J-School hosts more than 100 students for annual High School Day

More than 100 high school students from across the state of Montana spent the day learning about the journalism program at the UM J-School for the second annual High School Day April 9.

The prospective students were welcomed at the UC before splitting up to attend a series of seminars taught by J-School professors. The seminars are meant to give high school students a taste of what it’s like to attend UM’s J-School.

Helena High School senior Robert Cornelison said his favorite seminar was “Social Media and Free Speech" with Lee Banville.

“That was probably the best class. He was just like the most engaging and casual teacher,” Cornelison said.

He and Travis Grove, also a Helena High senior, said they came because they both work for the Helena High School newspaper, The Nugget, and are also interested in studying journalism in college.

Both Grove and Cornelison said that after attending High School Day, the UM J-School is one of the their top options for college.

Other seminars included “Crisp up your Writing” with Dennis Swibold, “Investigative Reporting” by Joe Eaton, “Painting Pictures with Sound” by Jule Banville and “Cell-phone Photojournalism” with Jeremy Lurgio.

Several students also participated in a mock press conference set up by Denise Dowling and Ray Ekness, which exposed the students to the J-School’s broadcast program and equipment.

Representatives from several student newspapers also got a chance to sit down with the staff of the Montana Kaimin to get advice on how to improve their high school newspapers.

The day concluded with the MJEA Montana Journalism Awards Ceremony in the UC Ballroom.

For a glimpse of the event, click here.

- posted on 04/13/15 -