Montana Journalism Review uncovers "Secrets"

Montana Journalism Review is fresh off the press. The 43rd issue of the J-School’s award-winning student-produced magazine focuses on privacy in the digital age. For the 2014 cover story, MJR staff writer Brett Berntsen tracked data in a state whose constitution uniquely provides its citizens with the right to be left alone. Columnist Santee Ross considers the preservation of secrets as crucial for the integrity of Native American culture. Philosopher Albert Borgmann conveys the tension between the need for privacy and the desire for prosperity. Entrepreneur Hank Green thinks aloud on how to succeed on YouTube. 

In the J-School’s centennial year, Montana Journalism Review features the reporting, writing and photography of some of its most distinguished alums. Ag reporter Tom Lutey, of the Billings Gazette, tells the tale of a John Munsell, a Montana whistleblower who helped change national food security rules. Bugle magazine editor Paul Queneau describes what happens when journalists give away the Treasure State’s favorite getaway spots. Missoulian photographer Kurt Wilson shows and tells how he captures fleeting moments in timeless images.

Featuring works by Missoula illustrator b.jean.s and cartoonist James A. Rolph, the print magazine is available, for the first time, as an iBook. Art director Allison Bye, a J-School senior, led the design team. In total, a crew of 19 students worked on the 62-page edition.

Founded in 1958, MJR covers all areas of the state, from the mountains to the prairie. The annual magazine combines quality student production with thoughtful media analysis. The work is part of a capstone class taught by associate professor Henriette Löwisch, with digital media programmer Chase Doak advising.

- posted on 02/23/14 -