Montana Quarterly features UM J-School student work in its summer publication

It’s tough to argue with the soundness of advice granted to University of Montana School of Journalism students last fall while interviewing centenarians from across the state for the multimedia project, “A Century of Stories.”
Sage bits of guidance include, “Don’t love your neighbor’s wife, stick with your own,” from Big Timber’s Clarence Rostad. And, as Doris McCulloch counsels, “Just keep enthusiastic about everything, knowing things, finding out things, knowing people.”
Students in UM J-School associate professor Jeremy Lurgio’s advanced multimedia class collected the bits of wisdom while interviewing, filming and taking portraits of Montanans aged 100 years old or more to produce, “A Century of Stories.” The work was published this month in the Montana Quarterly magazine.

Montana Quarterly magazine features UM J-School student work in summer publicationLast year’s J-School’s centennial year celebration inspired the project. In January, the piece was featured at a Capitol building exhibit in Helena as part of the J-School’s birthday celebration. In May, the portraits were displayed at a meeting of the Governor’s Council on Aging. That same month, the effort garnered fifth place in the multimedia team projects category in the monthly Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
“I think it was exciting for the students to get so much response for their work,” Lurgio says.
In honor of the recognition, Hearst awarded Lurgio’s students and the J-School $2,000. Half of the money will be divvied up among Lurgio’s 12 students. Lurgio aims to use the other half to fund a multimedia project akin to “A Century of Stories” during the coming academic year. “I’m hoping to keep rolling it out year after year,” he says.  
Lurgio credits J-School Journalism Advisory Council member Jeremy Sauter and his partner, Rebecca Jasmine, for funding “A Century of Stories.”
Those interested in learning more about the centenarians can pick up a copy of the latest Montana Quarterly or visit
Posted June 12, 2015.