Non-compete clauses raise big issues for broadcast journalists

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

What if moving to a new job meant you couldn"™t work for six months "“ or five years? That"™s the reality for many broadcast journalists.
Beth Saboe starts work well before most of us are out of bed, as a morning anchor and a producer/ reporter in Bozeman, Mont. Her day starts at about 3 a.m. and she generally finishes in the late afternoon- long hours, but Saboe loves what she does. She"™s a Montana native and wants to work in her home state.

When she started her first job, she made less than … [Read more...]

Reporters discuss their experience covering Duncan death penalty case

By Bethann Stewart

Joseph Duncan's appalling crimes made him one of Idaho's most notorious criminals, and three reporters who covered his federal death penalty sentencing hearing spoke publicly for the first time at a recent Idaho Press Club forum about the professional and personal challenges they had faced.

"As a 32-year-old crime reporter, you don't think you have any innocence left to lose, " said Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press. "This case was so singular in its horrendousness ... that it was hard to … [Read more...]

Media strands meld in new information age

Newsrooms try to adapt By Melissa McGrath

If you're a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa, you no longer have to worry about fighting traffic to make it back to the newsroom and post that breaking news story -- or the photos to go along with it. Every reporter has been equipped with a laptop computer, digital camera, digital audio recorder and microphone so they can write, photograph and transmit on the spot.

It is all a part of the Press-Tribune becoming a 24/7 newsroom that is trying to keep up with … [Read more...]

Idaho newspaper closes after 127 years in Blaine County

The Sun Valley area, which long has had two competing weekly newspapers, is losing one, as the Wood River Journal ceases publication with its Oct. 22 edition.

Express Publishing Inc. of Ketchum, publisher of the rival Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, has purchased the assets of the Wood River Journal. The Express will continue to publish twice a week; the Wood River Journal name will now go on what previously was called the “Valley” section of the Wednesday editions of the Express.

The Express also has … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC

Member profile: Don Day, KTVB

By Sydney Sallabanks

"We are in for nothing but change," said Don Day, when asked about the future of the news industry. Day is digital media producer at KTVB News Group, Boise's NBC affiliate. Apart from a brief stint in Seattle, he's been keeping the station at the forefront of digital media since he graduated from high school in 1999.

Day says he can't remember a time when he wasn't fascinated by the news process. Eager to get involved, he simultaneously ran a newspaper and … [Read more...]

Media Moves

The Statesman in September announced 15 layoffs, including six newsroom positions. Several other Statesman staffers have left in recent weeks. State government reporter Heath Druzin left to join Stars and Stripes in Germany. Feature writer Erin Ryan left to take a job with
Boise State University's communications department. Copy editor Vanessa Childers left to move back to her home in Ohio.

Major layoffs at The Spokesman-Review were announced on Oct. 1, … [Read more...]