TV and Film Track

Jobs and Career Options

Woman with had on stands on top of a mountain with camera.Whether your goal is to be in front of the camera or behind, the TV and film track at the University of Montana School of Journalism will set you up for a bright career in the industry. 

And, you'll have plenty of options when you graduate. Jobs in this business abound. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the job market for producers and directors will grow 8% in the next decade and the market for film editors and camera operators will increase 12%. 

Our graduates land jobs as anchors and reporters, producers, directors, editors and web producers. Here are just some of the jobs you'll be prepared for if you choose this track at the UM J-School:

Reporter

Host

Producer

Multi media journalist

Social media editor/producer

Videographer

Video/Film editor

Documentary filmmaker

Web producer

Anchor

Director

Technical Director

 

The Student Experience

Young woman in button-up shirt stands in front of camera.As a student in the TV and film track, you'll get into the studio and behind the camera at the start. You'll work on daily news and documentaries. You'll report and anchor and run the camera. And, you'll also get to work on what fires you up. 

Broadcast student Meghan Fatouros says this: 

"...that’s what I love about the J-School is there so much creative freedom. It’s not one of these things where: ‘here’s the rubric, here’s the themes I’m looking for.’ It’s like: ‘what are you passionate about? Go out there and do it. Learn by doing.’"

Her advice for prospective students?

"Don’t be afraid to change and [change] is always going to be coming your way. Life is done through such a zigzag pattern. And the journalism school will [support] you. You don’t have to fit this certain mold."

Notable Alumni

Woman in CBS News studios looks at camera.

Maritsa Georgiou, reporter/anchor, Newsy

Shane Bishop, producer, Dateline

Erik Olson, digital content producer, KTVQ Billings

Meg Oliver (pictured at left), news correspondent, CBS News

Breanna McCabe, TV producer and documentary filmmaker, Montana PBS

"The best thing about the UM J-school training was that it was hands on! Everything we did in the classroom we used in the field. When I looked around for Journalism schools UM stood out to me for their hands-on approach and the amazing professors they had on hand." 

-Meg Oliver

 

Courses

Students in the TV and film track start with the "core four" journalism classes in their first years, focused on the basics of media history, writing, news judgement and reporting. From there, you'll branch out and start focusing in on the aspects of TV and film that most interest you, getting out there in the real world reporting and editing and producing projects that get aired with our local and statewide partners, like Montana PBS and other Montana broadcasters. Students are also encouraged to try out some film and cinematography classes in the School of Visual and Media Arts. 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Writing the News

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting the News

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

JRNL 352

Intermediate Video Reporting and Producing

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 332

Audience and Social Media

JRNL 350

Intermediate Video

JRNL 351

Intermediate Video Directing

JRNL 391

Documentary Film History

JRNL 482

Advanced Video Storytelling

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions                  

JRNL 480

Reporting Video News

JRNL 481

Advanced Video Photo and Directing

JRNL 488

Student Documentary Unit

 

Courses Outside JRNL Suggested

MART 345

Sound for Film

MART 327

Intro to Cinematography

MAR 252

Screenwriting