Missoula to Berlin

In 2015/16, more than a million refugees sought asylum in Germany. The School of Journalism responded by creating Missoula to Berlin, a summer program designed to teach international journalism in a real-world, breaking-news setting. Under the guidance of Dean Larry Abramson, Associate Professor Henriette Löwisch and Berlin photographer/filmmaker Shane McMillan, 18 students set out to document the crisis and bring the stories back to their communities. The group included writers, photographers, designers and researchers with a passion for storytelling. Checkout their stories and learn about their adventure.
Photo shows inky footprints with outlines of Montana and Germany in the sole of the foot. There is a dotted line going from one foot to the other to symbolize the journey from Missoula to Berlin.

Students worked through fall to help pay for their international reporting trip, by organizing fundraising events in Missoula and online. Please consider a donation if you’d like to make sure each team member is able afford the expenses and contribute to the project in their unique way.

Learning by doing is the motto of Missoula to Berlin. For the first time, the J-School’s International Reporting course culminates in a three-week trip overseas. In addition to instruction and lectures by faculty and experts, it includes an investigation of Germany’s response to the crisis through interviews with refugees, officials and locals. Students edit and produce their stories for publication as part of the trip. Follow the team on FacebookTwitter and Instagram


If you have com­ments or suggestions, we’d like to hear from you. Find us on Facebook or email Dean Larry Abramson at larry.abramson @umontana.edu.