You have a story.
Learn how to tell it.
Are you a scientist? A student? A journalist? Are you looking to make a podcast for your organization or create compelling videos for social media? Want to launch a news literacy or digital storytelling project in your school or community? The Montana Media Lab is here to help.
Summer News Literacy and Digital Storytelling Programs
Students in four Montana communities participated in week-long Montana Media Lab workshops. They learned to find trustworthy news sources and make their own audio or video stories. Students said the training helped them feel confident in their abilities to separate fact from fiction on the internet.
We offer intensive, hands-on media workshops taught by industry experts. From filmmaking to writing to audio storytelling, we’ll help you take your skills to the next level.
We believe teaching digital storytelling and news literacy to youth in rural parts of Montana and in Montana’s Native communities helps empower students to find their voices.
We work to partner with local and national organizations to make media that matters. We’re always looking for new projects and new ways to connect, so get in touch!
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Let us craft the perfect training for your business or organization. We offer customized workshops that cater to your marketing and communication needs.
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to adapt to a new reality of social distancing. For kids, this reality has been especially hard.
To help middle and high school students across Montana document this unprecedented time in their lives, the Montana Media Lab launched a state-wide, oral history project. We asked high school and middle school students to document their experiences by recording interviews with grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and friends.
Head over to Montana Public Radio to listen to these heartfelt conversations.
I’ve already made a few videos and I can easily see how they will augment my job!
I loved that this workshop was one day, practical and useful. Now, I just need more practice!
Librarian | Sentinel High School
This workshop exceeded my expectations!
Michael and Nora were excellent instructors and helped us produce an audio piece in five days! I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is interested in learning about audio storytelling.
I learned many practical tips to create attractive, engaging videos.
As a professor who is redesigning many courses to be more flexible for my students, this course was so helpful to me. I can immediately apply what I’ve learned to my teaching.
Assistant Professor of Management | University of Montana
I got my money’s worth in the first hour.
Val Hoeppner’s insight and helpful tools were invaluable.
Adjunct Journalism Professor | University of Montana
Excellent hands-on instruction packed into three days.
I loved that Lacy’s workshop appealed to and applied equally to a high schooler and long-time journalism professor.
Features Writer | Mountain West News
Eric’s workshop on documentary post-production was an incredible experience and learning opportunity.
As a documentary filmmaker, I’m constantly working to learn more about the art and technique. This workshop inspired me as I push forward in completing several films.
This was my first experience with UM’s Media Lab and I was very impressed with both the instructor and the content.
I found the workshop on point and very worth the price of admission. I am looking forward to another workshop to further my skills.
Vice President | Logistic Systems, Inc.
Jule’s workshop provided a needed and valuable writing refresher for me.
Her engaging instruction benefitted both new and experienced writers alike.
Communications Consultant | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
By the end of the workshop, I understood the entire flow for putting an audio story together.
It was so incredible to hear all of the stories we created on the last day when so many of us had walked in wondering, “Can we even do this?”
Producer & Writer
In just a few short days, my writing was transformed.
I’m finally able to put down on paper the story I have in my head; clearly and with correct punctuation! I am no longer putting off the parts of my job that include writing; I’m owning them.
Marketing Coordinator | Montana Food Bank Network
I highly recommend future workshops by the Montana Media Lab.
Everything I learned in Eric’s three-day workshop drastically improved my effectiveness as an editor.
Super thorough and informative in a very applicable way.
I really liked the interactive and applied nature of the class and appreciated how well organized it was.
English Language Institute
The Writing Well workshop gave me the boost I needed to fine tune my writing.
Jule Banville presented what could have been sleepy content on commas and editing in a fascinating and enthusiastic manner. I highly recommend the class for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively.
Poet, Writer, Editor
I can’t believe how much I learned in five days!
Nora and Michael are two of the best producers in podcasting. I left feeling confident in my abilities and with a professional, quality story ready to air.
Freelance Audio Reporter & Producer
Val personalized the workshop to fit the needs of all the attendees.
I learned a lot and am motivated to take those lessons into the workplace and my personal journalism accounts.
Reporter| Great Falls Tribune