We are gearing up for another great year at the J-School.

Classes start Aug. 27, but that’s not the only way to get the semester kicked off. Here are a few opportunities to get to know the J-School as you get started.

J-School Open House
Don Anderson Hall
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. – Noon

Come visit the school, meet some of your professors and see where you’ll be making all the media magic happen while you’re here.

Don Anderson Hall
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m.

We’ll celebrate the convocation of the academic year with the whole UM campus, but we also have a special kick-off at the J-School, which we call “J-Con.” At J-Con, you’ll get a chance to use the equipment and studios and get to know your classmates and work on projects with your professors. Plus: Free food!

If you’re just starting in the program, we asked alums and professionals via Facebook to offer some advice on how to make the best of your time here.

Here are a few highlights of what they said:

“Competitive doesn’t have to mean cutthroat. Many of the most effective and successful journalists are also the kindest. Be genuine, be thoughtful, and it will take you places personally and professionally.” -Tracy Johnke

“A story becomes even better once you bounce ideas off of fellow reporters. They can help you see the story completely different. But don’t forget to have fun and take time to relax.” -Ashley Roness, Miles City Star

“The best writing is rewriting. And rewriting. And rewriting.” -Shane Bishop, Dateline

“There are so many opportunities inside the J school and in Missoula. Take a gamble or two, it might change your life!” -Ethaniel Fitzgerald, Multimedia Journalist at WDTN-TV

“Take advantage of office hours. A whole lot of stuff is going to be thrown at you and it’s ok if you need help going over some of it.” -Tasha Cain, 10News WTSP



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