President’s column: Contest, scholarships, and standing up for student journalists

By Betsy Russell

As winter arrives, we’re looking ahead to some Press Club landmarks on the calendar: Our annual journalism contest, for which entries will open in December; our annual Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship contest, with categories both for students and mid-career journalists, for which entries are due by Feb. 15; and the legislative session that starts in January, when our 1st Amendment Committee will swing into gear to advocate against legislative proposals that would shut down public access to our … [Read more...]

Ada County lawsuit: We sued. Now we wait.

By Melissa Davlin

On Nov. 6, the Idaho Press Club appeared in court for a second time to defend its challenge against Ada County for its unlawful public records practices, this time focusing on Ada County's motion to dismiss based on standing. At the hearing, 4th District Judge Deborah Bail announced in the courtroom she will soon make a ruling on both standing and the merits of the case.

In September, the Idaho Press Club filed the request for declaratory judgment after the county's repeated violations of public … [Read more...]

A unique fall training opportunity, IRE came to Boise

On a late September weekend, Boise State Public Radio hosted a training workshop by IRE, the Investigative Reporters & Editors. Earlier in the week, IRE had provided the radio team with “Total Newsroom Training,” a two-day intensive into data journalism led by Francisco Vara-Orta of Texas. The weekend workshop, however, was open to all Idaho journalists and 65 attended on that Saturday.

Vara-Orta began the day by introducing Mary Hudetz (AP New Mexico), Les Zaitz (Malhuer Enterprise) and Cynthia Sewell (Idaho Statesman), who … [Read more...]

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Catie Clark has joined the Idaho Business Review as a staff writer covering development and health care. Catie holds a Ph.D. in geology and had a successful career in that field before moving over to journalism a few years ago. She most recently worked in Eastern Idaho at the Blackfoot Morning News and Bingham County … [Read more...]