Forest Service’s troubling new permit policy raises 1st Amendment concerns

By Bruce Reichert What if, every time you wanted to conduct an interview near, say, Bogus Basin or the Henry’s Fork, you first had to get a permit from the Forest Service? What if you wanted to do a story on the impact of wolves on elk in the national forest, but needed first to clear it with a public information officer who would charge you a fee? What if you wanted to do a story on the failure of trail maintenance in the wilderness, and that same public information officer said, “Sorry, that’s not the kind of story we think … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Busy time includes full array of Idaho Debates

By Betsy Z. Russell We have so much going on!! Including:

  • The Fall Conference on Oct. 18; don’t miss it! See full article in this issue from our Southwest Chapter president, Clark Corbin.
  • Working with the governor’s new public records ombudsman and an array of stakeholders on legislation to set up an intermediate level of appeal for public records request denials – short of having to go to court. Very, very important! This with the help of our pro bono lobbyist, Julie Hart, and our new First Amendment … [Read more...]

IPC Fall Conference set for Oct. 18 in Boise

Data, public records, and the future of journalism…

  • WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration, coffee and doughnuts          begin at 8:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Boise State downtown location, 301 Capitol Blvd., across from Trader Joes
  • REGISTRATION: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 for students, payable in     advance. Visit to register.
  • WHAT: Public records law with Cally Younger and Brian Kane; data … [Read more...]

Q&A with Cally Younger, Idaho’s new public records ombudsman

By Cynthia Sewell Gov. Butch Otter in April created a new position within his office to review how state agencies handle records requests and how Idaho's public record laws can be improved. Otter tapped staff attorney Cally Younger to become the state’s first public records ombudsman. Younger has already begun compiling concerns and complaints from individuals about agency policies, processes and decisions, and will report that information to the governor annually. In addition, she has sent a survey to all state agencies to … [Read more...]

Popkey on leaving journalism for political PR

Why’d he go? By Emilie Ritter Saunders On July 29, 2014 veteran Idaho political journalist Dan Popkey announced he was leaving a 30-year career with the Idaho Statesman to become the press secretary for Republican Congressman Raul Labrador. Boise State Public Radio called Labrador’s office to request an interview with Popkey to better understand why, at 55-years-old, he was ready to make a career … [Read more...]

Out of your comfort zone, magic happens…

Report from scholarship winner By Katherine Jones Photos by Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman Editor’s Note: Katherine Jones, a photographer for the Idaho Statesman, was this year’s winner of the Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship. Through this article, she shares her experience with Press Club members. The deadline to apply for the next scholarship is Feb. 15; details are at Earlier this spring, I wrote a story about a woman who did weeks- and months-long bike trips. She … [Read more...]


New faces in your newsroom or communication department? Let everyone know. Send your Media Moves to: PRINT MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS At the Daily News in Moscow, Hannah Shirley, a junior in the Department of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho, has been hired as a half-time news clerk. Her predecessor, Shanon Quinn, takes over the Education beat for the paper. Angela Kay, who recently worked in advertising sales management for Lee … [Read more...]

Boise State Public Radio moves into its new broadcast center

By Emilie Ritter Saunders After years of architectural and financial planning, Boise State Public Radio moved into its permanent broadcast facility this spring. Since 2011, the station had been operating from two locations, separated by two miles. Our news, engineering, and programming staff were in the Simplot Micron Technology Center in the heart of BSU’s campus. Our membership, development, marketing and administrative staff had already moved into the first floor of the Yanke Family Research Park on east Parkcenter … [Read more...]

President’s Column: When a public records request is denied…

By Betsy Russell Idaho Gov. Butch Otter surprised many in April when he signed an executive order creating an Idaho public records ombudsman’s office under his office – something many of us in the media had long been discussing and hoping to accomplish in Idaho. Initially, the ombudsman, Otter’s associate counsel Cally Younger, will be charged with collecting information and compiling concerns and complaints about state agencies’ compliance with Idaho laws requiring disclosure of public records, and working with the … [Read more...]

Best of 2013 Awards Banquet

Check out photos from the event online Remember way back in May when Idaho Press Club members came together to celebrate some of the best journalism and PR work from the previous year? Whether you remember the May 3 Best of 2013 event or it’s lost in a haze of post-awards celebration, you can relive it thanks to our first-ever photo gallery posted under the “Events” tab at Or, you could just click the link to view … [Read more...]

U of I Journalism school earns national accreditation

By John Hecht The School of Journalism and Mass Media (JAMM) at the University of Idaho was accredited unanimously in May by the national Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). It is the culmination of a quarter-century of on-and-off efforts shaping the program to meet the necessary national standards. The school combines applied training for media professions with a liberal arts approach to the study of mass media. It offers undergraduate degrees in advertising, broadcasting-digital … [Read more...]

Meet your IPC – Scott McIntosh

Interviewed by Joan Cartan-Hansen Interviewer’s intro: Scott McIntosh admits to being a little old-school. He graduated with bachelor’s degrees in newspaper journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and English textual studies from Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is a new member of the Idaho Press Club board, but he is not new to Idaho. He and his wife Nicola bought the Kuna Melba News in 2006 and became its publishers. He became the editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa in February 2014. Where … [Read more...]

Media Moves

TWIN FALLS TIMES-NEWS Nathan Brown is now covering state and local government for the Times-News. He replaces Kimberlee Kruesi, who is now the Associated Press statehouse reporter in Boise. Brown moved to Twin Falls from Middletown, N.Y., where he was a reporter at the Times Herald-Record. MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS Lots of changes at the Daily News. New reporter Michael-Shawn Dugar signed on from the Murrow School at Washington State University as reporter and Sunday layout editor. Murf Raquet retired as City/Opinion Editor … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Cities reform open meeting practices

By Betsy Russell In the fall, while traveling around southern and eastern Idaho for four IDOG open government seminars, I heard about some open meeting law problems in the city of Twin Falls. The Twin Falls Times-News reported on the problems and brought them to everyone’s attention, and the city initially took a defensive posture. I ended up filing an open meeting law complaint with the local prosecutor, but in the end, the city reformed its practices and the outcome was a good one – especially for citizens of Twin Falls and their access … [Read more...]