Our COVID-19 Response

Out of heightened concern for the health and well-being of our community and beyond, the Montana Media Lab has transitioned the majority of our workshops to online. We will continue to offer small in-person workshops whenever possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these challenging times!

The Montana Media Lab believes in telling impactful stories through digital media. Whether you’re a scientist looking to create engaging Facebook videos, or a non-profit ready to launch a podcast, you’ll learn by doing with us. 

We offer intensive, hands-on media workshops taught by industry experts. From filmmaking to writing, we’ll help you take your skills to the next level.

Have an idea for a workshop you’d like to take or teach? Get in touch!

Upcoming Online Workshops

Storytelling for Podcasts

This class focuses on non-fiction narrative shows – the documentary-style, often serialized, story-driven podcasts like Serial, Missing Richard Simmons, and Wind of Change that are known for telling expansive, immersive stories. The best ones leave listeners feeling like they’ve been on a journey, and maybe even with a new perspective on the world. So how do podcasters create that experience? What are the choices that go into structuring a narrative show that keeps listeners hitting the play button every episode? In this workshop, Instructor Lacy Roberts will guide students through the elements of narrative, and will look closely at the narrative structures often seen in serialized storytelling. Students will look closely at successful narrative shows to deconstruct what makes them so good, and derive lessons they can take with them in their podcasting adventures. This…

Talking to the Media

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. Instructors: 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…

Podcasting 202: Marketing Your Show

So, your podcast is awesome. But there are more than 2 million podcasts and 48 million episodes today. Your show needs to stand out amongst the rest. In this course, I'll share my tips and tricks for getting your show out to the world. We'll discuss getting featured on Apple Podcasts, pitching your show for in-app placement, using social media to effectively market and reach potential listeners, pitching to blogs and for editorial placement, and how you can get mentioned in podcast newsletters. We'll also cover monetization and cross-promotional efforts you can take advantage of as a creator. *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. Instructor Arielle Nissenblatt Arielle…

Student, Teacher and Employee Benefits

For Students:
Through a partnership with the School for Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) at the University of Montana, you can take many of our workshops for undergraduate or graduate credit.

For Teachers:
All of our workshops earn you OPI renewal units to aid in your professional development.

For UM employees, School of Journalism students and alums:
Take any of our workshops for 20% off using coupon code GOGRIZ at checkout. (Please note that the Montana Media Lab verifies eligibility for this discount and reserves the right to cancel workshop enrollment for fraudulent use).


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 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 also offer low-cost accommodations in UM dorms for many of our workshops. See specific workshops for details.

What about meals?

Meals are generally 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 the workshop (and a bit on you). Workshops that require a car will clearly say so in the workshop FAQs. We have several bikes available for check out during our summer workshops for help getting to and from the Lab (and making late night ice cream runs). If your workshop requires field reporting, and you choose 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?

The Montana Media Lab will issue a full refund, minus a workshop-specific administrative fee (see individual workshop FAQs for exact fee), for cancellations made more than 45 days prior to the start of a workshop. Cancellations made within 45 days of the start of a workshop are not eligible for a refund. If the Montana Media Lab cancels your workshop for any reason, 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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