A three-foot tall chicken, built with spare lumber and shingles gets a coat of bright yellow paint. A giant robotic spider zombie sports unmatched boots on its six legs. While a big fish, made of stovepipe, doorknobs and springs, dangles like a junkyard mobile.
It’s the Spontaneous Construction event in Missoula and UM News is there to report a story on recycling. School of Journalism senior Dan Erusha shoots video, takes notes and interviews people at the event. Later, he’ll write and edit his own work.
Other students are reporting on UM’s Native American population and looking into how Missoula College is preparing veterans for higher education.
Still other students from the Radio-Television Department work as producers, directors and anchors to craft these stories into two weekly news segments focused on UM.
Their newscasts air each week on professional media outlets KTMF and KPAX in Missoula and KTMF and KAJ-TV in Kalispell. You can find more examples of UM News work here: http://umnews.jour.umt.edu