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TIMES-NEWS, Twin Falls

Business reporter Hannah Ashton is leaving to become a science writer for Oregon State University.
IDAHO PRESS, Nampa/Boise

Crime and courts reporter Alexandra Duggan left for a position at KTVB. … [Read more...]

Lots happening, and now is the time!

President’s Column

By Betsy Z. Russell

There is SO MUCH going on with the Idaho Press Club right now! It’s time to sign up for our first gala awards banquet since 2019 on April 30; don’t miss it! We are also just a week away from the deadline to register for our top-notch “Journalists Institute on Covering the Courts” the same day as the banquet; registration deadline for that also is April 20.

The courts training, for which we’ve teamed up with Attorneys for Civic Education and the University of … [Read more...]

A busy session for public records legislation

First Amendment Committee report

By Scott McIntosh

The 2022 Idaho legislative session was a surprisingly busy one for the Idaho Press Club.

In all, the Press Club, represented by our lobbyist, Ken Burgess, of Veritas Advisors, worked on seven pieces of legislation having to do with open government and public records. We worked with legislators to help make a couple of bills better, we helped to get a couple of bad bills quashed and we carried a bill that requires disclosure of phone numbers … [Read more...]

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Managing Editor Mike Patrick reports that Maureen Dolan will take over as managing editor, and Patrick will cut back to part-time, effective June 1. Patrick has been managing editor at the Press for more than 20 years. He will continue to write the paper's editorials and do some consulting while traveling and spending … [Read more...]

Register Now for the Best of 2021 Awards Banquet

By Deanna Darr

You have just one week left to register to attend the Best of 2021 Awards Banquet.

After two years on hold, we’ll be gathering on Saturday, April 30, to celebrate some of the best work of Idaho journalists in the last year. Get dressed up and enjoy a wonderful meal with your friends and colleagues as award winners claim their bragging rights.

We’re returning to the Boise Centre East in the heart of downtown Boise. We’ll gather in the ballroom on the fourth floor of the Boise Centre … [Read more...]

Burnout, stress, trauma for journalists – it’s real

President's Column

By Betsy Z. Russell

A key part of the Idaho Press Club’s mission is to promote excellence in journalism, and one way we work toward that is by providing professional training. I can’t say enough about the recent “Stress, Trauma and Self Care for Journalists” training that was organized by our training committee, chaired by Audrey Dutton, with the Dart Center for Trauma and Journalism.

The training, held on Jan. 6, drew more than two dozen Press Club members, and it was top-notch. We have another … [Read more...]

Registration now open for Media/Courts Training

By Melissa Davlin

The Idaho Press Club has teamed up with Attorneys for Civic Education and the University of Idaho College of Law for a free courts training for Idaho journalists, the latest installment of our multi-year Journalists’ Institute on Covering the Courts training series.

Registration is open for the day-long session, titled “Without Fear or Favor: Reporting on the Rule of Law and the Work of an Independent, Impartial Judiciary.” The training will take place at the University of Idaho College of Law … [Read more...]

Meet Your IPC

Benjamin "El Chupacabras" Reed

Benjamin is the Program Director, Spanish Language Brand Manager, and News Director for 99.1 La Perrona, LatinX and formerly La Patrona and La Fantástica 970. He also programs KYJJ Boardman, Oregon and KYOZ, Spokane, Washington (which covers northern Idaho). His only English job is with KART AM at night.

Interviewed by Joan Cartan-Hansen

Where were you born and where did you go to school?

I am an Idaho native, born in Boise, but have lived in North Dakota, Utah, Texas, … [Read more...]

IRE conference provides valuable tools and tips

Mid-Career grant recipient 2021

By Rachel Spacek

For years I watched my colleagues at other newspapers attend the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference. They came back with data experience, source building ideas and phone numbers from dozens of fellow reporters across the country. I was always either new at my newspaper or new in journalism and never had the chance to figure out how reporters got to take a week off work and fly to these conferences.

Thankfully, last year the Idaho Press Club’s Don … [Read more...]

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Idaho News 6 - KIVI Boise/KSAW Twin Falls
Isaiah Sharp is a new multimedia journalist at Idaho News 6 in Twin Falls. He is a graduate of Washington State University. On March 1, Dana Aplin will start as Executive Producer for Good Morning Idaho. She is coming from Fort Myers ,Florida's ABC and NBC affiliate. She is a graduate … [Read more...]

President’s Column: Trauma training for journalists, open-government training, and legislative preview all coming up

By Betsy Russell

We have three big events coming up the first week of January, and registration for two of them is open now (there’s no registration required for the third one, the legislative kickoff). You won’t want to miss them. Here they are:

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 2-4 p.m. MT, there will be a free online seminar on Idaho public records and open meetings law hosted by Idahoans for Openness in Government and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. It’s open to elected officials, government staff, reporters … [Read more...]

Annual Awards Contest now open for entries

The Idaho Press Club “Best of 2021” Annual Awards Contest is now open for entries! Go to and click on “Awards” for the full scoop, including categories and divisions, entry instructions and more. All entries take place online.

The deadline for contest entries this year is Jan. 21, but don’t wait until the last minute; you can enter right now and get it done (with one exception: General Excellence dates for the Publication Division will be announced on Jan. 15). This contest recognizes the best work in Idaho in … [Read more...]

IPC mid-career and student scholarship applications are now being accepted

Deadline is Feb. 15

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

Have a great idea for a story and no funds to get it to print or on the air? Need money for professional training?  Apply for the Idaho Press Club’s Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship.

The Mid-Career Scholarship awards $500 for any Idaho Press Club member to use for any training or project that will improve the working press in Idaho. The only catch: You must share what you learn with Press Club members through a discussion at a conference or an article in an … [Read more...]

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Dave Rosenthal is now Managing Editor of the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of public radio newsrooms led by Boise State Public Radio. Rosenthal guided other collaborations, including Side Effects Public Media and Great Lakes Today. Previously he worked for the Baltimore Sun, leading its investigative reporting unit. 

Mountain West News Bureau reporters Savannah Maher (New Mexico) and Amanda Peacher (formerly Idaho) left to join the … [Read more...]