Upper-division students can participate in capstone reporting programs that offer real-world experience, build portfolios and teach valuable professional skills. These projects produce top-notch coverage in online, print, video, audio and photo. They win Emmy awards, Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence honors, Hearst Collegiate Journalism Awards, and many more.
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Montana Journalism Abroad
This program is is a crucial part of our hands-on education curriculum. Students have traveled to India to cover environmental issues, Berlin to report on the Syrian refugee crisis and Japan to report on the aftermath of a trio of disasters in Fukushima. In 2018, Professor Joe Eaton led a group of students on an international reporting trip covering stories for CityLab, the urban-focused site of The Atlantic. See their work here. Next up: Northern Ireland.
The Native News Honors Project
Teams of honors students have traveled across Montana to cover a single issue – such as politics or health care – in depth on Montana’s seven Indian reservations. They publish their work in an annual print and digital publication that reaches about 60,000 readers. See the most recent edition here.
Montana Journalism Review
MJR is the oldest journalism review in the country, is produced, designed and edited by journalism students. In 2016, the team explored Montana's connection to the refugee crisis and also did a special report analyzing how the media covered the Standing Rock movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Student Documentary Unit
The student doc team conceives, researches, reports, photographs and edits a one-hour television documentary for MontanaPBS and other statewide outlets. Past projects have won multiple awards. One recent doc project, "Aging Out: Autism in Montana" explores the issue of how care changes after adolescence for people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That doc was one of five finalists (out of 4,000 Mark of Excellence entries) in the Society of Professional Journalists MOEy Awards. In 2018, the documentary team dug into the issue of overcrowding in Montana jails. "Montana Jails, Slammed for Solutions" aired on Montana PBS.
Students in investigative reporting go beyond the news cycle to research and report important stories that might otherwise go untold. Most recently, the team partnered with the Missoulian newspaper on a series of in-depth stories that look at pregnancy and addiction in Montana. Ther series, "Addicted and expecting: How Montana's lack of resources impacts mothers and their children" was published in Lee Newspapers across the state.
The Legislative News Service
This class sends three students to the state capitol to cover the biennial Montana Legislature for scores of broadcast, print and online news publications across the state. Students provide crucial daily coverage from the statehouse and gain valuable experience reporting on complex policy.
The Montana KaiminThe Montana Kaimin is an independent weekly news-magazine of the University of Montana. The Kaimin publishes once weekly and daily online during regular academic semesters.
UM News is a weekly television and online news show produced by senior broadcast students and aired on Missoula-based KPAX-TV and ABC Montana. The 2017 team earned the best overall newscast honor during the Awards of Excellence at the 55th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards in 2018.