Montana Journalism Review goes digital

Journalism students marked the 43rd issue of the Montana Journalism Review this fall by taking the magazine to places it had never been before.

This year’s staff unveiled a new website and a digital edition, as well as an iBooks edition.

These additional editions allowed readers to access digital content on their mobile devices and tablets, said senior Austin Green, managing editor of MJR.

The theme of this year’s magazine is “Secrets.” The staff and contributors delved into the realm of secrecy and privacy, with the controversy over the National Security Agency’s spying serving as a backdrop.

Some of the stories in this year’s magazine were accompanied by videos and photos, which are more accessible on the newly designed website and the digital platform Issuu.

“We also have a special iBooks edition for Apple users, which is a bit different,” said Green.

MJR 2014 iBook edition features embedded videos and interactivity.

Chase Doak, a digital media consultant for MJR, helped advise students to make that happen. His job, a new one for MJR this year, was to describe to students how to combine text, photos, videos and other digital media in different ways to tell stories online.

Senior Sage Knox worked as MJR’s web editor, focusing on implementing a new website design, overseeing web-only story placement and managing the social media presence.

All three said they enjoyed their time on staff.

Knox said he was grateful for the opportunity to explore digital content.

“It was interesting to do this massive online project in my senior year,” he added.

Doak, a former UM student, said, “It was nice to be able to put the skills that I learned both at UM and through my job to work in assisting and helping the students to pick up some of those skills themselves.”

Green said his experience as managing editor was great, and he recommended MJR to any journalism student interested in print and digital publishing.

“It’s really probably going to be the only time when you have so much creative control over a publication,” he said.

- posted on 01/14/14 -