UM to Host High School Journalism Day April 18

April 17, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Journalism will host more than 200 students from across the state for its annual High School Journalism Day on Thursday, April 18.

The event begins at 9 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom with the Montana Journalism Education Association’s High School Journalism Awards ceremony.

Students spend the rest of the day in Don Anderson Hall engaging in workshops led by UM journalism faculty members. This year’s topics include learning to spot fake news, conducting investigative reporting, taking a better photo with smartphones, how to report on diverse communities and learning the basics of podcasting.

“This is one of our favorite days in the J-school,” said Denise Dowling, the UM School of Journalism interim dean. “We’re proud to welcome the next generation of Montana journalists for a day immersed in all things journalism. We’re invigorated by their questions and interest and look forward to showcasing all that a UM journalism education can offer.”

The day’s schedule includes:

  • 8–10 a.m.: Welcome session and MJEA High School Journalism Awards, UC Ballroom
  • 10 a.m.: “Fake News Game Show,” UC Ballroom

  • 11 a.m.: Workshop Round No. 1, Don Anderson Hall
  • “Catch the Bad Guys and Save the World!” with Professor Joe Eaton, Room 004
  • “The Reporting Gear in Your Pocket” with Professors Ray Fanning and Jeremy Lurgio, Room 009
  • “In the Beginning” with Professor Jule Banville, Room 210
  • “They Aren’t Like Me” with Professor Jason Begay, Room 316
  • “Only You: Tell Your Story Through Podcasting” with Denise Dowling, Room 309  
  • 11:10-noon: High School Adviser’s Session, Room 401
  • noon-12:10 p.m.: Group Photo, Main Entry of Don Anderson Hall
  • 12:10-1 p.m.: Student lunch in the Food Zoo  
  • 1:10-2 p.m.: Workshop Session Round No. 2, Don Anderson Hall
  • “Can this Hashtag Get Me Suspended?” with Professor Lee Banville, Room 210
  • “Stories that Saved Our Planet” with Professor Nadia White, Room 004
  • “Sports Photography for the Non-Sports Fan” with Visiting Professor Preston Gannaway, Room 316
  • “You Do You on Youtube” with Professors Kevin Tompkins and Ray Fanning, Room 101
  • “Words + Pictures + Your Creativity = Fun with Design” with Professor Keith Graham, Room 009  

Founded in 1914, the School of Journalism is now in its second century of preparing students to think critically, act ethically and communicate effectively. The Radio Television Digital News Association has ranked the school among the top 10 in the nation. To learn more about the School of Journalism, visit


Contact: Denise Dowling, UM School of Journalism dean, 406-243-4143,