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...]

MEDIA MOVES

 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...]

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...]

President’s Column: Some wins in our column for Sunshine Week

By Betsy Russell Happy Sunshine Week, everyone! That’s the week each March when, nationwide, we celebrate openness in government and access to public information. And here in Idaho, we’ve had some gains in that area, including a unanimous House vote – 70-0 – just yesterday in favor of expanding the Idaho Open Meeting Law. That bill, HB 273, would add boards, commissions or councils created by executive order to the law; it now heads to the Senate. … [Read more...]

Nate Silver’s coming to Boise; so’s APM’s Lizzie O’Leary

Coming up at Treefort By Frankie Barnhill Boise’s Treefort Music Fest (March 22-26) isn’t just about the music. This year, the festival will include some rockstar-caliber journalists sharing a behind-the-scenes look at their craft. Topping the Hackfort billing is a live taping of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast Friday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver will be joined on stage at the Egyptian Theatre by podcast host and producer Jody Avirgan, political reporters Clare Malone, Harry … [Read more...]

MEDIA MOVES

Ruth Brown, former reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune, has joined the Idaho Statesman in Boise as a reporter. Todd Dvorak, former director of communications for the Idaho Attorney General’s office and former Boise AP correspondent, is now the city editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. Jake Melder, former KIVI-TV reporter, has joined the Idaho Transportation Department as a public information specialist. … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Working toward cheaper, easier access to court records in Idaho

By Betsy Russell We were all pretty excited when Sara Thomas, the new administrative director of Idaho’s courts, told us at the Press Club’s Fall Conference this year that she believes folks should be allowed to take a picture of a court document with their phone, rather than pay $1 a page for a photocopy. But Thomas had to follow up after the conference with this caveat: While courts have no legal authority to charge you $1 a page for taking a picture of a court document with your phone, under current law, the elected county … [Read more...]

Fall conference draws crowd, offers sessions from public record requests to covering the courts

By Audrey Dutton More than 40 members of the Idaho Press Club gathered Oct. 8 in Downtown Boise for the annual fall conference, hosted by the Southwest chapter. News broke during the conference, when Sen. Mike Crapo pulled his endorsement of Donald Trump for president. But in true multitasking fashion, reporters and editors handled the breaking news while also managing to get in some training on a Saturday morning. Randy Schrader of IdahoEdNews.org and Bill Dentzer of the Idaho Statesman kicked off the conference by walking us … [Read more...]