An Idaho reporter’s take on covering D.C.

Editor’s Note: Lewiston Tribune political reporter Bill Spence won the Idaho Press Club’s Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship this year, and used it to help offset some of the expenses of his 13-week reporting trip to the nation’s capital. In this article, he shares his experience. By William L. Spence of the Lewiston Tribune It seems like every time Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo come to the Statehouse to address their former colleagues, they gush about how much better things are here in Idaho compared to Washington, D.C. I … [Read more...]

On Assignment: Covering the Oregon standoff

By Rebecca Boone I first heard that protesters had taken over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon the way many of us did: On Twitter. My Christmas vacation was winding down just as the situation in Burns, Ore. was winding up, and as I tried to catch up on the local news that I’d missed while out of town, I kept running across references to a federal building takeover. Boise is the closest AP bureau to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and so I exchanged emails with AP’s news editors in Seattle and Portland on Jan. 2, … [Read more...]

Best of 2015 Awards Banquet Set to Honor Winners

By Deanna Darr Once again, we’re making plans for the annual banquet honoring the winners of the Best of 2015 Awards. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30, to join us for an evening of celebrating some of the best work created by Idaho journalists in the last year – plus a great excuse to let loose and catch up with your friends and colleagues. We’re returning to the Owyhee in downtown Boise for our once-a-year excuse to get dressed up. We’ll gather in the ballroom on the second floor beginning at 6 p.m. for a social hour … [Read more...]

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: Holding leaders accountable, fighting for public records, and planning a banquet….

By Betsy Russell This has been a busy time for the Idaho Press Club. Our Southwest Chapter has hosted two excellent and well-attended “Headliner” events, the first a breakfast gathering with Gov. Butch Otter and the second a luncheon with House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill. Both opened with brief remarks from our guests, followed by an on-the-record Q-and-A session with press club members. Both were highly newsy, and resulted in lots of information and insight into what’s going on in Idaho’s current … [Read more...]


New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to: TELEVISION KIDK/KIFI Misty Inglet is a new reporter in the Pocatello bureau; she arrives from Utah State University. KPVI New meteorologist/reporter Paul Beam joins the staff, from Rutgers University. KMVT New reporter Courtney Salmon comes from Paurumpt, Nev. New reporter. Nicole Baker comes from KOCO in Oklahoma City, where she was a … [Read more...]

Contest is open; time to enter your best work

The Idaho Press Club Best of 2015 Annual Awards is now open. News organizations can enter online at Find step-by-step instructions on how to enter, as well as contest categories, at This year, the contest features a new podcast category in the Online/Multimedia Division, as well as an updated magazine photo category. Contest fees are $20 per entry for professional members and $45 per entry for non-members. Student fees are $15 for members and $30 for non-members. It’s not too late to join the … [Read more...]

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: Report your public records problems

By Betsy Russell Although our current public records law provides no official place to turn other than going to court when a requester feels a request has been wrongly denied – or excessive fees have been charged, or other issues arise – there is another option now: Gov. Butch Otter’s public records ombudsman, Cally Younger. Younger is collecting information on public records issues in Idaho, not only at the state agency level, but also at the local government level. She’s convened a stakeholders group that includes city and … [Read more...]

Idaho Press Club announces 2016 pre-legislative social

What: Idaho Press Club’s pre-legislative social When: 5-8 p.m., Thursday Jan. 7 (following the AP Legislative Preview that morning) Where: Solid Grill and Bar, 405 S. 8th St., downtown Boise Cost: Free for Idaho Press Club members and guests Join the Press Club or renew your membership online today at By Clark Corbin Mark your calendars, because one of the Idaho Press Club’s most popular social events is right around the corner. The Southwest Chapter of … [Read more...]

Public records requests, fees at issue in reporting rape-kit testing story

By Scott McIntosh For several weeks, Idaho Press-Tribune reporter Ruth Brown worked on a story about the testing of rape kits in Canyon County. What she found out was that only about 10 percent of the rape kits — 12 out of 117 kits submitted — had been submitted to the state lab for testing in the past five years from the city of Nampa. Meanwhile, in Caldwell, the percentage was more like 54 percent, and the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office submitted 52 percent of its kits. Ruth set out to find out the reasons rape kits … [Read more...]

Records requests pricey at the University of Idaho

Editor’s note: This article is by the Murrow News Service, which provides local, regional and statewide stories reported and written by journalism students at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. It appeared in The Spokesman-Review on Dec. 2 and is reprinted here. When Tom Blanchard wanted to learn more about controversial murals at the University of Idaho, he filed a public records request. The university responded that the records were available. But first, Blanchard would have to pay a … [Read more...]

Changes made at BSU radio after complaint

By Audrey Dutton Editor’s note: This article first appeared Dec. 15 in the Idaho Statesman; it is reprinted here. Two staff members at Boise State Public Radio complained to managers in February, citing concerns “that undue influence from Boise State University threatens to compromise our journalistic ethics.” Reporters Emilie Ritter Saunders and Adam Cotterell said the journalistic firewall between the newsroom and Boise State, which holds the broadcast license for the station, had “dangerously eroded” over four … [Read more...]

Apply for Don Watkins scholarships

By Joan Cartan-Hansen Have an idea for a special project, want to attend a conference or get some specialized training but can’t afford it?  The Idaho Press Club can help. Each year, the Idaho Press Club offers the Mid-Career Scholarship.  Any member of the Idaho Press Club can apply for $500 and use the funds for any training or project that will improve the working press in Idaho. This could include going to a conference you have wanted to attend or funding toward travel on that enterprise story you have been working on for … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC: Clark Corbin

Interviewed by Melissa Davlin Where were you born? Kansas City, Mo., home of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals! Where else have you worked? I started with the The Shawnee Dispatch and Bonner Springs Chieftain weekly newspapers in the Kansas City area, then moved to Idaho Falls and began working for the Post Register in 2006. Why have you stuck with journalism? I love it and I’m stubborn. There are other jobs out there, but I don’t know of any others that would have allowed me to cover the Legislature, dig … [Read more...]