UM to Host High School Journalism Day March 22

March 16, 2018

UM Associate Professor Denise Dowling, right, shows a student how to operate the sound board during High School Journalism Day in 2017.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, March 22.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with the Montana Journalism Education Association awards ceremony in the University Center Ballroom. Students spend the rest of the day in Don Anderson Hall engaging in reporting workshops led by UM journalism faculty members.

“We look forward to this day every year,” said UM School of Journalism Dean Larry Abramson. “Our own students and faculty members get to share their love of journalism, and the high school students always arrive eager to learn.”

A schedule follows.

  • 8:50-10 a.m.: Welcome session and MJEA High School Journalism Awards, UC Ballroom.
  • 10:10-11 a.m.: Workshop Session No. 1, Don Anderson Hall
    • “Fake News Game Show” with Professor Dennis Swibold, Room 316.
    • “Photo-J and Your Phone” with Associate Professor Keith Graham, Room 005.
    • “Quick and Dirty Guide to Freelance Writing” with Adjunct Instructor Jeff Gailus, Room 301.
    • “Can This Hashtag Get Me Suspended?” with Professor Lee Banville, Room 004.
  • 11:10 a.m.-noon: Workshop Session No. 2, Don Anderson Hall
    • “Catch the Bad Guys and Save the World!” with Assistant Professor Joe Eaton, Room 316.
    • “Telling Stories with your Instagram Feed” with Adjunct Instructor Lido Vizzutti, Room 005.
    • “Say It Out Loud: An Intro to Audio Storytelling” with Professor Jule Banville, Room 210.
    • “Diversity is not About Being Politically Correct” with Assistant Professor Jason Begay, DAH Room 004.
  • Noon-12:10 p.m.: Group photo, Don Anderson Hall
  • 12:10-1p.m.: Student lunch, Lommasson Center Food Zoo
  • 12:10-1p.m.: High School Advisers’ Session and Lunch, Don Anderson Hall
  • 1:10-2 p.m.: Workshop Session No. 3, Don Anderson Hall
    • “The Power of Observation: Using All Five Senses to Tell a Story” with Visiting Professor Courtney Cowgill, Room 005
    • “So You Want to Be a TV Star?” with Associate Professor Denise Dowling and Assistant Professor Kevin Tompkins, Room 101
    • Tour of Campus with campus visit advocates, meet in DAH entryway

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.

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Contact: Larry Abramson, dean, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4001,