Want to learn about covering the Idaho Legislature?

By Clark Corbin

Covering the Legislature can be one of the best reporting assignments – but also one of the most intimidating. With the opening of the 2017 legislative session just weeks away, the Idaho Press Club wants to help local journalists and photographers learn the legislative ropes and build their confidence and skills.

At the Legislative Boot Camp, from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, veteran Statehouse reporters and a member of legislative leadership will help you:

  • Learn your way around the Statehouse.
  • Find agendas and track legislation.
  • Locate and look up bills once they’ve been introduced.
  • Understand the difference between committee work and floor votes.
  • Learn how to connect with local lawmakers for interviews.
  • Decode the frustrating and complex Statehouse lingo.
  • Understand the dress code and where reporters are and aren’t allowed to be.
  • Find out about becoming credentialed to cover the session and get your brown tag.
  • Answer all the questions you were too embarrassed to ask your news editor.

This event is brought to you by the Southwest Chapter of the Idaho Press Club

Who: Open to all Idaho reporters, editors, producers, camera operators, photographers and news directors.

What: Legislative Boot Camp

Where: Meet in the press corps office in the basement (garden level), Room EG 15, of the Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St.

When: 9 a.m., Tuesday Dec. 13.

Cost: Free. (If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Idaho Press Club online at www.idahopressclub.org.)

* House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa, has agreed to participate in this event and be available to answer reporters’ questions on-the-record for any legislative preview stories they may be working on.

Clark  Corbin is a reporter for Idaho Education News, and is a member of the Idaho Press Club board.