Fall Conference is Oct. 14 – The story behind the stories…


By Audrey Dutton

Some of the best stories in journalism are the ones that make you wonder, “How’d they find out about that?” or “How’d they get that person to talk?”

This year, the Press Club’s Southwest Chapter brings you the story behind the stories, at the IPC’s annual fall professional development conference.

You’ll leave with tips for tackling sensitive topics, crafting a compelling narrative, dealing with “alternative news,” rising to the occasion when a local story goes national — and, of course, fact-finding and interviewing.

Our lineup includes Brian Holmes of KTVB, members of The Times-News team that covered the Fawnbrook case as it gained national attention, and more.

Special guest speaker is Alex Stuckey, a former Idaho reporter and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Stuckey’s team at the Salt Lake Tribune exposed how BYU and USU mishandled sexual assaults on their campuses. The Pulitzer judges called the work “a string of vivid reports revealing the perverse, punitive and cruel treatment given to sexual assault victims at Brigham Young University, one of Utah’s most powerful institutions.” (Read the stories here: http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/salt-lake-tribune-staff)

New this year: We’re having the event in the afternoon. When the conference ends, we’ll head over to Payette Brewing for beer, conversation and a bite from their food truck — join us!

When: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Oct. 14

Where: BSU Andrus Center, 301 S. Capitol Blvd. in Downtown Boise (entrance is on the corner, across from Trader Joe’s)

Cost: Free for Press Club members who pre-register at www.idahopressclub.org/events. Otherwise, cost is $10 at the door; $15 for non-members. No cost for students.

Questions? Email Southwest Chapter President Audrey Dutton at adutton@idahostatesman.com.