When the Hawk Tawk is in session, a dozen or more students cram into their small newsroom on the second floor of Bozeman High. The student newspaper is riding a wave of success and excitement, only three years after nearly closing its doors because too few students had registered for the class. Back then, in 2012, with the help of the local community, students convinced the school to keep publishing the Hawk Tawk.
In 2014, a new adviser came on board. Emily Donahoe, a reporter turned English teacher, led the staff to win best high school newspaper in Montana. Buoyed by their success, 18 student journalists set out to prove in 2015 they can produce a newspaper as good as, if not better, than last year.
Story and photos by Kate Siberell
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Montana Journalism Review is a public-interest magazine that looks at journalism, media and communication in the western United States. It is produced by students at the University of Montana School of Journalism.