The UM J-school is part of a new reporting collaboration this fall to create an in-depth website resource for Montana voters. Montana Public Media combines the resources of Montana PBS, Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio and The University of Montana School of Journalism.
At The UM J-School, faculty members Dennis Swibold and Lee Banville lead the Election Reporting class. Senior Journalism majors will produce multi-media reports on statewide candidates and races that will be available on the website during the month of October. These students will also report on election night with results, reactions, and will offer post-election analysis for the website later in November.
Adjunct instructor John Twiggs will teach a senior level class that will produce a television program featuring the three candidates for Montana's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat. "Montana Journal: The Invisible Race" will be broadcast on Montana PBS and also available online. These students will also assist in election night reporting and production of the Montana PBS Election Night live television program.
The two classes will combine efforts to assist with fact-checking during three live televised debates. Montana Public Media partners will collaborate for a statewide television and radio broadcast featuring the three major races in Montana. Students and faculty will research legislation and dollar amounts that are mentioned during the debate and provide additional information and context during the post-debate analysis.
The scheduled events are:
- Tuesday, September 25th 7:00 p.m. for the U.S. House candidates
- Monday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. for the U.S. Senate candidates
- Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. for the Montana Governor's candidates