Media Moves

RADIO BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO General Manager John Hess resigned from Boise State Public Radio on Dec. 8. Hess had been with the station for a decade. Boise State Dean of Extended Studies Mark Wheeler announced Dec. 16 that Peter Morrill, former longtime general manager at Idaho Public Television, will start Jan. 4 as interim general manager, while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement. 670 KBOI RADIO Jay Howell will be 670 KBOI’s statehouse reporter this year, covering the upcoming 2016 legislative session. A former … [Read more...]

Idaho Press Club Fall Conference set for Oct. 17 in Boise

When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17 (registration opens and Guru donuts and Flying M coffee will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m.) Where: Boise State University downtown facility, 301 Capitol Blvd., Boise, across from Trader Joe's What: Join us for our annual Fall Conference featuring hands-on clinics to help you get the most from data, as well as discussions about media literacy. Registration details: Free for current Press Club members, new members who join prior to registering for the fall conference and students. $15 … [Read more...]

President’s Column: A chance to learn about open meeting, public records laws

By Betsy Russell Everyone in Idaho – including reporters, public officials and citizens – should know about the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records law, what’s in them, and how to comply. That’s why Idahoans for Openness in Government (IDOG) has partnered with Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to put on lively, interactive seminars about these two important laws each year since 2004, all around the state. This year, the IDOG sessions are coming to the Treasure Valley. The first in this series of workshops … [Read more...]

Press Club writes to leadership about open meeting questions

Idaho Press Club President Betsy Russell and First Amendment Committee Chair Rebecca Boone, concerned about open meeting and notice questions involving the Legislature’s Tax Working Group, sent the following letter to House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill. The working group started as a small gathering of members of legislative leadership over the summer, and grew with each subsequent meeting. Then, the leaders asked the chairs of the House and Senate tax committees to each appoint five members from their house – but … [Read more...]

Contest time will be here soon; plan now to enter your best work!

It’s almost contest time! Now is the time to prepare to enter your best work in the Idaho Press Club’s “Best of 2015” contest, Idaho’s premier journalism contest. We will open the website for entries in early December.   Watch for a notice in your mail which will also indicate your membership renewal status and check our website often to see more details about the opening date. The deadline for entries this year will be Jan. 21, 2016. There will be no extensions, so please plan ahead! Entry is done entirely online; please start early, to … [Read more...]

Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship 2016; opportunities for mid-career and student applicants

Every year, the Idaho Press Club awards $2,000 or more in scholarships to working journalists and future journalists. It’s all a part of the Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship Program. We gather applications from across the state and award a $1,500 scholarship to one Idaho high school graduate who is currently enrolled in college, preparing for a career in journalism or communications. We also award a $500 Mid-Career Scholarship to any Press Club member who will use the money toward a project or professional development opportunity that … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC : Deb Kristensen

Deb Kristensen is an at-large member of the Idaho Press Club board. She is currently a partner at Givens Pursley specializing in media law. She was the third woman in the history of the Idaho State Bar to serve as its President and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2010, a Mountain States Super Lawyer and “Top 40 Women” Mountain States Super Lawyer. Deb was received the Women of the Year Award from the Idaho Business Review and the Idaho … [Read more...]


New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to: PRINT MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS Cary Wilton, a senior at Washington State University in winemaking, is the new half-time sports and weekend photographer at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. He replaces Nathan Howard, who left after graduating from WSU in journalism to tour Europe. TELEVISION Boise market IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION Brad Iverson-Long, formerly a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, has joined … [Read more...]

Public records and private companies: Tips for requesting records from government contractors

By Rebecca Boone In Idaho, it’s not supposed to matter who holds government records. The law is clear: A public record is public, regardless of whether it’s in the hands of a government agency or a private company hired to do government work. Idaho Code 74-102 (13) states, “A public agency or independent public body corporate and politic shall not prevent the examination or copying of a public record by contracting with a nongovernmental body to perform any of its duties or functions.” But getting access to those privately … [Read more...]

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN – Celebrating successes, charting course in changing times…

 By Betsy Russell This year’s Idaho Press Club awards banquet was a smashing success, drawing 165 people to a new venue, “Kindness” in the newly renovated Owyhee Plaza. With great food, great music – thanks to our own journalist/musician Kevin Richert – a great venue, great people and great work to celebrate, it was the right way to toast the Best of 2014. We liked it enough that we’ve already scheduled next year’s awards banquet for the same venue; plan on it for April 30, 2016, when we’ll celebrate the Best of 2015 in Idaho … [Read more...]

Post Company in talks to sell newspapers

NOTE:  This article first appeared in the Idaho Falls Post Register on July 30, 2015 By AUBREY WIEBER The Post Co. is negotiating a deal to sell the businesses and all its assets. President Jerry Brady informed the employees of the possible sale by email Wednesday afternoon. In the email, Brady said the move to sell was spurred by a need for additional resources that a larger company could provide. He felt selling the company, which publishes the Post Register, Jefferson Star, Shelley Pioneer and Challis … [Read more...]

Mid-Career scholarship winner – Communities on the edge: Water in the Magic Valley

Editor’s Note: Stephen Reiss is the winner of this year’s Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship from the Idaho Press Club, which he is using to help defray the expenses for a long-form enterprise photo story based around specific aspects of water in the Magic Valley. The project will include a multimedia collage of images, sound and video that will be the culmination of the thematic photo essay. Here, Reiss shares what he’s learning as he works on the project. By Stephen Reiss Idaho’s Magic Valley gets its name from a … [Read more...]

Party resolution to relax Sunshine Law lands with a thud

By Betsy Russell NOTE: This article first appeared in The Spokesman-Review. BOISE - Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is less than enthusiastic about a resolution passed by the Idaho Republican Party central committee at its summer meeting in June calling for loosening campaign finance reporting requirements under Idaho’s Sunshine Law. “If they ask my advice, I would say leave it alone,” Denney said. “I’d like to see more transparency. I’d like to know where all the money comes from.” The state GOP passed … [Read more...]