Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Collegian Named Finalist in the Ohio Newspaper Association's Best Website Competition

 Ashland University’s Journalism and Digital Media’s newspaper, The Collegian, is being honored as a finalist in the Ohio Newspaper Association’s Best Website competition. The staff will be recognized at the upcoming 2017 Ohio Newspaper Association Convention on Feb. 9.

Judges in this category look at strength of the overall website as a publication and place high importance on frequently updating the site, relevant news content, and writing/editing that meets journalistic style and standards.

We are excited to see the newspaper staff not only meeting expectations, but exceeding them. Their hard work and dedication are noticed every day in the newsroom and the JDM faculty would like to congratulate The Collegian staff for this achievement.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from JDM

The Journalism and Digital Media department wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a restful break from academic studies. JDM salutes the hard-working, dedicated and creative students, staff and faculty who have made the department Ohio's premiere small college/university academic and applied media program. From award-winning content produced by The Collegian, AUTV 20 and WRDL radio to the ground-breaking 5 hour converged live broadcast of Election Night 2016 and the Sports Time Ohio telecasts of Ashland University football and basketball games, JDM had a blessed year.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

WRDL and AUTV 20 win IBS Awards

For the first time in the Journalism and Digital Media era, WRDL 88.9 radio and AUTV 20 have won national collegiate student media awards. The Finalist Awards are bestowed by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System which is an organization of more than 1000 non-profit, education-affiliated radio stations, television stations and webcasters. The award selection committee is constituted of media professors and professional from around the country. Finalist Awards signify the upper 10% of all entries. First place awards and Finalist trophies will be given at the 77th Annual IBS Conference in New York City on March 4, 2017.

All three JDM student media entities (The Collegian, AUTV-20 and WRDL) are now award-winning co-curricular components of a converged academic media program. According to JDM chair Dr. Dave McCoy, these awards validate the "hard work, dedication and creative spirit" exhibited by JDM students. He adds that "JDM co-curricular media clearly add to the intellectual and professional development of our students and that these awards help to demonstrate that JDM is the premiere small college/university academic and applied media program in Ohio."

Here are the JDM IBS Finalist Award winners:
Best Newscast (Top 5 in the country)
Eagle News Update--Andrew Clough, Colleen Rimmel, Connor Dunwoodie, Halee Heironimus, Sean Honaker
Best Sports Program (Top 4 in the country)
Eagle Sports Update---Kate Siefert, Tom Prizeman
Best Sports Play-by-Play (Top 3 in the country)
Ursuline vs. Ashland Basketball---Erich Metze, Brandon Hood, Sean Honaker, Noah Cloonan, Derek Wood
Best Newscast (Top 7 in the country) The Early Bird's Word---Kate Siefert
Best Women's Basketball Play-by-Play (Top 5)--AU vs. Grand Valley--Derek Wood, Noah Cloonan
Best Use of Facebook (Top 5)---WRDL site---Derek Wood
Best Show Promotion Poster (Top 6)--The Early Bird's Word--Derek Wood

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Andrea Stevenson promotes Columbus Radio Group

Digital Media Production 2014 graduate Andrea Stevenson always loved the radio profession. From her days as on air talent at WRDL to her current position as Promotions Director for Columbus Radio Group, Andrea approached her craft with determination and passion.

In a recent communication with JDM chair Dr. Dave McCoy, Andrea stated that she "really loved her job because one of the biggest perks was that I get to meet a lot of cool celebrities like Ellie Goulding, Charlie Pugh, Rachel Platten, and Andy Grammar." She added that "professional radio promotions is a stressful, but fun, occupation" and that she recommends it to anyone interested in a radio career. Andrea felt that she would not have this important job if she did not work for WRDL in college, as WRDL prepared her for the 24/7 life of a local radio professional.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

AUTV-20 Election Special

Journalism and Digital Media students have spent the past few months working on content for the converged media coverage of the Tuesday November 8 election. Beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday evening, AUTV-20 will broadcast a live five hour show that will cover the results from local, state and national races, feature expert commentary from Ashland University professors John Moser, Roger Beckett, Duncan Jamieson, Jeff Sikkenga, Jason Stevens and Christopher Burkett, and provide a panel discussion with students from the College Republicans, Young Democrats and Young Americans for Liberty.

WRDL 88.9 FM will simulcast the audio from the AUTV -20 special and The Collegian will be reporting with live stories on its online site. There will be a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook Live that will give updates and behind-the-scenes coverage of the JDM production.

JDM department chair Dr. Dave McCoy states that "this production is the most ambitious undertaking in the six year history of JDM" as more than thirty-five majors are working on the election special. Familiar AUTV-20 anchor/reporters Kate Siefert, Connor Dunwoodie, Ingrid Schmidt, Brianna Gannon and Noah Cloonan will provide up-to-date information. The coordinating producers of the telecast are Sean Honaker, Sage Haines, Rebekah Hunter, Renee Borcas and Ingrid Schmidt.

For those who cannot receive the Armstrong Cable feed of AUTV-20, the station can be viewed live at this web stream link or here on AU's JDM page.

Friday, November 4, 2016

WRDL Celebrates College Radio Day

On Friday, November 4, AU’s radio station, WRDL/88.9 FM, observed College Radio Day. All across the country, hundreds of college radio stations will be celebrating the rare format that is college radio.

        2016's theme, "Igniting the Soul of College Radio," paid homage
to the documentary aired in the special simulcast at 2 pm.

Crew members took to campus, passing out flyers and giving away prizes to spread awareness of college radio and of all that WRDL has to offer, much of which isn’t available at other college radio stations across the US. “College radio stations are some of the last independently owned stations – that is, not belonging to large media networks – in the country,” says Derek Wood, student General Manager of WRDL. In addition to it being an independent station, “WRDL is unique because it has an FCC license, something which many college stations don’t have,” adds Wood.

That the city of Ashland is smaller than other college “towns” also creates challenges other college stations don’t have to address. Because Ashland is smaller and more rural than its more urban counterparts, WRDL utilizes a 3,000 watt transmitter to reach listeners in 10 counties. Whereas many other college stations use a smaller transmitter to reach listeners in their own city, WRDL’s coverage spans three area cities and, ultimately, a larger audience.

Throughout the day, WRDL also aired special broadcasts, including two presentations of the documentary “The Soul of College Radio,” one of which was part of a special, one-hour simulcast across all participating College Radio Day stations.

Even President Obama joined in by sending a letter to the College Radio Foundation, the organization in charge of College Radio Day. In the letter, he encouraged people to tune in to their local station, marking November 4 as a day on which “we pay tribute to the ways radio has enabled students – and all of us – to help shape a more inclusive society.”

To learn more about WRDL, or to tune in online, visit!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rachel Gollhardt anchors in Amarillo

2015 JDM graduate Rachel Gollhardt is moving up in the television news profession. After graduation, she accepted a job as a General Assignments reporter for KFDA NewsChannel 10 in Amarillo, Texas. Shortly after starting at KFDA, she was promoted to Morning Reporter on The Early Show. In this role, Rachel is in charge of finding content for her stories that cover the Texas Panhandle, parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle and parts of New Mexico. For the past 7 months she has been anchoring the News at Noon program, which is the number one show in its time period.

Rachel is very happy to have made the decision to leave her hometown in Pennsylvania to pursue a career in another part of the country. She stated that "I have quickly advanced in my career and now I am gaining the experience needed to move to a bigger television market. I thank my professors at Ashland University for my education, as it has certainly helped me become a leader in the newsroom. My advice to students is to follow your dream and apply to places that are out of your comfort zone."