UM Journalism Professor, Students Shine in National Broadcast Competition

February 16, 2018

MISSOULA – Associate Professor Jule Banville in the University of Montana School of Journalism won a Best of Competition award for an audio documentary that aired on her podcast, “Last Best Stories.”

The faculty division award from the Broadcast Education Association comes from its annual competition, which also recognizes student work. More than 1,530 entries were considered. Banville’s work will be featured at the annual BEA Festival of Media Arts in April in Las Vegas.

The winning entry is an audio story about a woman who owns the town of Pray in Montana’s Paradise Valley and can’t find someone to buy it. It can be heard as Episode 11, “Owning Pray,” at

The BEA also recognized student work from the UM School of Journalism in its 2018 awards.

The Meth Effect, a multimedia reporting project that came out of a class co-taught by Jule Banville and journalism Associate Professor Lee Banville, won second place in the Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Competition, large team division.

Journalism senior Rosie Costain won second place in the Student News/Radio Feature competition. Nora Saks, a student in the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism graduate program, won the Award of Excellence in radio hard news reporting. UM News, the weekly news segment produced by senior broadcast journalism students, was awarded second place in the Television Newscast category.

“The UM School of Journalism is proud of its stellar showing this year in a competitive awards program,” said journalism Dean Larry Abramson.

For more information about UM’s School of Journalism, visit The Last Best Stories podcast is online at


Contact: Jule Banville, associate professor, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-2237,