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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Anne Bailey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Why should I attend a Montana Media Lab workshop?

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.

Who are the instructors?

Our workshops are taught by practicing media professionals from across the country and right here in Montana.

How big are the workshops?

Class size is limited to 12 students unless otherwise noted in the workshop description.

Where is the Montana Media Lab?

We’re located on the ground floor of the School of Journalism on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.

Is there an age limit?

You must be 16 to attend.

Where will I live during my workshop?

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.

What about meals?

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.

What airport should I fly into?

Missoula International Airport

Will I need a car?

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.

I’ve always wanted to visit Montana. Will I have time to sightsee during my workshop?

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.

What’s your refund policy?

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.

Can I take your workshops for college credit?

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.

I’m a teacher. Can I take your workshops for OPI renewal units?

Yes. All of our workshops are available for OPI renewal units. See each workshop’s FAQ for number of units you’ll earn.

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