School of Journalism

With a rich history, UM’s School of Journalism celebrated its 100th anniversary over the course of the 2014-15 academic school year. The School has over 400 undergraduate and graduate students.

Points of Pride

  • Student performance. The J-School routinely ranks in the top 10 of all accredited journalism programs based on accumulated points in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
  • Public service. The most recent accreditation site team cited “a strong tradition of service to Montana and to the profession of journalism. In a state with limited media resources, the School plays a key role in keeping citizens informed, giving voice to underserved populations and providing forums to assess media performance.”
  • Faculty. Journalism faculty members have received national recognition for excellence in teaching. They also inspire students with their own projects – from writing an e-book about presidential debates, to multimedia shows about disappearing towns, to kayaking solo up to Alaska.
  • Lectures and opportunities for students to network with seasoned journalists.

UM Foundation Support

  • Don Anderson Hall, completed in 2007, was a $14 million project funded by the largest number of private donors for any public building in the history of Montana.
  • The newly endowed Blumberg Fund will encourage students to undertake investigative reporting projects.
  • Private donations will help the School launch a career program to give students an even better advantage in today’s changing job market.
  • The Impact Fund helps students report for projects such as the "Made in Montana" business profiles and the Native News Honors Project.

Let students tell you, in their own words, what the School of Journalism means to them.

To make a gift to the School of Journalism, please complete the form below.


To find out how to support the School of Journalism, contact Gita Saedi Kiely, Director of Development.

Gita Kiely