UM Broadcast Journalism Classes to Benefit from Greater Montana Foundation Grant

September 13, 2017

MISSOULA – A major supporter of broadcast journalism projects at the University of Montana has once again shown its commitment to students.

The Greater Montana Foundation awarded $21,500 to the UM School of Journalism to use to support a variety of student-produced radio and television storytelling projects.

The projects funded through the grant include “MontanaPBS Newsbrief,” a statewide, nightly headline report produced and anchored by students; “Business: Made in Montana,” a student-produced MontanaPBS program that profiles companies that create products in Big Sky Country; and the student documentary unit, which produced the 2017 “Montana Rx: Unintended Consequences” about opioid abuse in Montana and “Aging Out,” the 2016 documentary that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ documentary award, among others.         

“Greater Montana Foundation has been a terrific partner in ensuring that our students get the hands-on training we are known for at the J-school,” said journalism Dean Larry Abramson. “This continuing support shows they trust us to train the next generation of broadcast journalists.”   

UM’s School of Journalism recently ranked as the eighth best college journalism program by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The No. 1 theme cited by voters in the survey was equipping students with real-world experience.

Founded by pioneer broadcaster Ed Craney in 1958, the Greater Montana Foundation provides grants to improve the quality of communications on important issues through electronic media. More information is available at http://www.greatermontana.org.

For more information on the journalism school, or how the grant will be put to use at UM, call Abramson at 406-243-5250 or email larry.abramson@mso.umt.edu. The School of Journalism is online at https://jour.umt.edu/

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Contact: Larry Abramson, UM School of Journalism dean, 406-243-5250, larry.abramson@mso.umt.edu.