Montana Journalism Students Recognized with Prestigious Awards

April 05, 2017

MISSOULA – Students from the University of Montana’s School of Journalism recently won a slate of awards, adding to the school’s reputation as one of the leading journalism schools in the country.

“These awards continue to demonstrate the strength of our students and the faculty who nurture them,” Dean Larry Abramson said. “I’m not surprised the J-School keeps winning these distinctions, but I sure am proud.”

Each year UM journalism students submit their work to regional, national and international competitions. This year the school is proud to announce three winners and numerous finalists in these competitions.

Maria Anderson, a junior majoring in radio and television at UM, won the prestigious Tricia Cohen Scholarship from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter. Joanne Lisosky, co-chair of the NATAS scholarship committee, told Anderson in a letter that “the judges all said that you had a passion for storytelling and you have a bright future as a TV producer.”

Nora Saks and Olga Kreimer each won $3,000 Bertha Morton Scholarships. The Bertha Morton Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to graduate and undergraduate students for research and presentation of that research. The scholarship recognizes top scholars who are passionate about their studies and research.

The student team behind the UM News documentary “Aging Out” and the Native News Honors Project staff are finalists for the Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards. Journalism students Tailyr Irvine, Olivia Vanni, Lacey Young, Adam McCaw, Will McKnight, Hunter Pauli, Jake Green, Chris Reed, Matt Roberts and Kira Vercruyssen also are SPJ award finalists. Winners of the SPJ awards will be announced at the Collegiate Journalism Conference on May 5-6 at the University of Washington.

UM’s School of Journalism launched in 1914, and has trained generations of journalists in print, broadcast, photography and new media. The school frequently is ranked among the top 10 journalism schools in the U.S. Learn more about UM’s journalism school at


Contact: Larry Abramson, dean, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4001,