Saturday, June 23, 2018

Why MJR Failed in 2015 and How It’s Moving Forward

“It was just a shitshow for the most part.” That is how Madelyn Beck remembers November 6, 2014, the final night of editing on Montana...

An Expert Weighs in on How Home Movies Fuel Fire Science

Editor Intro: When the Reynolds Creek Fire burned through tourist-heavy Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road last summer, a Missouri teen's footage shot from the...

Forest Service Burns Through Fire Budget, Reallocates Funding

To fight fires, the Forest Service receives a certain amount of money from Congress each year. Once it’s exceeded that budget, the agency pulls...

Cannabis coverage lights up newsrooms in Colorado and Oregon

In 2013, two years before Oregon legalized the recreational use of marijuana, Portland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly newspaper, The Willamette Week, hired its first...

Women editors sweep top positions at 4 metro papers in the American West

Over 20 years ago, Kathy Best, a young reporter in Washington, D.C., walked into a bar and saw something that surprised her — a...

Department of Defense Laws of War Manual Leaves Journalists in the Line of Fire

Matt Robbins and Bryan Denton met in Marjah, Afghanistan, in 2010. It was mid-February, and the U.S.-led offensive to drive the Taliban from a...

7 days on a right-wing news diet: When a blue reads red

Story by Peregrine Frissell, art by Rene Sanchez I grew up reading George Will in the Missoulian, one of 450 newspapers nationwide that syndicated his...

News Media Walk Tightrope between Online Free Speech and Protecting Advertisers

Nearly every story on the Billings Gazette website includes a bar at the bottom where readers can post comments. At least two stories, however, lack...

Live-streams transform media coverage of police shootings

News coverage of violence against African-Americans during police operations might turn into a routine if not for the emergence of new tools keeping journalists...

High School Newspaper Makes Comeback of the Year

When the Hawk Tawk is in session, a dozen or more students cram into their small newsroom on the second floor of Bozeman High....

Standing Rock: Native journalists torn between passion and neutrality

Story by Jason Begay, photos by Olivia Vanni See more of MJR's Standing Rock Coverage with this interactive web documentary. Even if it weren’t for that...

The Code Academy Challenge

By Bjorn Bergeson Jonathan Paxson, head of the computer science department at Montana State University (MSU), has no doubt that computer-driven curricula, especially cyber security,...