President’s column: A reminder of the value of our public records laws

By Betsy Russell

 It's not every day that journalists from Angola, Costa Rica, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore and Tanzania are checking out Idaho’s state Capitol, meeting with student journalists at Boise State, stopping by Idaho Public Television and meeting with various Idahoans. But it happened in June, as the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program brought the group to Boise, after trips to Washington, D.C. and Tampa, Fla., and before a visit to Boston.

 They were part of a group … [Read more...]

Public radio launches new investigative podcast

By Tom Michael

As part of its work with the Mountain West News Bureau, Boise State Public Radio has launched LOCKED, a limited-series podcast about a transgender inmate who is suing the state of Idaho for sex reassignment surgery. 

It looks at the case of Adree Edmo, which is now being weighed before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If Edmo wins, she’ll be the first inmate to receive surgery through court order, and that could create ripple effects in prisons across the west and potentially the … [Read more...]

Spacial audio mixing: ‘The wave of the future’

Mid-Career Scholarship winner’s report: 360-degree video

By Troy Shreve

Editor’s note: The Idaho Press Club’s Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship awards $500 for an Idaho Press Club member to use for any training or project that will improve the working press in Idaho; the deadline to apply is Feb. 15 each year. This year’s winner, Troy Shreve of Idaho Public Television, shares what he learned.

A couple years ago at a strategic planning event for Idaho Public Television, I was part of a group … [Read more...]

IPC steps up training opportunities

Press Club spring training draws crowd; more in the works

The Idaho Press Club sponsored a full weekend of free training for our members the weekend of this year’s annual awards banquet, and both the Saturday and Sunday sessions April 27-28 were high-quality and well-attended.

On Saturday, we held the 2nd annual Institute for Journalists on Covering the Courts, in collaboration with Attorneys for Civic Education, the Idaho Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho and the … [Read more...]

Meet your Idaho Press Club board member

Jennifer Swindell, founder, CEO and managing editor at Idaho Education News

Jennifer Swindell has been an Idaho journalist for 30 years. She spent 20 years with the Idaho Statesman in a variety of writing and editing roles before becoming an information director for the Caldwell School District and then a communications director at Boise State University. While at Boise State, she launched her “big idea” to start Idaho Education News. Six years later, hosts thousands of page views a day and has seven … [Read more...]

Media Moves & Award News

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George Prentice joins the radio network as its full-time local host for Morning Edition, as previous host Matt Guilhem returns to California. Prentice has been with the station for decades, most recently as host of Weekend Edition on Saturday. He leaves his position as Editor of the Boise Weekly.
Sáša … [Read more...]

President’s column: Time to celebrate Idaho’s best journalism

By Betsy Russell

It’s time for the annual Idaho Press Club awards banquet! So make your reservations, get dressed up, and come out and celebrate. We all deserve it!

This  big event will be Saturday, April 27, at the Boise Centre East, fourth floor, starting with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m. The Boise Centre is located at 850 W. Front St. in the heart of downtown Boise.

This year’s menu includes: Rosemary and mustard marinated pork loin with Basque piperade; grilled … [Read more...]

Two high-quality training opportunities for Idaho journalists during our IPC banquet weekend…

By Melissa Davlin, IPC Vice President

In addition to this year's Idaho Press Club Best of 2018 Awards Banquet, the Idaho Press Club is proud to offer two days of training. Plan to attend one or both. These training sessions are free to attend, regardless of press club membership, but you do need to register in advance.

Covering the Courts: On Saturday, April 27th, from 8:30 to 3:30, we're partnering with Attorneys for Civic Education, the Idaho Supreme Court and the … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC

Brian Neudorff, Chief Meteorologist at KMVT

Interviewed by Rhonda Prast

Brian Neudorff has been the Chief Meteorologist at KMVT, a CBS affiliate in Twin Falls, since 2011. He joined the Idaho Press Club board in 2018. He graduated from Purdue University with a Meteorology degree and his first TV job was in Bismarck, North Dakota, at KFYR-TV in 2001. 
What started your interest in meteorology?
 I've always loved weather and the earth sciences - from geology to astronomy and meteorology. For … [Read more...]

Media Moves

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Christina Lords and Chadd Cripe have been named editor and assistant editor of the Idaho Statesman, respectively. Lords has been working for the Statesman since 2017, when she was hired as a breaking news editor and reporter. She has worked at other Idaho papers, including the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Post Register … [Read more...]

President’s column: It’s contest time – enter your best work!

By Betsy Russell

The Idaho Press Club’s annual excellence in journalism contest is now open for entries. Be sure to submit your best work from 2018 — you deserve the recognition!

We have updated and revised our rules, divisions and categories this year, to ensure we’re keeping up with our fast-changing industry. There are quite a few changes! Among them:

We’ll have a new PHOTO division, separate from the various publication divisions, taking in all still photography categories. It also includes a few new ones: … [Read more...]

Journalists across the state get active shooter training

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

Run. Hide. Fight.  That should be your mantra if you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation.  That’s the advice from Gary Oster, a retired Boise police officer and now a trainer specializing in business planning for active shooter incidents.  The Idaho State Broadcasters invited Oster to speak to journalists across the state. Oster says most incidents are over before the police can arrive, so it is up to each individual to be prepared. He suggests:

▪ Practice … [Read more...]

Former publisher of NY Times visits Idaho

By Tom Michael
On Friday October 26, Boise State University hosted a public conversation with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the former publisher of The New York Times. The event was held at the Taco Bell Arena, where he was interviewed on stage by former Boise State University president Bob Kustra. Sulzberger is part of the family that has run the "paper of record" for more than a century. He led the Times for 25 years until he retired in 2016, handing the reins to his son, A.G. Sulzberger.
The public discussion in … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC: Audrey Dutton, investigative journalist at the Idaho Statesman

Interviewed by Sydney Sallabanks

TWITTER PROFILE: “Investigative reporter for the Idaho Statesman. Data hoarder. Public records addict. Once filed a story while in labor.”

PRESS CLUB POSITION: President, Southwest Chapter; chapter representative to the state board

What got you interested in journalism in the first place?

I came to journalism later than a lot of people did. My first real gig was freelancing after college for an alt-weekly in Minneapolis. My day job at the time was in a … [Read more...]