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Denise Dowling, interim dean, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4143, denise.dowling@umontana.edu .

UM School of Journalism Ranked Ninth Best J-School in the Country

Dec. 18, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Journalism recently was ranked the ninth best college journalism program in the country in a poll by NewsPro magazine and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The magazine and professional association surveyed news professionals for their 2013 top choices of J-schools around the country, both undergraduate and graduate. Responders emphasized the importance of fundamentals and practical application in programs, such as teaching Associated Press style, grammar and different ways to write about news.

“We were incredibly excited to hear the news of our ranking by news professionals,” said Denise Dowling, interim dean of UM’s School of Journalism. “It not only speaks to the decades of devotion to hands-on teaching by outstanding faculty, but also to the graduates who go out and make a difference in newsrooms across the country.

“The work they do in communities shows they’ve got a rock-solid grounding in practicing ethical journalism in a rapidly changing media world.”

Of the top 10 schools identified in the poll, UM also boasts the lowest yearly cost of attendance for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students.

The UM School of Journalism is one of the oldest journalism programs in the country, celebrating its 99th year in 2013. It was established in surplus army tents on the Oval in 1914 and moved to the Journalism Building – now Stone Hall – in 1936. In 2007, the program moved into the newly built Don Anderson Hall.

Undergraduate professional programs include print/online journalism, print/Web design, photojournalism, specialty reporting, television production, television news/documentary and radio. The graduate program focuses on natural resource and environmental science journalism.

The school will celebrate its centennial Sept. 26-27, 2014, welcoming alumni and current students to reflect on 100 years of excellence in journalism education.

For more information call Dowling at 406-243-4143 or email denise.dowling@umontana.edu. The list of the top 20 journalism programs is available at http://rtdna.org/article/survey_the_top_20_journalism_schools#.UrHwafRDt8H.

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