School of Journalism Launches Media Lab, Hires Founding Director Anne Bailey

Thanks in part to private support, the School of Journalism can now train anyone to be a multimedia storyteller. The school recently announced the new Montana Journalism Media Lab, which serves as a center of innovation and a resource for anyone who wants to learn how to share stories using new media techniques.

This initiative marks a major expansion for the century-old school, which regularly ranks among the top journalism schools in the nation.

Dean Larry Abramson said the lab would help the school push boundaries and expand its influence beyond the student body.

“The lab will help train scientists, entrepreneurs and businesspeople how to tell their stories in the most effective way.”

Plans include workshops taught by professionals from around the world, who will share their expertise in subjects such as web design, data visualization and social media strategy.

Anne BaileyAbramson also announced that journalist and filmmaker Anne Bailey, a former professor and UM alum, has been named the lab’s founding director.

Bailey graduated from the School of Journalism master’s program in 2008. She has taught and practiced journalism all over the world: from a smartphone video course for Libyans in Rome to a multimedia journalism project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has taught courses at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and served as the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor at UM in the spring of 2017. She also has filed regularly for the PRI news program “The World.”

As founding director, Bailey will have a strong voice in designing the lab and in finding initial partners.

“I’m excited to be in on the ground floor of this exciting opportunity,” Bailey said. “I believe the lab could make UM and Missoula a center for innovative media projects.”

The lab will be housed in Don Anderson Hall, the journalism school’s home on the UM campus. Fundraising for this new initiative is ongoing, and your support can make a big impact. To learn more, contact Director of Development Gita Saedi Kiely at 406.243.5354.