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Talking to the Media

November 8, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


In this online workshop, long-time journalists Courtney Cowgill and Anne Bailey discuss practical tips for conveying your story effectively to the media. You’ll learn best ways to contact journalists, what to do when a reporter calls for an interview and what information television, radio and newspaper journalists need from you to best tell your story. Through practice and feedback, we’ll also help you become more comfortable with being interviewed, both on and off camera.

*UM employees and UM School of Journalism students* enter coupon code GOGRIZ at checkout for 20% off registration.

NOTE: Zoom link will be sent to all participants via email ahead of the workshop.


Anne Bailey is a freelance journalist and founding. She has taught video storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, the Freedom Forum Institute and the University of Montana School of Journalism. She also designed and led two citizen journalism training projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia. Her work has been published in Slate, PRI’s The World, Panoply Media, Deutsche Welle, Roads and Kingdoms, BuzzFeed, News Photographer, Al Jazeera America, Reuters, PBS MediaShift, Montana Magazine, Montana Quarterly and others.


Courtney Lowery Cowgill is an editor, writer, teacher and entrepreneur. She teaches feature writing, reporting and elements of news writing at the University of Montana School of Journalism and she edits and runs the Legislative News Service, which provides daily and weekly coverage to nearly 200 news publications and broadcasters across the state during the Montana legislative session. From 2005 – 2009 she co-founded and was editor in chief of the award-winning online startup news magazine New West. She later served as the managing editor of PBS MediaShift, a national publication that covered media and technology. She has reported for the Associated Press, Lee Newspapers, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Great Falls Tribune, among others.


  • Who is this workshop for?
    Government officials, university employees, researchers, business owners, non-profit staffers, and anyone who wants to be able to tell your story clearly and concisely to the media.
  • When is this workshop?
    9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. November 8, 2021
  • Is this workshop in-person or online?
  • Can I take this workshop for college credit?
  • I’m a teacher. Can I earn OPI renewal units for this workshop?
  • What’s your refund policy?
    The Montana Media Lab will issue a full refund for cancellations made prior to November 1. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made on or after November 1.


November 8, 2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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United States
(607) 201-9567


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