J-School students to present at UMCUR


Several J-School students will be presenting projects at this year’s University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR) on Friday, April 17 in the UC.

Mahkia Clark will be presenting her senior thesis titled, “The Story Behind the Story” at the conference. The goal of the project was to examine how well the UM J-School prepares students for jobs within the journalism industry, particularly at local television stations, she said.

Clark looked at the skills obtained through intensive capstone classes such as UM News and also conducted research on the contrasts in news gathering between KECI-TV NBC Montana and UM News.

“Through my qualitative analysis, I found that students at the University of Montana School of Journalism are well prepared for careers in broadcast news and radio-television production because they are held to professional standards and are given hands-on opportunities to practice the many useful skills they learn,” Clark said.

Clark presents her senior thesis at 10 a.m. in the UC, Room 333.

She is also presenting a poster with five other students from J-School professor Henriette Lowisch’s international reporting class titled “International Journalism in the Digital Age”.

The class conducted research on how digital publications are approaching international news coverage and how they draw in younger, college-aged audiences.

“We conducted phone interviews with editors, as well as extensive research, to determine how these outlets generate their international news content, what international topics or story-lines they focus on and what storytelling methods they use to convey their messages,” said Lauren Lewis, one of the six presenters.

Students from the international reporting class will display their poster from 3 to 4 p.m. on the third floor of the UC.

Finally, J-School students Kaci Felstet, Katheryn Houghton, Mackenzie Enich and Dani Howlett are presenting their Global Leadership Initiatives project titled “$8.05 Montana." The project is an effort to humanize the current wage debate by putting a face to the issue, Felstet said.

“This semester we have been working to find people from a wide range of perspectives on the minimum wage debate,” she said.

The group wrote stories that will be published on a website and various other social media platforms.

“We have several journalists in the group so we knew we wanted to create some kind of magazine or publication, and as a group we thought wage inequality and the minimum wage debate was an important global issue that we could look at a local level,” Felstet said. “The presentation is the culmination of our year-long capstone class where we present our project to a group of judges.”

Felstet’s group presents at 2:50 p.m. on the third floor of the UC.

- posted 04/17/15 -