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Talking to the Media

June 1

$85 – $105

In this one-day workshop, long-time journalists Melissa Jensen and Nadia White 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. Whether you’re a government official, a university employee, a researcher, a business owner or a non-profit staffer, this workshop will give you the confidence to tell your story clearly and concisely to the media.


Melissa Jensen, former broadcast journalist, KTVH Helena
Nadia White, professor, University of Montana School of Journalism



  • Who is this workshop for?
    Anyone wanting to engage more effectively with the media — from drafting press releases to learning how to convey your message succinctly on camera.
  • Who are the instructors?
    Melissa Jensen spent 20 years working in broadcast journalism in newsrooms across Montana as a reporter, producer and anchor.  She is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Montana History Foundation, where she continues to work with the media in a much different capacity. Nadia White is a journalism professor at the University of Montana with decades of experience in newspaper reporting across the West and in Washington, D.C. She specializes in environmental and public affairs journalism.
  • When is this workshop?
    June 1, 2020 from 9am – 4pm
  • What will I leave the workshop with?
    A better understanding of how to engage with the media and the confidence to tell your story effectively on camera, in print or on air. 
  • What do I need to bring?
    We recommend bringing a laptop or tablet for taking notes. 
  • What about meals?
    We will break for lunch from noon – 1pm. Missoula has lots of restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance of the Montana Media Lab.
  • What is the maximum enrollment for this workshop?
  • Can I take this workshop for university credit?
    No. This workshop is not currently offered for university credit. 
  • I’m a teacher. Can I earn OPI renewal units for this workshop?
    Yes. You will earn six renewal units for this workshop.
  • What’s your refund policy?
    The Montana Media Lab will issue a full refund, minus a $25 administrative fee, for cancellations made more than 45 days prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations made within 45 days of the start of the workshop are not eligible for a refund. If the Montana Media Lab cancels the workshop for any reason, you will be issued a full refund.


June 1
$85 – $105
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Talking to the Media (early bird registration)$85.00early bird registration available through April 15, 2020