Meet Your IPC: Rhonda Prast

Rhonda Prast is the executive editor of the Idaho Statesman and a board member of the Idaho Press Club. Born in Indiana, she grew up in Phoenix.  She did not consider a career in journalism until midway through college, switching from an advertising design major to photojournalism. She has worked for seven news organizations across the country in her career.  She developed iPad apps as a Magazine faculty professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and led a team to create a sports app at the Kansas City Star.  She answered 10 … [Read more...]


BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO Gemma Gaudette, on-air host of Idaho Matters on Boise State Public Radio, comes on board from the University of Idaho. Richard Copeland, senior producer of Idaho Matters on Boise State Public Radio, joins the staff from WITF, a public media organization in central Pennsylvania. Summer interns are Will Reid of Yale University and Blake Simony of Boise State. EAST IDAHO NEWS Rett Nelson has been promoted to an editor/reporter. The publication also recently learned that has won a National … [Read more...]

A very successful conference on covering the courts; we’re hoping to do it again next year…

President’s Column By Betsy Z. Russell The Idaho Press Club recently partnered with Attorneys for Civic Education, the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Court to put on a journalists’ institute on covering the courts – and it was both well-attended and highly successful. The one-day conference held at the Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center drew more than two dozen attendees from across the state, including TV and print reporters and editors from Moscow, Lewiston, … [Read more...]

Thinking of online readers as more than ‘clicks’

Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship report NOTE: The Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship allows an Idaho journalist to receive $500 toward professional development or a reporting project – on the condition that they share the results with the Idaho Press Club membership. Here’s a report from one of our winners, Alison Smith of the Times-News. Our next issue will include a report from winner Ben Olson of the Sandpoint Reader. By Alison Smith In October, I was lucky enough to be accepted to the Poynter Leadership Academy in … [Read more...]

Adams Publishing Group buys newspapers in Idaho

By the Idaho Press-Tribune Staff The Pioneer News Group Co., parent company of the Idaho Press-Tribune, has sold its media division assets to family-owned Adams Publishing Group. The sale included 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah, along with a commercial print facility. In the Treasure Valley, in addition to the Idaho Press-Tribune, the sale included the Meridian Press, the Kuna Melba News and the Emmett Messenger Index. In Idaho, the Idaho State-Journal in Pocatello is included in … [Read more...]


PRINT Andy Pennington has been named the new publisher of the Anchorage Daily News, a position he will start on March 4. Pennington currently is the publisher of the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, and also oversees other publications in the region owned by the Pioneer News Group, including the Idaho Falls Post Register; Pioneer News Group was sold to Adams Publishing Group in October. At the Post Register, Pennington replaced Roger Plothow, who had been Post Register publisher since 2002; Plothow was named the president of Adams … [Read more...]