High School Day

Each spring, high school students from around the region come to the School of Journalism for workshops and recognition. The school's faculty present workshops on a variety of pertinent topics, ranging from photo editing to news writing and broadcast practices. 

Save the Date: 2022 High School Journalism Day 

Who: High school journalists, yearbook staffs and media makers of all kinds (and their teachers!) from across the region.

What: A day of hands-on workshops with UM School of Journalism professors on spotting misinformation, writing, reporting, digital storytelling (video and podcasting), photography, design, social media and more! Head to the Food Zoo for lunch, get a feel for campus and learn from the faculty of a top-ranked Journalism program. Teachers and advisers can join a special luncheon with workshop time just for them.

When: Thursday, April 21,2022

Where: University of Montana School of Journalism, Missoula, Montana

To RSVP your group for the event, please email journalism@umontana.edu with the following information:

  • High School Name Adviser/Teacher/Parent Name and Email
  • Number of students participating.
  • We would like to know if you all plan to attend the same workshops together, or if your students will be attending workshops individually.
  • Address where we can send goodies for you to hand out to your students.


High School Journalism Day

Thursday, April 21, 2022


8:00-8:30 Check in   University Center Ballroom

8:30-9:30 Welcome and Awards Ceremony    University Center Ballroom

9:45-10:35-Session 1 - Don Anderson Hall

A-Calling BS with Professor Lee Banville    DAH 210

            Separate fact from fiction in today’s media landscape.

B-Social media for good with Professor Courtney Cowgill     DAH 101A

            Use your social media feed to do good in the world.

C-Did you hear that? Audio Storytelling with Professor Jule Banville    DAH 316

            Paint a vivid picture with storytelling through sound.

D-Bring the zing! Writing that gets attention with Professor Dennis Swibold    DAH 009

            Crisp up your writing to craft stellar sentences and stories.


10:45-11:35 Session 2 - Don Anderson Hall

A-Finding the truth online with Mary Auld     DAH 210

            Balancing the media you consume for a healthy news diet. 

B-Hot type! Improving your design skills with Professor Keith Graham    DAH 316

            Take your design skills to the next level.

C- Television production with Professor Ray Fanning    DAH 101B

 Behind the scenes of television news.

D- Flying the skies with visuals with Professor Jeremy Lurgio and UM photographer Tommy Martino   DAH 101A

            Take to the skies to learn more about drone photography in storytelling. 


11:35 Photo and Lunch                     

Students and advisers meet in front of Don Anderson Hall for a group photo. Students walk to the Food Zoo for lunch, advisers meet for their own luncheon session.

11:40-1 Teacher luncheon with OPI credits available. DAH 401

RSVP Required

Professor Lee Banville will give an update on student press law and discuss issues with student media in Montana high schools.

Teachers who attend and participate in High School Journalism day can earn OPI credit from Montana PBS. One OPI credit will be awarded to all teachers to choose to attend this luncheon. Next, for those teachers who wish to earn more credits-- two OPI units will be awarded to teachers for completing a reflection exercise about their experience at High School Journalism Day. Feel free to contact Nikki Vradenburg, Director of Education with Montana PBS with questions about earning OPI credit. nikki@montanapbs.org 

1:00-1:50 Session 3 - Don Anderson Hall

A-The power of photojournalism with Distinguished Pollner Professor Daniella Zalcman    DAH 306

Improve your photos by thinking differently about the images you capture.

This session will be online only. Students at UM will be able to login in the classroom. If you can’t make it to Missoula we encourage you to attend this session.

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B-Anchor time with Professor Denise Dowling and Montana PBS' Breanna  McCabe    DAH 101B

            Students will anchor, direct and work the television control room.

C-Diversity is more than being politically correct with Professor Jason Begay    DAH 210

            Diversifying your coverage to brighten your storytelling.

D-Investigative Reporting with Professor Joe Eaton    DAH 316

             Exposing wrongdoing and creating change with investigative journalism.


2:00-2:50 Session 4 - Don Anderson Hall

A-Who Speaks for the Trees? With Professor Nadia White    DAH 316

            Learn about environmental journalism.

B-What can you do with a Journalism degree? With Professor Denise Dowling    DAH 210

            Journalism grads are working great jobs inside and outside of journalism.

C-Strong from the Start with Professor Courtney Cowgill and the Daily Montanan's Keila Szpaller    DAH 101A

Writing that first sentence is often the most difficult. We’ll give you a head start.


Call 406-243-4001 to request more information about visiting the University of Montana School of Journalism.