UM Journalism Students Again Report Daily Legislative News
Each weekday morning KLYQ and KGVO provides a daily report from the 67th Montana Legislature in Helena. That report is shared by over 200 editors, publishers, newspapers and broadcasters in Montana. University of Montana Journalism students have been covering the sessions since 1993, according to UM Journalism Director Denise Dowling in a UM news release.
This year, James Bradley and Austin Amestoy are producing the reports, which are produced by the UM students Monday through Friday. They also have web reports and weekly print and web features and roundups. Amestoy is the print reporter and Bradley voices the 1-minute daily report. Dowling said, "These students witness the inner workings of our lawmaking process and rely heavily on the seasoned journalists they work alongside at the Capitol to make sense of it all."
The effort is supported by the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association. Newspaper Association executive director Matt Gibson said, "The UM Legislative News Service provides bread and butter coverage of the state Legislature for virtually every community newspaper in Montana. The reporters do solid work that connects folks from Eureka to Ekalaka to their representatives in Helena."
Dewey Bruce of the Montana Broadcasters Association said, "We support the Legislative News Service because it provides our members daily reports on what's going on at the Montana Legislature who don't have the ability to have a reporter in Helena."
KLYQ and KGVO air the reports at 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday as part of our daily Montana Morning news program.
There's also an archive of the reports and photos online.