Posted January 3rd, 2019

The University of Montana Legislative News Service is gearing up to provide coverage of the 2019 Legislative session in Helena.

About the service and what to expect:
As you may know, the Legislative News Service is a partnership between the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Montana Newspaper Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the University of Montana School of Journalism to bring daily coverage of the session for broadcasters in the state to use. Coverage has historically included at least one anchored piece wrapping up each day's news and a script and bites. In the past, we've also included a preview of the next day's events. This session, we will provide those as news and time dictates.

Here’s what you can expect to get via email each day:
>The daily wrap up by 4:00 p.m. each day
>Bites with scripts by 4:30 p.m. each day (potentially earlier)
>Web-versions of the day's wrap up to include on your website.
>Previews and photos as our team is able to provide them.

The first report will come in the first day of the session, Jan. 7.

Please forward to news directors as well and if you would like to add someone else from your organization or know of another broadcaster who would like to be on the distribution list, you can either email me at or visit this link to sign up:

We ask that you keep the sponsor bed in the audio and the byline and credit for the reporter and the UM Legislative News Service each and every time you use any of the reports on any medium.

About the team:
Timothy Pierce will be reporting this session for the Legislative News Service. He will be joined at the Capitol by Shaylee Ragar, who will be providing weekly reports for the Community News Service, a partnership between the journalism school and the Montana Newspaper Association, which serves newspapers and publishers. The reporters from each project often collaborate on projects.

Also, as we gear up for another session in Helena, we’d love to get some guidance from you about how you might use this coverage to best serve your audience. Below is a link to a brief survey to help us shape your coverage.

Thank you so much for participating in this service and don’t hesitate to reach out to Courtney with any questions. The UM Legislative News Service is made possible by support from the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Montana Newspaper Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.