Tips for journalists on dealing with trauma

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A very successful conference on covering the courts; we’re hoping to do it again next year…

President’s Column By Betsy Z. Russell The Idaho Press Club recently partnered with Attorneys for Civic Education, the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Court to put on a journalists’ institute on covering the courts – and it was both well-attended and highly successful. The one-day conference held at the Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center drew more than two dozen attendees from across the state, including TV and print reporters and editors from Moscow, Lewiston, … [Read more...]

Thinking of online readers as more than ‘clicks’

Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship report NOTE: The Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship allows an Idaho journalist to receive $500 toward professional development or a reporting project – on the condition that they share the results with the Idaho Press Club membership. Here’s a report from one of our winners, Alison Smith of the Times-News. Our next issue will include a report from winner Ben Olson of the Sandpoint Reader. By Alison Smith In October, I was lucky enough to be accepted to the Poynter Leadership Academy in … [Read more...]

Adams Publishing Group buys newspapers in Idaho

By the Idaho Press-Tribune Staff The Pioneer News Group Co., parent company of the Idaho Press-Tribune, has sold its media division assets to family-owned Adams Publishing Group. The sale included 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah, along with a commercial print facility. In the Treasure Valley, in addition to the Idaho Press-Tribune, the sale included the Meridian Press, the Kuna Melba News and the Emmett Messenger Index. In Idaho, the Idaho State-Journal in Pocatello is included in … [Read more...]


PRINT Andy Pennington has been named the new publisher of the Anchorage Daily News, a position he will start on March 4. Pennington currently is the publisher of the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, and also oversees other publications in the region owned by the Pioneer News Group, including the Idaho Falls Post Register; Pioneer News Group was sold to Adams Publishing Group in October. At the Post Register, Pennington replaced Roger Plothow, who had been Post Register publisher since 2002; Plothow was named the president of Adams … [Read more...]

Fall Conference is Oct. 14 – The story behind the stories…

  By Audrey Dutton Some of the best stories in journalism are the ones that make you wonder, "How'd they find out about that?" or "How'd they get that person to talk?" This year, the Press Club's Southwest Chapter brings you the story behind the stories, at the IPC’s annual fall professional development conference. You'll leave with tips for tackling sensitive topics, crafting a compelling narrative, dealing with "alternative news," rising to the occasion when a local story goes national -- and, of course, fact-finding … [Read more...]

The rule of law and the role of the judiciary

Making our courts coverage better The rule of law and the role of the judiciary By Betsy Russell Those who attended last year’s Idaho Press Club fall conference had the opportunity to hear from former University of Idaho College of Law dean, and former Idaho Court of Appeals judge, Don Burnett, on the media’s role in shaping accurate public perceptions of the courts and their role in our American system of justice – something that’s widely misunderstood in our society today. Now, we are working with Burnett, Attorneys … [Read more...]


 KBOI/KYUU TV Journalist Sarah Jacobsen has joined KBOI/KYUU, from sister station KLEW in Lewiston.  MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS Kara McMurray was hired as a newsroom assistant at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Sept. 3. She previously worked as a reporter/photographer/editor at the Whitman County Gazette in Colfax, Wash. She is a 2014 graduate of the Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University and is studying online for a master's in communication management from USC-Annenberg. Taylor Nadauld has left the … [Read more...]

Idaho Public TV’s history a roller-coaster ride

The history of Idaho Public Television – the public TV network that consistently has the highest percentage of viewers among its state residents of any in the country – has been a story of ups and downs, in funding and programming, as politics, public information and public funding have intertwined over the years. Now that the network has passed its 50th birthday, Royce Williams, who as an Idaho Fish & Game employee in the early 1980s helped create “Outdoor Idaho” with Idaho PTV’s Peter Morrill, chronicles that history, in which varying … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC: Ryan Hawes

Interviewed by Scott McIntosh Ryan is the news director at KBOI2 News and is a member of the Idaho Press Club board. Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up? A: I was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. Q: How and why did you get into TV journalism? A: My parents were big fans of local news. As a young child, I watched it with them every day. I didn’t care so much for the news, but enjoyed the interaction between the people who delivered the news. Little did I know at the time, the relationship I watched the … [Read more...]

The history of Idaho Public Television: A roller-coaster ride of funding, programs

By Royce Williams For 50 years of Idaho Public Television’s existence, the network’s budget has been the best and the worst story, usually the result of the network’s somewhat schizophrenic relationship with the Legislature. Every budget is a river with funds rarely at flood stage but just as rarely at drought stage. IdahoPTV has experienced both. As a general rule, any organization sitting on the shore is ultimately measured by its reaction to funding levels. It is tougher when the organization has little or no control over the … [Read more...]

President’s Welcome

The Idaho Press Club is dedicated to improving the practice of journalism in Idaho. To that end, this website features resources for journalists, from how to object to a closed meeting to an Idaho Town Pronunciation Guide. You’ll also find press club news, contest entry information, how to apply for our scholarships and much more. The Idaho Press Club’s mission is to promote excellence in journalism, freedom of expression and freedom of information. … [Read more...]

Awards Banquet set for May 6 – join us!

Honoring the best in Idaho journalism By Deanna Darr It’s time to reserve your spot at the annual Best of 2016 Awards Banquet, where we’ll be honoring this year’s award winners. Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 6, to join the party celebrating some of the best work done by Idaho journalists in the last year. This year, we’re gathering at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., for our once-a-year excuse to get dressed up and celebrate. We’ll gather in the ballroom on the east side of the building – right … [Read more...]

Statesman sports editor resigns after 28 years with paper

By Mike Prater (NOTE: This article first appeared on Mike Prater’s Facebook page on April 3, and is reprinted here by permission) Words I thought I would never type ... Thirty-seven years after my high school yearbook said I would one day become sports editor at the Idaho Statesman, and nearly 28 years after taking a job at my dream newspaper in my beloved homestate, I have resigned. The decision was made last week and the emotions of the past six days have been off the charts. Even after a weekend getaway to the … [Read more...]