Archives for August 2011

MEDIA MOVES

TELEVISION Treasure Valley market

KBOI-TV

Adam Balinski, who comes from BYU, is a new weekend reporter. New morning reporter  Eric Avanier arrived from North Carolina.   Michael Calcagno left to return to family in Portland.

KIVI-TV 

Marie McGlynn-Peach is the new General Manager. Former general manager Bob Rosenthal is now director of  sales for Citadel.

Idaho Falls/ Pocatello Market

KPVI-TV

Diana Nguyen, a new reporter, arrived from   San … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC: John Hecht


Name: John Hecht

Press Club board position:  At-large rep, Idaho Press Club state board

Current occupation: Recently retired.

Last job: For the previous 15 years, I was a "natural resources technical writer/editor" at the Pacific Northwest Regional Office of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (just across the street from the Statesman), with collateral duties managing the Planning Library.  I primarily translated and edited government reports into … [Read more...]

New law makes first 100 pages of public records free

President's Column

By Betsy Russell

Last year, I was contacted by several reporters for various news organizations who were having trouble with public records requests to the city of Boise. Among them was Nishi Gupta of KTVB Channel 7, who was facing a surprising $547.36 labor charge for a public records request - an outlandishly high charge, and not one most news organizations could afford to pay these days.

Allen Derr and I met with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, along with his attorney and communications director, and … [Read more...]

Big changes coming in Boise TV news market

By Michael Deeds

A series of shake-ups in the Boise area TV market will actually bring more TV news reporting to the Treasure Valley. Here's a breakdown:

* Channel 12 is going independent in September.

Yes, KTRV — currently the Fox affiliate — officially will become a station without a network.

This doesn’t mean KTRV will produce less local news. KTRV, which is owned by privately held Block Communications, plans to pull itself up by its bootstraps, invest resources and add even more news programming. … [Read more...]

Lawyers go after online commenters

By Bill Manny

Newspapers are experimenting with crowd-sourcing, tapping the collective expertise of online readers to report news events, collect information or analyze complex data. Lawyers are looking for ways to tap our online readers for information, too. In the past several years, my paper, the Idaho Statesman has had about a half-dozen cases where lawyers filed subpoenas, or queried in advance of a subpoena, asking for the identity of an online commenter.

We’ve had cases of lawyers who want the identity of … [Read more...]