President’s Column: Awards contest and the Legislative Preview Event are coming up soon

It’s contest time – get ready to enter your best work!

The Idaho Press Club’s “Best of 2023” annual awards contest will open for entries on Monday, December 11.  It’s time to review and prepare to enter your best work of the year; you deserve the recognition!
The deadline to enter the contest is Jan. 20. All entries are submitted online at  Go on there now, check out the categories and divisions, and be sure to enter this year.
Entry fees are the same as they were last year, and as usual, there’s a substantial discount for Idaho Press Club members, whether you’re a regular or student member. Either way, it makes sense to just join. You’ll come out ahead, and you’ll support all our efforts!  Contact our office at to check the status of your membership.

By Melissa Davlin

Happy December! We’re rounding out a busy year in Idaho journalism with celebrations, while gearing up for a busy few months at the Idaho Legislature.

Coming soon, be sure to watch your inbox for updates on our upcoming contest, as well as an invitation for the Idaho Press Club’s Legislative Preview Event, scheduled for Jan. 4th. For those who can’t make it to Boise, we’ll livestream the event through Idaho In Session. I’m moderating the event, so please feel free to e-mail or text me questions during the event, and I’ll relay them to our speakers. This year, we’ve invited Gov. Brad Little and legislative leadership, as well as the co-chairs of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee to explain upcoming changes to JFAC hearings, and to field any questions or concerns you may have about the process. 

Congratulations to former Idaho Press Club president Betsy Russell for receiving the Stimpson Award from the Boise City Club. Betsy received the award on Nov. 30th at the JUMP Center in Boise. Marcia Franklin of Idaho Public Television moderated the event, and former Attorney General Lawrence Wasden honored her with a speech. 

And congratulations to Kenton Bird on his retirement from the University of Idaho Journalism and Mass Media department. Kenton is retiring after nearly 25 years at UI, where he helped mentor many of Idaho’s current reporters. The school sent him off with a celebration on Dec. 4th at the ICCU Arena’s Alumni Lounge in Moscow. 

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season! 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. My e-mail is