Montana Journalism Review releases 2015 edition

Montana Journalism Review, the award-winning magazine produced by students of the University of Montana School of Journalism, has released its 2015 edition.

For the 44th issue, the nation’s oldest journalism review expanded its coverage of media and journalism to neighboring states with a new section called “Neighborhood Watch.”

Managing editor Austin Schempp said the new section provides MJR a chance to serve a wider audience.

“We felt that there was an audience we could reach in surrounding states with issues and news that aren’t covered by other magazines,” Schempp said.

The theme of the 2015 edition of the magazine is “Shift.” Staff and contributors focused on the shifting landscape of the media industry and how journalists, news sources, and audiences are adapting to change.

MJR also investigated the state of television news in Montana with a three-part cover story featured in the center of the magazine.

Throughout the fall semester, MJR staff worked on producing multimedia content and increasing its subscriber base. The magazine’s production is part of a J-School capstone course.

At the J-School’s Centennial event in September, MJR staff members connected with alums and gained 100 more subscribers through a quiz asking, “Which type of Montana journalist are you?” The quiz along with other exclusive content can be found on the MJR website.

Graduate student Abbey Dufoe worked on a new tablet edition that will be released separately.

Montana Journalism Review was founded by Dean Nathaniel Blumberg in 1958. Since 2012, journalism professor Henriette Löwisch has served as its editor-in-chief and mentored students through MJR’s production. In 2014, MJR won several national and regional awards for design and storytelling.

- posted on 12/08/14 -