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.
What is the Montana Media Lab?
We’re an innovative, digital media lab based at the University of Montana School of Journalism. We specialize in hands-on media workshops for all skill levels taught by industry experts. We also design and implement news literacy and digital storytelling projects in rural public schools across Montana.
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 on the reservations 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!
Work With Us
Let us craft the perfect training for your business or organization. We offer customized workshops that cater to your marketing and communication needs.
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!
- Sidney Hahn | 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.
- Erica Zurek | Photographer
Lacy walked us step-by-step through the stages of making an audio story and using the technology.
I appreciated that she set up the interviews and got us out in the field DOING it right away.
- Lori Messenger | English teacher, Seeley-Swan High School
I got my money’s worth in the first hour.
Val Hoeppner’s insight and helpful tools were invaluable.
- Courtney Cowgill | 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.
- Matt Frank | 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.
- Preston Randolph | Cactus Productions
Michael and Nora’s guidance throughout the week was wildly helpful.
Knowing that I was working with audio experts and listening to/reading pieces they published was a critical piece for me. Their combined skills helped me make an impossible task to complete in just five days, way more possible.
- Amanda Ceaser | Events and Marketing Coordinator, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center
Jule’s workshop provided a needed and valuable writing refresher for me.
Her engaging instruction benefitted both new and experienced writers alike.
- Bryan Haines | 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?!”
- Scott Shigeoka | 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.
- Cassidy Green | Marketing Coordinator, Montana Food Bank Network
Everything I learned in Eric’s three-day workshop drastically improved my effectiveness as an editor.
I highly recommend future workshops by the Montana Media Lab.
- Tristed Acton | Cactus Productions
Super thorough and informative in a very applicable way.
I really liked the interactive/applied nature of the class and appreciated how well organized it was.
- Sarah Bortis | 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.
- Victoria Emmons | 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.
- Damon Moss | 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.
- Skylar Rispens | Reporter, Great Falls Tribune