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...]