Tuesday, October 18, 2016

JDM students attend Radio Student Scholars conference

It is not every day that a college media student receives a scholarship to attend a national professional conference. In fact, the chances that two students from the same university academic program garner this honor is very rare. However, Journalism and Digital Media majors Callan Pugh and Sean Honaker are the exceptions to this rule. Callan and Sean received two of only two hundred registration scholarships given to collegiate undergraduates and graduate students for the Student Scholars Program at the 2016 Radio Show conference.

The national conference is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Broadcast Education Association. The conference is geared to young professionals who are working or will work in the radio business. Held in Nashville, the conference featured numerous panels and networking sessions. For Sean and Callan, the experience was enlightening, informative and fruitful. It affirmed their beliefs about a career in the profession and the relevant applied learning they are receiving at Ashland University.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Halee Heironimus excels at the Medina Gazette

Digital Media Journalism May 2016 graduate Halee Heironimus is a talented lady. Halee was the former managing editor of The Collegian, a sideline reporter for the WRDL and AUTV 20 broadcasts of Ashland University football and basketball games and the originating producer/anchor for the AUTV 20 News Break program. She was also a two-time JDM academic scholar. Currently, this award-winning journalist is working as a reporter for the Medina Gazette. In her new job, Halee covers local news in northern Medina County.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Zack Lemon lands job at The Blade

Journalism and Digital Media 2016 graduate Zack Lemon is a busy guy. Zack, the former managing editor of The Collegian, began his professional journalism career months before his May graduation. He worked as reporter for the Mansfield News Journal while still writing for The Collegian and finishing his Ashland University coursework.

Recently, Zack moved to the Toledo Blade as a general assignment reporter. He covers local issues of interest with the same dedication and craftsmanship he demonstrated as an award-winning student journalist at AU.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

JDM students view conference on media and social justice

Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media students intently watched and listened to numerous presenters at the September 22nd Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop. While none of them were in the First Energy Classroom at Kent State University, all of them were engaged as they viewed a live video stream shown in the JDM Converged Newsroom. The day-long event focused on media roles and social justice--important concepts for future media professionals. The JDM session was coordinated by professional instructor Maggie Cogar.

Friday, September 16, 2016

JDM produces AU football games for Sports Time Ohio

As the summer turns to fall, AU football games are one of the successful traditions of the university. To build upon that tradition, the university signed a broadcast contract to air all home games with Sports Time Ohio, a regional sports powerhouse. The Journalism and Digital Media department was then contracted to produce both game coverage and content. The JDM crew was helmed by Operations Manager John Skrada, Skrada formed an expert team of professionals, led by Cleveland Cavaliers Director Dan Sevic, JDM adjunct instructor Paul Ditchey and announcer Brandon Wells, and veteran JDM production majors. Seniors Kate Siefert (sideline reporter) and Derek Wood (color analyst) were part of the announcing team.

The game one ratings drew a .5 (40,000 viewers) rating in the Cleveland market. This number is significant because the AU football telecast beat out Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, ESPN-2,NASCAR on NBCSportschannel, and Cleveland TV stations WUAB and WBNX. The game two ratings grew even higher (.59) as the game broadcast out rated FS-1 (Major League Soccer), ESPN (MLB Sunday Night Baseball), ESPN-2 (Sportscenter) and TBS.

Tune in on Sunday nights to see AU shine. The Findlay game will be re-played on Sept.18 at 6 pm, while the Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 games against Northwood and Walsh will air at a time to be determined.

JDM produces AU home football games

Once again, the department of Journalism and Digital Media is producing all Ashland University home football games for web streaming and broadcast. Home games can be viewed live on the JDM Streaming channel while delayed broadcasts can seen both on Sports Time Ohio and AUTV 20.

JDM Operations Manager John Skrada is the Producer of the telecasts while Cleveland Cavaliers Director Dan Sevic serves as the game Director. The production crew is a blend of veteran JDM majors and a few true freshmen majors. Senior Derek Wood is the color analyst and senior Kate Siefert handles the sideline reporting duties.

The JDM department is Ohio's premiere small college/university converged media program.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Michelle Shi interns with China's Xinhua News Agency

Journalism and Digital Media senior Michelle Shi returned home to China this summer and landed an internship with the Xinhua News Agency's Yunnan branch. Michelle worked as an assistant editor for the rapidly growing online division. She started researching local stories of interest and provided them to her supervisor. The chief editor was so impressed with Michelle's work that the opportunity to write and edit articles for the site was presented to her. Michelle crafted numerous articles during the remainder of her internship. She felt that the experience was invaluable and it would help her as a staff writer for The Collegian. Her goal is to work professionally as a journalist and someday return to China, as JDM's next international storyteller.