New non-profit news site launches in Boise

The Idaho Capital Sun launched in Idaho on March 31, as part of a States Newsroom network that includes non-profit news outlets in 20+ states across the country. According to the States Newsroom website, “States Newsroom has established a new, philanthropic business model that focuses on state politics and policy. Our model is different: It is entirely made possible by donors of all sizes and … we don’t run ads of any kind or accept corporate donations or underwriting.” The non-profit posts online all its donors of more than $500 since it became an independent 501(c)3 in 2019; they include individuals and foundations.

We asked Idaho Capital Sun editor Christina Lords to write about the new entry in Boise’s news market; here is her article.

By Christina Lords

Idahoans now have a new resource for online state politics news: the Idaho Capital Sun.

The Idaho Capital Sun will have a strong focus on government accountability, campaign finance, health care (including mental health), growth and affordable housing, legislative coverage, and other state and capital city political issues. We’ll also focus on some environmental reporting with hopes to expand that coverage with a full-time reporter in the future.

Our site, IdahoCapitalSun.com, will feature news stories from reporters with the Capital Sun and States Newsroom’s Washington, D.C., bureau, as well as commentary from editor Christina Lords and guest columnists. Our website is also where readers can sign up for our morning email newsletter, The Sunrise, as well as donate to our mission.

Launched March 31, the nonprofit online-only outlet represents the 21st U.S. state onboarded through our parent organization, States Newsroom. New Hampshire launched its own States Newsroom outlet about two weeks after Idaho, and there are also plans to expand into states such as Oregon this year. States Newsroom has other online outlets in the West, including in Montana, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada. We hope to be able to collaborate in the future on stories, especially relating to public land management and the environment, with our colleagues in these other Western newsrooms.

States Newsroom provides the initial startup funding to establish a team of experienced reporters through donations, grants, and philanthropic endeavors, while any donations made through the IdahoCapitalSun.com site go directly to supporting our Idaho operation. Donations will go toward expanding our staff, equipment purchases, and unexpected legal challenges, such as suing for access to public records that have been denied to us. Donations will also support freelance reporting, photography, and guest columnists.

The Idaho Capital Sun will not rely on advertising, paid subscriptions, or a paywall, and it offers its coverage to any other Idaho outlet for free with proper attribution.

Our team consists of editor-in-chief Christina Lords, senior reporter Audrey Dutton, reporter Clark Corbin, and reporter Kelcie Moseley-Morris.

Christina Lords comes to the Idaho Capital Sun after serving as editor of the Idaho Statesman for the last two years. She has also worked at the Idaho Press, the Post Register, and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, largely covering state and local government throughout her career.

Audrey Dutton joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues, and white-collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls.

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun, he covered every Idaho legislative session from 2011-2020 gavel-to-gavel, first for the Idaho Falls Post Register and most recently with Idaho Education News.

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered education, state politics, and local government across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

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