We are constantly hearing from students that one of the J-School’s biggest strengths is the dedicated, talented, fearless, experienced, fun, doors-are-always-open faculty.
The Social Media and Engagement class set out to tell that story via Instagram. Over the coming weeks, we will highlight these stories, which illustrate the personalities, philosophies and experience of our top-notch faculty. This week, we give you Associate Professor Lee Banville.
Lee joined the University of Montana faculty in 2009 after 13 years at PBS NewsHour, where he was editor-in-chief of the Online NewsHour.
With a background in web and digital reporting and social media, Lee teaches courses that include digital and web reporting, audience engagement.
Because he teaches the introductory media history and literacy course (J100), he’s often the first professor students have when they enter the J-School. We’re all lucky for that because Lee makes learning just about anything fun and interesting.
And yes, that includes Media Law, which he also teaches, focusing on access and open meeting laws. Lee also co-teaches election reporting every two years.
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In 2008, Professor Lee Banville attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Banville met Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright while making videos exclusively for the PBS @newshour website. Banville started as a free-lancer in Virginia before moving to D.C. and getting a job creating online content at PBS Newshour, an achievement Banville credits to “dumb luck.” The press passes are some of many Banville attained while reporting for PBS during 1996-2008. #meettheprofs #TBT