Idaho Press Club Fall Conference is this Saturday

By Katie Terhune

It’s easy to feel like we are all doing more with less these days – but don’t despair! The Southwest Chapter of the Idaho Press Club is here to help.

This year’s Fall Conference will showcase some awesome local and national journalists to talk about some of their best recent reporting and share their tips for how to take your own work to the next level.

Les Zaitz, of the Malheur Enterprise and newly-launched Salem Reporter, and Charlie Ornstein, senior editor at ProPublica, will headline the conference. They will talk about their collaboration on the  “A Sick System” series from this year, and offer tips how to produce outstanding investigative journalism in a small newsroom.

Melissa Davlin and Seth Ogilvie of Idaho Public Television will present on how to successfully fight public record denials, with examples form their own recent work – a critical tool for watchdog journalism.

Nicole Foy of the Idaho Press will present on her recent story about a Nampa man who was detained and repeatedly moved on an immigration hold without his family knowing where he was.

Taylor Munson, who graduated from Boise State this year, will talk about her coverage in the Arbiter about employees’ allegations of workplace sexism and harassment at Aramark, Boise State’s on-campus food services contractor.

Audrey Dutton of the Idaho Statesman will show how she used data and public records to report on worker deaths in construction and agriculture, and how employers who break rules still get government benefits.

The conference is set for Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lookout Room on the third floor of the BSU Student Union Building at 1700 West University Drive in Boise.

Parking is available in the Lincoln Parking Garage across from the Student Union, on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and University Drive. Limited metered spaces are also available on the east side of the Student Union building along Bronco Circle. Register early to get a free parking code!

Refreshments will be provided.

The event is free for students and for Idaho Press Club members who pre-register, and $10 for everyone else.  Register here:

We hope to see you all there!

Katie Terhune is a digital producer and reporter at KTVB-TV, and is a member of the Idaho Press Club’s Southwest Chapter board.