Archives for March 2010

Media Moves

Idaho Falls/Pocatello  Market

Sports director Brad Shellgren took a job in Fort Myers, Florida.

Chris Huston, news director, is a new arrival from KFDX in Wichita Falls, Texas. Chris is in his 21st year as a news director, and 31st in broadcast journalism.  Family, friends, and lifestyle bring him to Idaho Falls.

Reporter Megan Boatwright left in January and returned to Florida where her family lives.   Brett Crandall replaced her … [Read more...]

Oh BOI! KBCI has new call letters, set and graphics

By Natalie Hurst

Talk about a new look for spring. KBCI has changed its call letters to KBOI and picked up a new set and graphics to accompany the change. It marks a return to the station's original call letters, back in the 1970s, along with its partnership with KBOI Radio.

"I feel the set and graphics reflect our KBOI 2News commitment to covering the news, weather and sports in our community thoroughly and aggressively for the viewer," said News Director Julie Weindel.

Weindel said the set was in planning … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC: Nick Draper

Interview by Melissa McGrath

Meet Nick Draper. He moved to Idaho Falls shortly after graduating from Missouri Western State University in 2006 to cover the state Legislature for the Idaho Falls Post-Register. Draper, 26, is now one of the newest members of the Idaho Press Club state board of directors, serving as the print representative since spring 2009.  Here’s a little more about Draper.

Hometown: West Plains, Mo.

Previous work experience: Worked part-time in the sports department at the St. Joseph … [Read more...]

President’s Column

Statehouse reporting, the 1st Amendment and more…

By Betsy Russell

For almost two years, I've served as the head of a rather obscure group, the Capitol Correspondents Association. It's not a club. It's the credentialing entity for Statehouse reporters created by the Legislature in Joint Rule 14 of the House and the Senate.

Why would the Legislature designate a group of reporters to credential reporters? As former Times-News publisher and current state Rep. Steve Hartgen pointed out eloquently in a recent … [Read more...]

Awards Banquet: It’s time to celebrate our good work

On Saturday, April 17, Press Club members from throughout Idaho will gather for our Best of 2009 Annual Awards Banquet, for a chance to celebrate what we do - with humor, camaraderie, good food and drink and well-deserved accolades.

This is one of the basic ways the Idaho Press Club works to improve journalism in Idaho, through recognition of excellence in our annual journalism contest. Whether you're winning an award or not, please join us. In this stormy time in our industry, we all need a night of celebrating what we do … [Read more...]

‘Legislature Live’ brings session to all

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

Idahoans have several new ways to keep track of what’s happening at the Statehouse. As part of a collaborative effort with the Idaho Department of Administration and the Legislative Services Office, Idaho Public Television expanded the services offered by IDAHO LEGISLATURE LIVE.  Those services include over-the-air and cable broadcast of House, Senate proceedings, video streaming of the Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee (JFAC) meetings and hearings in the new 220 seat Capitol Auditorium and … [Read more...]

Evening News: Is 9 p.m. the new 10?

By Natalie Hurst

It's 8:58 pm. For the past four years at this time, I've usually been going through my 10 p.m. scripts and reviewing the lead reporter's top story before her live shot. But tonight, like any Monday-Friday in my new lifestyle, I'm instead listening to the theme song for "Emergency!" and 90 seconds away from a new show open: the 9 p.m. news on KBCI's second channel, RetroTV (KYUU).

What's happened? Has 9 become the new 10?

"It's not an age group, it's more a lifestyle that we're … [Read more...]

From Internet law to infusing meaning in news

By Shea Andersen
Although it was a beautiful Saturday, journalists and media professionals crowded inside a U.S. Bank building conference room for the 2009 Fall Conference, organized by the Southwest Chapter of the Idaho Press Club.

The theme of this year's conference was "Back to Basics." Instead of wringing their hands over the fate of the industry, reporters and editors learned about pertinent media law in the Internet age and heard from newsmakers about what it's like to be on their side of the microphone.
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President’s Column

Glimmers of hope in tough times
By Betsy Russell

When I asked our lead presenter at the recent Fall Conference how things were going at his paper, The Oregonian, I was startled by the answer: They're cutting 70 positions in the newsroom. I shouldn't have been startled. This, of course, is what's going on in our industry right now. My own paper is cutting three more newsroom positions right now, and we're all getting another week's furlough on top of the earlier furlough week and the pay cuts. The Statesman laid off its … [Read more...]

Judge seals warrant documents in Manwill case

By Kevin Richert

An Ada County magistrate judge has refused to release a search warrant in the Robert Manwill murder case -- saying the document would compromise the defendants' right to a fair trial in the high-profile case. The Idaho Statesman has pressed for the release of the warrant. The following editorial appeared in the Sept. 25 Statesman:

The Robert Manwill disappearance became big news - and the Boise Police Department did nothing to discourage it.

The police held frequent and excruciatingly … [Read more...]

Remembering Idaho newsman Chuck Oxley

By Shea Andersen

More than 100 people gathered in Boise's Municipal Park in early October to celebrate the life of Chuck Oxley, an Idaho newsman who died in a car accident on October 3. He was 46.

Oxley, like many reporters, worked for several news organizations in Idaho, and made an impression on most of those with whom he worked. At the memorial, several reporters and editors spoke about his good humor, his idealism and his dedication to the craft.

Oxley had made a rare transition back into news … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC: Elizabeth Duncan

By Shea Andersen

You might expect public radio to be the last place for a television news personality to land. And Elizabeth Duncan might agree with you. But Duncan, the News Director for Boise State Radio, seems right at home in the station's rabbit warren of desks and recording equipment. She's determined to pep up the station's reporting and presentation, and eagerly awaits the planned move to new offices off the main campus.

Duncan, 45 and the newest member of the state board for the Idaho Press Club, has … [Read more...]

Media Moves


Nick McMullin has been promoted from studio cameras operator to morning editor.   Kim Fields joins KTVB as weekend anchor / reporter from WTVC in Chattanooga, TN.  Nishi Gupta joins KTVB as a reporter from WHOI in Peoria, IL.   Kaycee Murray, Nick Gamb and Jay Howell are no longer with the station.


Alana Brophy is the new weekend weather / reporter from KCSG-TV in St. George, UT.  Jen Wahl joins KBCI as a reporter from Arizona State … [Read more...]

It requires real reporting

By Marc Johnson

As a very, very green – green as in no experience – aspiring journalist many years ago, I now know how fortunate I was to have the opportunity to endure a few months of sheer terror working under the knowing influence of a truly accomplished city editor.  At an impressionable age, those few weeks of education at the hands of an exacting news veteran have had a marked impact on all the years of my professional life.

My early mentor, at least as I remember him, always had a pencil stuck behind … [Read more...]