elections.

Maintained by the UI News Services Office (UNS), the site also includes updates on IEM trading prices for leading Democratic and Republican candidates, the results of election polls of Iowans by UI political science faculty, upcoming political events on or near the UI campus, summaries of national news stories featuring UI political experts, a history of the Iowa Caucuses, and information about arranging satellite uplinks for broadcast news outlets. Additionally, there's information for political campaigns interested in speaking or arranging political events on the UI campus.

Linda Kettner, associate director for public affairs and media relations in the UI Office of University Relations, said that Iowa's early caucuses -- tentatively scheduled for Jan. 14, 2008 -- make Iowa a hotbed of political coverage and already are drawing to the state dozens of potential and declared presidential candidates, and the journalists covering them.

"This has become a popular stop for presidential candidates," Kettner said. "We want the candidates' campaigns and the journalists covering them to be well-informed about the resources we can offer them."

The Election 2008 Web site will remain active at least through the 2008 presidential election. Additionally, UNS has available a limited supply of laminated, wallet-size cards with a list of political experts. For a copy of the card, or for more information, contact UNS Director Stephen Pradarelli at 319-384-0007, or stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu