Veteran Statesman reporter Rocky Barker and I will speak tonight as part of the seven-week Read Me Treasure Valley program.
Our talk, titled, “Journalism — Storytelling with a Purpose,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Hayes Auditorium at the main Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.
Mary DeWalt, who runs the Ada Community Libraries, will moderate. We’ll talk about how to begin a story, the reporting process, story ideas, the challenges of controversial topics and take questions. If you’re free tonight, please stop by and contribute to the conversation.
If we’re lucky, we can convince Barker to recount one of his career scoops, the sinking of a house through thin ice on Lake Superior in 1977. The story landed Barker’s photos and reporting on front pages of major metropolitan newspapers. You’ll find a a nice account of the mishap on Barker’s website, including photos and a song written to commemorate the sinking. Barker also has written books about the history of wildfires, the Endangered Species Act, fly fishing and bird hunting.
Read Me Treasure Valley began in 2001 as a community-wide book event. This year’s selection is “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean. Orlean will speak March 11 at the Egyptian Theater, presented by The Cabin.
Sponsors include The Cabin, Ada Community Library, Boise Public Library, Idaho Humanities Council, The Story Initiative at Boise State University and the Idaho Statesman.