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Explore Big Sky is Big Sky’s trusted media source. Since its first print newspaper—then called the Big Sky Weekly—hit stands in 2010 under Outlaw Partners’ local ownership, EBS has evolved with the growing community it serves, bringing quality, fair and accurate news to its audience through timely digital delivery as well as a bimonthly print paper.

We understand the importance of local journalism. Our award-winning coverage seeks to inform the longtime local as well as the first-time visitor, and we pride ourselves in objective reporting and in providing accurate and timely information and analysis.

EBS, published by Outlaw Partners, is as much community anchor as it is newspaper. Through its Town Hall interview series, daily Town Crier newsletter, social media and print and website presence, EBS delivers community voices, issues and updates on southwest Montana straight from the heart of Big Sky.

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Explore Big Sky Staff

Jason Bacaj, Managing Editor

Jason is a West Virginia native who joined the Outlaw Partners in September 2022. He’s called Montana home since 2011.

Jason attended Washington & Lee University, where he studied journalism, biology and played football for four years. After graduating he did a post-grad internship with the Seattle Times before launching a journalism career with the Anniston (Ala.) Star that has led him across the country following stories and adventure. In the time since, Jason earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from the University of Montana, wrote for Outside and Powder magazines, and worked locally for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Livingston Enterprise.


Julia Barton, Digital Producer

Born and raised in Big Sky, Julia is among the proud few who can consider themselves true locals. She joined Outlaw full time in June 2022 after graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism and minors in photography and social change, and communication design.

Diverse coursework during her undergraduate studies fostered a love for multimedia storytellings. Julia is passionate about broadening the scope for how readers interact with stories and enjoys incorporating thoughtful photography and design into her work. She regards storytelling as one of the most powerful tools in enacting change.


Jack Reaney, Big Sky Staff Writer

Jack joined the Editorial staff in September 2022, with a passion for reporting, writing, multimedia storytelling, and building a strong community.

He spent five years studying Economics and Creative Writing at Denison University in Ohio, taking a gap year during 2020/21 to avoid Senior year on Zoom and opting instead to work Trail Safety in Telluride, Colorado. He fondly remembers being paid to take powder laps while looking for over-terrained skiers on the shady steeps of Lift 9. Jack dove into journalism during his Senior year, and he found Outlaw to be an exciting opportunity to start his writing career.

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