Newspapers all across the nation are in the midst of Sunshine Week, our annual campaign to educate the public about the importance of our nation’s rights to a free press and public access.
At the Missoulian, we launched the week with a call to Montana legislators to support Senate Bill 217.
Here’s our editorial:
At about this [...]
These are the most important three months of the year – of the next two years, actually – to pay attention to Montana state government.
And that means, all of us here at the Missoulian are doing everything we can to beef up our coverage and bring you in-depth reports from the 2011 Montana Legislature.
So, too, [...]
Congratulations – I think! – are in order for two University of Montana journalism students who’ve been selected to provide news coverage of the 2011 Legislature for a long list of small-town newspapers and radio stations all across the state.
These are news outlets that otherwise wouldn’t have much coverage – and certainly wouldn’t have hometown-specific [...]
Reporters who cover the 2011 Montana Legislature will have to register with the House and Senate leadership to receive their credentials.
The new registration process for reporters who have floor access to the Legislature was approved this week.
Its aim: To give the Legislature control over a registration system previously handled by the General Services Division.
The new [...]
Nothing gets a conversation going in Missoula these days like asking about the state of education – and the cost of education – at the University of Montana. Or at other colleges and universities in Montana.
And the banter will only get hotter as the 2011 Montana Legislature grows closer.
So the Missoulian and its sister newspapers [...]
Here in the newsroom, we’re busy collecting information from the dozens of western Montana legislative candidates whose names will be on November’s general election ballot.
Starting in September, we’ll publish their responses to Q&As – one district at a time for several weeks.
It’s a lengthy and occasionally frustrating process, finding all the candidates and securing their [...]
I was heartened by news from the Montana Capitol this afternoon that state legislators won’t reduce reporters’ access to the floor of the House and Senate during the 2011 session.
If anything, we should increase the openness of government – at every level – rather than place additional restrictions on access.
Here is Missoulian State Bureau reporter [...]