A Message from the Dean

Dean Larry AbramsonWelcome to the University of Montana School of Journalism. This year we are celebrating our 100th anniversary. Join us as we head into our second century of training some of the finest news professionals in the industry.

Dean Arthur L. Stone, our founder, began this program in makeshift tents on the U M campus here in Missoula. Today, students work in state-of-the-art facilities at Don Anderson Hall. But they still follow in Stone’s footsteps, because they learn by doing.  

Our goal here is to train working journalists who can hit the ground running when they enter the job market. Soon after students arrive, we send them into the world. They learn how to report and write about public affairs. They talk with experts, debate important policy issues and learn how to use digital tools to reach a broader audience.    

When students leave our program, they take with them an impressive array of news clips and photos they have published as students. That’s why many find jobs at top national organizations like NPR, CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Others work at the local TV stations or newspapers that help keep their communities informed.     

For graduate students, we offer a master’s program in Environmental Science and National Resource Reporting. Master’s students take advantage of our beautiful location on the western slope of the Rockies to explore the role journalists play in explaining environmental challenges such as climate change. 

Please peruse our website, but don’t stop there. Come visit us in Missoula, and help us celebrate this important anniversary. We would love to answer your questions.

- Dean Larry Abramson

Connect with me via email at larry.abramson@mso.umt.edu and follow me on Twitter @abramsonwrites.