Celebrate the law

On Wednesday, March 18, at noon in the 4th floor Capitol rotunda, all are invited to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Idaho Public Records Law; cake will be served. This event is part of our state observation of Sunshine Week, celebrating open government nationwide. As we celebrate, we also look ahead to strengthening and improving the law for the century ahead, including legislation this year to make the law more prominent as part of a new title of Idaho state law that compiles and highlights our statutes on “Transparent and Ethical … [Read more...]

It was 25 years ago… Idaho public records law celebrates 25th anniversary

By Betsy Russell Twenty-five years ago this year, the Idaho Legislature passed the Idaho Public Records Act and it was signed into law by Gov. Cecil Andrus. This year, we are celebrating a quarter-century of our state’s having a comprehensive public records act on the books, declaring unequivocally that “every person has a right to examine and take a copy of any public record of this state and there is a presumption that all public records in Idaho are open at all reasonable times for inspection except as otherwise expressly … [Read more...]

Best of 2014 Awards Banquet Celebrating the talent of our members

By Deanna Darr It’s time once again to start polishing your dress shoes in anticipation of honoring the very best of the past year in journalism at the annual Idaho Press Club Best of 2014 Awards banquet. This year the party will be on Saturday, April 25, and we’re shaking things up by heading to the newly restored Owyhee in downtown Boise for our once-a-year excuse to get dressed up. We’ll be taking over the ballroom in the former hotel beginning at 6 p.m. for a social hour featuring not only a no-host bar, but the musical … [Read more...]

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Fighting the good fight to keep public records open

 By Betsy Russell It’s been a busy season on the public records front. We have some good news to report, and some things that are still in flux On the good side:  The Idaho media’s joint efforts to fight secrecy and sealing of both documents and proceedings in the St. Alphonsus vs. St. Luke’s anti-trust case were largely successful. Charles Brown, the Lewiston attorney who represented the Idaho Statesman, the Press Club and other Idaho media in the case, said, “When we first made the motions, we did so at a time when the Court … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC: Emilie Ritter Saunders

Emilie Ritter Saunders has lived in Boise since 2011, when she was hired by NPR's StateImpact. In 2014, she joined the Idaho Press Club state board, on which she currently serves as secretary. Saunders, a Montana native, has worked in both television and radio, and recently shared her perspective on social media, storytelling and the future of journalism. Where were you born?  Great Falls, Mont. Raised in Missoula, Mont. Where have you worked? I started working for my local public radio station, Montana Public Radio, during college. I … [Read more...]

Media Moves

TELEVISION Boise KTVB-TV Digital content producer Lindsey Lankford has left for a position with theUniversity of Cincinnati; producer Char Jackson left to join Blue Cross of Idaho. Producer Anna Daly was promoted to a position as digital sales specialist. Joining the staff are digital content producer Sean Deter; producer Edina Macic, who comes from Wild 101; and photographer Mary Kienzle, who comes from KBOI-2. Other new additions are sports anchor and reporter Will Hall , who arrived from WOI/Des Moines; and reporterDean … [Read more...]