Student documentary named best in country

Missoula, Montana (AP) 3-08

A television documentary produced by students in the University of Montana Department of Radio-Television has been named best long-form student documentary in the country by the Broadcast Education Association.

“Beyond the Myths: Growing Up in Montana” profiles six teenagers across the state. The film explores the challenges and rewards of growing up in Big Sky Country.

Student filmmakers looked at issues of teen pregnancy, racism, drug use and mental health. They profiled subjects as they celebrated rural life, family, sports and American Indian culture.

The hour-long film was produced by seniors and graduate students in the UM School of Journalism in just 15 weeks. It premiered on Montana PBS in May 2007.