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SPJ Honors Student Documentary

A documentary by students at The University of Montana has been named the best student-produced long-form program in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The radio-television students won the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for "Beyond the Myths: Growing Up in Montana." The 2007 program profiles the lives of six teenagers across the state as they negotiate their teen years, battling issues such as racism, motherhood and mental health.

The hour-long program originally aired on Montana PBS last May and recently was on KPAX in Missoula. It was produced by 17 seniors in a class taught by Assistant Professor

Denise Dowling and Adjunct Professor Gita Saedi Kiely.

SPJ will honor the UM students for their award-winning program at a September national convention in Atlanta.