President’s Message: Expect shorter, more frequent Communicator blasts

By Betsy Russell
Betsy RussellWe are changing with the times here at theCommunicator. We’re no longer the quarterly paper newsletter that arrived in your mailbox, chock-full of articles for you to read at your leisure. But now that we’re all-electronic, we realize that people don’t have time to scroll through article after article while we multi-task our days away. So we’re atomizing theCommunicator – breaking it down into smaller, more frequent pieces.

You’ll still get all the Press Club news. It’ll just arrive in smaller, more frequent installments – ones you’re more likely to have time to read. That may be just one article, like Bill Spence’s excellent report above; or one plus Media Moves; or on occasion two articles. Please let us know what you think of this new approach (and if there are changes in your newsroom, please send them in for Media Moves).

We have lots going on: Our annual Fall Conference is coming up on Oct. 8 in Boise; the Idaho Debates are being planned; we’re judging other states’ journalism contests and lining up judges and details for our contest, coming this winter, and our next awards banquet, set for May 6, 2017; our Don Watkins Scholarship program is gearing up for another round, with an application deadline of Feb. 15; and our First Amendment Committee is preparing for the upcoming legislative session. We’ll be in touch!

Betsy Russell is a Boise-based reporter for The Spokesman-Review, and is the president of the Idaho Press Club.