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Professor brings her aspiring authors into the real world of writing

For a writer, other writers are often the best teachers, whether you're a creative writing student or already a professor and award-winning author.

That's because becoming a successful writer is about more than just getting the words on the page: it's also about understanding how those pages become books, webpages, and pages in magazines. It's about knowing how to turn pages in a notebook into pages that get read.

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Alumnus climbs into a journalism career

Chris Parker is still climbing. The only difference is now he gets paid for it.

Chris Parker is still climbing. The only difference is now he gets paid for it.

As a reporter, writer, columnist, and online editor at the venerable sport-climbing magazine Rock & Ice, Parker (English, '11) is busy.” As editor, there are two sections of the magazine that I have to make happen every issue,” he says. “I conduct interviews with well-known climbers, and the other can be anything from a destination piece or a journal from a road trip-type piece. And online, that's kind of my baby. I am in charge of much of the content on the site.”

From KDUR to NPR, alumnus Eric Whitney is still in our ears

For 40 years, KDUR radio has been helping students have fun sharing their voices over the air, while also training them as broadcasting professionals. And Eric Whitney is a testament to how far that sense of fun and the KDUR experience can take you.

As the news director for Montana Public Radio, Whitney's award-winning reporting has been featured on National Public Radio's “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” He has also done three reporting excursions to Africa, including living in Cape Town for a year.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Scenes from Spring 2014 Commencement

Teacher Education students, all majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies – Teacher Education option, cross the finish line of graduation together: Vivienne Yeagy, Julie Wells, Crissy Thurston, Josie Snow, Kathy Smith, Samantha Siedler.

Fort Fuel is online, and fueled by students

Although Haylee Knippel won't be turning her tassel for another two years, her dream career has already begun.

“I just really want to be a news anchor,” says the sophomore from Albuquerque.

And that's exactly what she's doing on Fort Fuel, FLC's recently launched web-based campus news show. The show, developed as part of the Communications practicum course, is filmed weekly in the studio in the Ballantine Media Center, located in the Student Union.

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