Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Brent Northup

Second Advisor

Joan Stottlemyer

Third Advisor

Rich Myers


Two years ago, the Human Rights Bureau (HRB) decided to change the athletic seasons in Montana high schools to match the national norms. This change moved girls’ basketball to the winter season with boys’ basketball and moved girls’ volleyball to the fall season. The change of seasons battle began more than twenty years ago and throughout its history caused divisions between people involved in Montana athletics. This thesis is an exploration of enterprise journalism as a research method into the Montana change of seasons to create a feature article that might be printed in a Montana newspaper.