‘The urgency of inclusion in newsrooms’ Journalism amid pandemic and protests

By Tom Michael

The coronavirus pandemic and statewide stay-at-home orders this spring changed work life for many journalists. We had to come up with new ways to reach our sources, to upload to our broadcast channel and websites and to share with our audience. After Memorial Day, the nationwide vigils and protests following the killing of George Floyd further complicated the work of a remote and disparate workforce.

 Newsrooms had to pivot to meet new challenges. How do we safely cover street protests? How do … [Read more...]

Media Moves

New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to: email@idahopressclub.org


In March 2020 Troy Oppie joined Boise State Public Radio as a full-time reporter and weekend host. He had been a freelancer and a volunteer for the radio station in the years prior. He began his journalism career in television sports and news at local stations in Seattle, Missoula and Boise. He rejoined journalism this year … [Read more...]

President’s column

Register now for unique training opportunity for Idaho journalist

By Betsy Russell

 Idaho Press Club members — both professional journalists and students — have a unique opportunity to learn about covering the courts from some of the top folks in the field, from journalists to attorneys and federal and state judges. It’s our 3rd annual Journalists Institute on Covering the Courts, in cooperation with Attorneys for Civic Education, the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the U.S. … [Read more...]

Headliner event with Gov. Brad Little


RSVP by February 13 

You're invited to the Idaho Press Club Southwest Chapter's breakfast with Gov. Brad Little. He'll share his thoughts on the session and answer your questions on the record.

This event is always popular, and we have limited space, so reserve your spot early! We did sell out last year. Payment is required to attend, even for folks who don't eat breakfast. Register at http://www.idahopressclub.org/events

When: 7:30-9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19. Breakfast … [Read more...]

The Idaho Press Club offers two scholarships each year

Applications are due on February 15 of each year. The winner is announced at the Press Club’s annual awards banquet 

  •The Don Watkins Scholarship awards $1,500 to graduates of Idaho high schools who have completed at least one year of college and wish to pursue a career in journalism or communications. Full-time students majoring in journalism or working for a college or professional media outlet are eligible to apply. Click here for more details.

•The Mid-Career Scholarship awards $500 for any Idaho … [Read more...]

Mid-Career Scholarship winner report

 Going Behind the Scenes at the Idaho Governor's Cup

 by Audrey Dutton

I got a tip in 2018 to investigate spending by the Idaho Governor's Cup. The Idaho Statesman published the results of that reporting in a story that ran Jan. 3, 2019.

We found that over 10 years, the annual fundraiser cost $6.1 million to put on, while awarding just $2.1 million in scholarships. An interview with a regulatory expert also prompted a question about the event's purpose: Was it a political networking event, or was … [Read more...]

Media Moves

New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to email@idahopressclub.org


 The Coeur d'Alene Press welcomes back Bill Buley as assistant managing editor. For the past seven years, Buley was editor-in-chief of The Garden Island in Kauai. Prior to that, he was city editor at the CDA Press for 12 years.


Jill Hodson is a new morning producer; she’s a graduate of Utah … [Read more...]

President’s column: A significant win for public records in Idaho

By Betsy Russell

The Idaho Press Club has won a significant legal ruling in our lawsuit against Ada County, the state’s largest county, over its non-compliance with the Idaho Public Records Act.

We sued, with the support of numerous news organizations in Idaho, and we won. In a sharply worded 31-page ruling, 4th District Judge Deborah Bail found that the county “not only did not follow the Idaho Public Records Act, it acted as though a different Act had been enacted – a reverse image of Idaho … [Read more...]

What we learned from the records we got in the Ada County lawsuit

By Melissa Davlin

Judge Deborah Bail's decision in our lawsuit against Ada County over its illegal public records practices didn't just admonish the attorneys responsible for breaking Idaho's public records laws. It also ordered the county to turn over the unredacted documents the Idaho Press Club, Idaho Statesman and Idaho Education News had requested.

And now, because we sued on behalf of Press Club members, we are turning the documents over to you for reporting purposes, along with this summary of our findings … [Read more...]

The Best of 2019 Annual Awards Contest Time to enter your best work!

The Idaho Press Club’s annual excellence in journalism contest is now open for entries. Be sure to submit your best work from 2019 — you deserve the recognition!

Our contest is, in many ways, the heartbeat of the Idaho Press Club. It showcases the best work of Idaho journalists, in all media, large and small, all across the state. It bestows well-deserved recognition for fine work, allowing Idaho journalists to distinguish themselves as they build their careers and resumes. It includes categories for student journalists, periodicals … [Read more...]

Media Moves


While Idaho Reports host Melissa Davlin is on maternity leave, Gemma Gaudette of Boise State Public Radio's Idaho Matters will fill in for her at the anchor desk. Idaho Public Television associate producer Devon Downey will take over as lead producer of Idaho Reports for the 2020 legislative session, while producer Seth Ogilvie works on other projects.


Jessica Mullins, who previously was KTVB digital managing editor, has been promoted to … [Read more...]

President’s column: Contest, scholarships, and standing up for student journalists

By Betsy Russell

As winter arrives, we’re looking ahead to some Press Club landmarks on the calendar: Our annual journalism contest, for which entries will open in December; our annual Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship contest, with categories both for students and mid-career journalists, for which entries are due by Feb. 15; and the legislative session that starts in January, when our 1st Amendment Committee will swing into gear to advocate against legislative proposals that would shut down public access to our … [Read more...]

Ada County lawsuit: We sued. Now we wait.

By Melissa Davlin

On Nov. 6, the Idaho Press Club appeared in court for a second time to defend its challenge against Ada County for its unlawful public records practices, this time focusing on Ada County's motion to dismiss based on standing. At the hearing, 4th District Judge Deborah Bail announced in the courtroom she will soon make a ruling on both standing and the merits of the case.

In September, the Idaho Press Club filed the request for declaratory judgment after the county's repeated violations of public … [Read more...]

A unique fall training opportunity, IRE came to Boise

On a late September weekend, Boise State Public Radio hosted a training workshop by IRE, the Investigative Reporters & Editors. Earlier in the week, IRE had provided the radio team with “Total Newsroom Training,” a two-day intensive into data journalism led by Francisco Vara-Orta of Texas. The weekend workshop, however, was open to all Idaho journalists and 65 attended on that Saturday.

Vara-Orta began the day by introducing Mary Hudetz (AP New Mexico), Les Zaitz (Malhuer Enterprise) and Cynthia Sewell (Idaho Statesman), who … [Read more...]