Greater Montana Foundation awards over $274,000 in communications and media education grants.

Greater Montana Foundation awards over $274,000 in communications and media education grants.

Funds still available for commercial grants.

The Greater Montana Foundation has awarded over $274,000 in grants and reserved another $40,000 for potential commercial grants in 2017.  GMF continued an initiative to encourage and improve the ability of news reporters to better address the top issue identified in two GMF Media surveys:  jobs and the economy.  

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Media Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Campaign – Video Recording

Larry Abramson, Dean of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism, was the featured speaker for the “Bringing the U to You” Lecture Series at  Great Falls College MSU recently, according to Greater Montana Foundation Trustee Norma Ashby, who arranged the lecture. Abramson’s lecture addressed such provocative questions as, “Was anyone happy with how the media covered the recent Presidential race?” and “How is the public coping with the unlimited sources of information?” and “What about the accusations of fake news?” Ashby noted that Abramson is uniquely qualified to provide insights on the recent campaign.  He moved to Missoula from Washington, D.C., where he spent three decades as a professional journalist, nearly all of them at National Public Radio.   Appointed in 2014, he is the first dean of the University of Montana School of Journalism to have a broadcast, rather than a print, media background. With a grant for a professional video recording from the Greater Montana Foundation, this timely and relevant lecture is now available on-line at the Greater Montana Foundation website:  greatermontana.org, under News and Events. ### Larry Abramson Lecture: Larry Abramson Q&A Session After the...

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GMF Testifies in Support of New Montana Heritage Center

GMF Grants Additional $25,000 to Original $600,000, for New Montana Heritage Center, and William Whitsitt, Chairman, Norma Ashby, Board Member, testified in person, and Sidney Armstrong, Board Member and Executive Director of the Greater Montana Foundation, offered written testimony to the committee in support of HB-14.

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New study finds Montana news organizations and consumers solidly in the internet age

December 9, 2016 — Helena, Mont. — A new study commissioned by the Greater Montana Foundation, the organization dedicated to Montana’s communications sector and the issues, trends and values important to Montanans, finds that Montana residents and the news organizations they rely upon are solidly moving toward more internet use. Internet access continues to grow in the state, with …

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Educational Assistance Grants

to Encourage and Support Media Reporting on Jobs, Business and the Economy   Background   The Vision/Mission statement of the Greater Montana Foundation is: The Greater Montana Foundation benefits the people of Montana by encouraging communication with an emphasis on electronic media on issues, trends and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans. In accordance with its vision and mission, the Greater Montana Foundation (GMF) has determined by quantitative and qualitative research that Montanans rank issues involving jobs and the economy as the highest priority set of issues facing our state. The Trustees of the Greater Montana Foundation believe that improvements in media reporting on such issues should be encouraged and supported. The resulting educational assistance program described below has been approved by the IRS to provide grants to qualified applicants without the applicants incurring a tax liability. Program Summary In addition to news and public affairs program grants and educational and internship grants that the GMF makes to and through other non-profit organizations such as the University of Montana, the Trustees have approved a program to encourage and assist Journalism students, working journalists and those in direct supporting positions such as editors, news directors and program producers, who wish to improve their knowledge, skills and ability to report on economics, business, jobs and related subjects and who will provide feedback on their progress in so doing. Grants are made to individuals to provide educational incentives and to help defer tuition costs of college- and/or university-level courses in economics, business and related subjects. Grant Amounts Grants are $500 per college- or university-level course, transmitted to successful applicants in advance of courses in anticipation of successful completion. Applicants must agree to return grants in the event courses are not successfully completed. Eligible Grant Applicants Montana Journalism students, working journalists and those in direct supporting positions such as editors, news directors and program producers are eligible for grants made to individuals selected by the Greater Montana Foundation. Not eligible are GMF employees, trustees, donors, or their relatives. Grant Consideration Process The Greater Montana Foundation Grants Committee, with final Board of Trustees approval, determines eligibility of applicants and awarding of grants as necessary during the year, based on the Committee’s evaluation of how well the applicants meet the criteria listed below. Grants are made on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. Grant Requirements Grant applicants must plan to attend a Montana institution of higher learning (college or University) and, in the case of working journalist or support field employee, be employed by a Montana news organization. All prospective grant-receiving students must meet entry, and/or course prerequisite, requirements of the institution providing the course(s) being sought. Working journalists must obtain a recommendation or endorsement...

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