UM Journalism Students, Alumna Snag Broadcast Education Association Awards

March 13, 2014

MISSOULA – Two University of Montana School of Journalism students and one alumna have won awards in the news category of the international 2014 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

Class of 2012 graduate Jessica Murri won first place in radio feature reporting with her piece “Taxidermy Bootcamp.” Seniors Max Barnum and Dustin Askim won third place in television feature reporting for their piece “PEAS Farm.”

Murri’s story was produced for a “critters” theme in Assistant Professor Jule Banville’s Advanced Audio course. It focuses on a taxidermy class that is stuffing a pheasant. Murri mentions that the taxidermy teacher didn’t want the “media to come in and see [them] as hicks.” Through radio, Murri was able to portray the students in a different light.

Askim and Barnum’s project, about the educational outreach of an urban teaching farm in Missoula, was an assignment for a class that produces a weekly news brief called UM News. 

“Once every week they had kids from the elementary schools come and they just taught them how to grow their own vegetables,” Barnum said. The PEAS farm educators also teach students how to take care of chickens and pigs.

The prizes will be awarded during the BEA annual convention and Festival of Media Arts held April 6-9 in Las Vegas. For more information call Julia Cummings, communications and events coordinator for the UM School of Journalism, at 406-243-4366 or email






Contact: Julia Cummings, communications and events coordinator, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4366,