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 Workshops

Talking to the Media

DATE: June 1, 9am - 4pm | PRICE: $85 - $105 | INFO: Join long-time journalists Melissa Jensen and Nadia White for pro tips on how best to convey your story to the media and techniques for giving polished interviews on and off camera.

Audio Storytelling & Podcasting

DATES: June 8 – 12 | PRICE: $875 – $1230 | INFO: NPR Story Lab senior producer Michael May and award-winning MTPR reporter Nora Saks guide you through reporting, editing and mixing an audio feature.

Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro

DATE: June 16, 9am - 4pm | PRICE: $95 - $120 | INFO: This intensive, hands-on workshop gives you the editing skills you need to turn your video footage, photos and audio into professional videos.

Sound Design for Podcasting

DATES: June 29 - July 2 | PRICE: $675 - $965 | INFO: This workshop teaches intermediate audio producers how to score and sound designing their audio stories and podcasts to bring them to life.

The Power of Environmental Photojournalism

DATES: July 13 - 18 | PRICE: $1175 - $1605 | INFO: Former National Geographic Editor-in-Chief and photographer Chris Johns takes you on a photographic exploration of Montana’s stunning landscapes, remarkable people and the profound consequences of decades of mineral exploitation.

How to be an Audio Producer

DATES: August 3 - 7 | PRICE: $875 - $1230 | INFO: You’ve heard the credits at the end of your favorite podcast. You've seen ads looking for producers to work on podcasts. But what does an audio producer do, anyway? This course trains you in the most important skills needed to become an audio producer.

Intro to Environmental Filmmaking

DATES: August 10 - 14 | PRICE: $875 - $1230 | INFO: Whether you work for a non-profit, an outdoor adventure company, the National Park Service or yourself, filmmaker Shane McMillan guides you through the steps of planning, shooting, and editing an impactful environmental documentary short.

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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