Thursday, January 24, 2013

Online education project hires two veteran Idaho journalists

Clark Corbin
Idaho Education News, an online news operation funded by a grant from the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, has hired Post Register statehouse reporter Clark Corbin and Idaho Statesman editorial page editor Kevin Richert.

Jennifer Swindell, a former Statesman staffer, is the editor of idahoednews.org, the newest venture for the Idaho Leads Project, which up to now has focused on finding and highlighting “best practices” at Idaho school districts.

Kevin Richert
The project, which is under BSU’s Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies, received an 18-month $3.85 million grant from the Albertson Foundation, according to its website. According to a press release, its goals are to “support and enhance the advancement of educational improvement and reform in Idaho, and second, to share, in an easily accessible manner, best practices to all interested districts, schools and charters.”

The Web site’s articles are free to all users and available for distribution on other platforms or Web sites so long as proper attribution is included.

Richert, who worked for the Post Register in the '80s and '90s, has a farewell blog post here at the Statesman's Web site.

As a footnote, I've played softball with Clark and whiffleball with Kevin. Both of them have mean arms. I wish them well.