President’s column

Register now for unique training opportunity for Idaho journalist

By Betsy Russell

 Idaho Press Club members — both professional journalists and students — have a unique opportunity to learn about covering the courts from some of the top folks in the field, from journalists to attorneys and federal and state judges. It’s our 3rd annual Journalists Institute on Covering the Courts, in cooperation with Attorneys for Civic Education, the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Court for Idaho. If you haven’t attended this institute before, sign up! If you have, come back — you’ll learn more.  

 It’s set for Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m in Boise. That’s the same day as the Idaho Press Club Annual Awards Banquet (which is that night), so journalists traveling from throughout the state can make this trip matter, both picking up their awards and honoring the best in Idaho journalism and also getting a chance for some high-quality professional development training — for free.

There will be some limited travel assistance — possibly including lodging — for journalists or journalism students traveling from northern or eastern Idaho to attend the institute. Please register ASAP so we can get that worked out. We’re also very interested in hearing from local journalists (or journalism students) who are interested in attending. To register, please email Betsy Russell,, with your name, affiliation (news organization and/or university), and where you’ll be coming from. 

 It’s a great opportunity for all of us — especially those whose jobs include covering anything related to the courts. There will also be information on access to public records in Idaho in general. Join us!!

Betsy Russell is the Boise bureau chief for the Idaho Press and is the president of the Idaho Press Club.