The Montana Media Lab believes in telling impactful stories through audio journalism. Whether you’re a print journalist looking to branch out into audio, or a radio journalist interested in creating a long form podcast, you’ll learn by doing with us. 

We offer intensive, hands-on media workshops taught by industry experts. From introducing you to the world of audio journalism to the nitty gritty of audio production, 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!

Recorded workshops

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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