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Nonprofit News Outlet Launches To Report On Idaho State And Local Government

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Emilie Ritter Saunders
Boise State Public Radio

State government and the decisions legislators make can have a big impact on our daily live. But as local news outlets have struggled fiinancially in recent decades, there are fewer eyes on state government. A 2019 Pew Research Center report found that in the last decade newsroom employment has fell by 25 percent in the United States, with a decline of almost 50% at newspapers.


That lack of accountability journalism can have real consequences for Idahoans.


That’s why States Newsroom was created. It’s a network of affiliates where reporters cover state and capital city politics around the county. The newest affiliate? That would be the Idaho Capital Sun, which will debut Wednesday.


Idaho Matters learns about this new journalism outlet from editor-in-chief Christina Lords (formerly of the Idaho Statesman) reporter Clark Corbin (formerly of Idaho Education News).


Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.