Watch: Award-Winning Journalist and Pollner Professor Leah Sottile on “Stories of the Wild, the Innocent and the Downright Disregarded”

The University Center Theater was standing-room only by the time writer, reporter, podcaster and this fall’s T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor Leah Sottile took the stage Monday to deliver the annual Pollner lecture for the School of Journalism.

It’s no surprise why. Sottile is a thoughtful reporter, dynamic storyteller and a savvy business woman with valuable insight to share with the J-School students she’s teaching and mentoring this fall and with the greater Montana journalism community. Her most well-known podcast, “Bundyville,” made in collaboration with Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting, is now reaching 3 million listeners.

As Associate Professor Jule Banville told the Missoulian recently:

“… She digs and understands how to get information. And she’s amazing at translating really complicated events and movements to all of us. She’s also fair and accurate and has a great voice. It’s a big deal in podcasting, and we’re super thrilled to have her teaching here.”

If you missed Sottile’s lecture on Monday, never fear. You can watch the whole thing here:

2019 Graduation and Senior Showcase

Join us as we celebrate our 2019 graduates:

Senior Showcase and Student Documentary Premiere
Friday, May 3, 5 p.m.
University Center Theatre

A showcase for our graduating seniors. See their capstone projects and share their successes. The evening will include the screening premiere of this year’s student documentary, “Trash Talk: Montana Recycling Challenge.”

School of Journalism Graduation
Saturday, May 4, 12 p.m.
Music Recital Hall

We can’t wait to celebrate the class of 2019!

Students: Bring as many guests as you’d like and just show up, fill out a blue card and that’s it! You graduate! (Well, after you’ve done all the tireless work to get here, that is.)

Celeste Headlee’s Dean Stone Lecture: Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations

On April 2, radio journalist, speaker and author Celeste Headlee presented “Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations” at the annual Dean Stone Lecture hosted by the University of Montana School of Journalism.

In a time when conversations are often minimized to a few words in a text message and lack of meaningful communication and dialogue abounds, Headlee shed much-needed light on the lost and essential art of conversation.

Watch her talk here:

About Celeste:

As a journalist, Celeste has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she’s learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. As a mixed race journalist of black and Jewish descent, Celeste also speaks candidly about how to converse on race and other difficult subjects.

She’s the author of “Heard Mentality” and “We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter.” She has worked for 20 years in public radio, most recently as co-host of the podcast, Scene On Radio. She’s anchored Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition and was co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway from PRI and WNYC. Celeste’s TEDx Talk has more than 19 million views to date.