Whether you’re a scientist looking to make a Facebook video about your research or a non-profit looking to make a podcast for your organization, you’ll learn by doing at the Montana Media Lab. Industry experts from across the country (and right here in Montana) teach our 1-5 day intensive workshops with the goal of giving you hands-on, practical skills for success.
Housed at the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Media Lab combines small class sizes, experienced instructors and the latest technology. We offer OPI renewal units for teachers for all of our workshops. And through a partnership with the School for Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) at the University of Montana, you can even take many of our workshops for undergraduate or graduate credit. Check out our calendar for upcoming workshops and email us with any questions.
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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
Anne Bailey is a freelance journalist and founding director of the Montana Media Lab at the University of Montana School of Journalism. 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.
Jule Banville is a journalism professor at the University of Montana and hosts the podcast Last Best Stories, which she launched in 2015. Prior to teaching, Jule was an editor at the Washington City Paper, a producer at WNYC and a freelance writer for various publications across the country.
Eric Gulliver is a producer and editor for the flagship PBS series American Experience where he creates digital-first content across multiple platforms. Eric previously worked as a producer at FRONTLINE and is co-founder of The Non-Fiction Cartel, a working collaborative designed to support, create and enhance documentary media making in New England. Eric specializes in short-form storytelling.
Val Hoeppner is a digital journalist, trainer and media strategist with more than 15 years of experience. She leads mobile, social, video and multi-platform storytelling trainings for newsrooms, universities and media conferences across the country. She is also an instructor with the Poynter Institute, the Newseum Institute, Chips Quinn Scholars, Native American Journalism Fellowship, Innovation J-Camp, Mobile Me&You and APME News Train.
Michael May is the senior producer of the NPR Story Lab in Washington, D.C. Previously, he taught radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and is the winner of three National Headliners Awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards and a Third Coast Audio Festival Gold Award for his radio work.
Lacy Roberts is an audio producer, documentary filmmaker and managing producer at the Brooklyn-based podcast production company Transmitter Media, where she edits the New York Times Opinion podcast The Argument among other projects.
Nora Saks is an award-winning radio reporter and producer based in Butte, Mont. She is the host and producer of Richest Hill about one of America’s most notorious Superfund sites. Her work has been featured on NPR, Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio, Alaska Public Media and the Washington Post, among others.
We specialize in intensive, hands-on media workshops with industry experts. Whether it’s podcasting, smartphone storytelling or writing, you’ll learn by doing and leave with the media skills and confidence to give you a leg up in your profession.
Our workshops are taught by practicing media professionals from across the country and right here in Montana.
Class size is limited to 12 students unless otherwise noted in the workshop description.
We’re located on the ground floor of the School of Journalism on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
You must be 16 to attend.
There are lots of great AirBnB’s and hotels within easy biking and walking distance of the Montana Media Lab. We recommend booking early though as places tend to fill up quickly, especially in the summer.
Meals are not included in the workshop fee, although most 3-5 day workshops provide lunch for at least one day (see specific workshops for details). Missoula has lots of great restaurants and cafes within easy biking and walking distance of the Montana Media Lab, so we promise you won’t go hungry.
Missoula International Airport
That depends on you. We provide all summer workshop participants with a bike to help with getting to and from the Lab (and making late night ice cream runs). If your workshop requires field reporting, and you want to go outside Missoula to report, you will need a car. Otherwise, you’ll find that Missoula is incredibly bike friendly, and you can get just about anywhere you need to go on two wheels.
All of our workshops are intensive, so your days will be busy and long. If you want to see some of what Montana has to offer (and believe us, you do), we recommend adding a few days on to either end of your workshop.
Because our workshops are planned months in advance, we are unable to issue refunds unless the Montana Media Lab cancels your workshop. If that is the case, you will be issued a full refund.
Yes. Through a partnership with the School for Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) at the University of Montana, we offer both graduate and undergraduate journalism credit for many of our workshops for a $155 processing fee. See specific workshops for details.
Yes. All of our workshops are available for OPI renewal units. See each workshop’s FAQ for number of units you’ll earn.