Friday, February 9, 2018

Collegian and AU-Live Win Ohio News Media Association Awards

Students from the Collegian newspaper and AU-Live website won multiple awards at the Ohio News Media Association (ONMA) state convention in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 8, including third in the state for Best Website.

In the Ohio Collegiate Division, the Collegian staff also brought home a second place for overall publication design and third places in the categories of photojournalism and sports coverage.
The Collegian special edition of the women's basketball National Championship game in 2017 garnered unique praise from the judging panel, which is comprised of newsroom professionals from across the state.
“This entry is carried by the special section on the women's basketball team winning the national title,” the judges wrote. “Photos, stories, and graphic elements all make this work. Very well done.”
The paper was also recognized for strong and consistent news design and for overall sports coverage, both of which were judged using multiple issues of the submitted publication.

“Being honored in these categories especially is a big deal,” Maggie Cogar, media adviser and professional instructor in the journalism and digital media department, said. “These categories aren't just judged on one page or one story, but on multiple issues from this school year and last. Winning in these categories shows the consistency of the student work from issue to issue and school year to school year.”

Bree Gannon, a junior digital media production major, was also recognized individually for her photographs from the National Championship game.

“Hearing I was recognized from the National Championship game was a really good feeling,” she said. “Going from a major I wasn't happy in to JDM, where I can strive to my full potential and be rewarded for it, is amazing. The JDM program has truly blessed me.”

Cogar said what is most inspiring was the attitude the students had after leaving the conference.

“I'm proud of the work all my students do on a daily basis and these awards help celebrate that work,” Cogar said. “But these awards cannot truly capture the spirit and work ethic these student journalists show each and every day. Even after leaving the conference, the students were already discussing ways to improve their media content and design. There’s this mindset with JDM students that ‘we’re good, but we can be better,’ and I love that. They are constantly pushing themselves to grow.”

At the conference, students also attended sessions and got to hear from Morley Piper, a special keynote speaker who fought in World War II and later served as the director of the New England Newspaper Association.

Journalism and digital media students in attendance at the conference included (left to right) Sam Didion (sophomore), Bree Gannon (junior), Kaitlyn Moore (junior) and Renee Borcas (senior).

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

AUTV 20 Sports Break expands for Spring 2018

AUTV 20 SPORTS BREAK has expanded from three to five weekly telecasts in 2018. This is the second year that SPORTS BREAK has aired on the Journalism and Digital department-produced channel.

Producer-Anchors for this semester are: Noah Cloonan, Bree Gannon, Tyler Lance, Paul Murray, Justin Davis and Samantha Didion. SPORTS BREAK can be seen on AUTV 20 or on the JDM AUTV 20 Youtube channel.

AUTV 20 News Break returns for Spring 2018 semester

The AUTV 20 award-winning newscast NEWS BREAK returns for the Spring 2018 semester. AUTV Station Manager and Producer Ingrid Schmidt anchors this telecast. NEWS BREAK anchors for the semester will be Ingrid Schmidt, Renee Borcas, Tom Nesbitt, Rachel Ramsey and Jake Rayman.

Catch the program daily on AUTV 20 or on the JDM YouTube channel.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

AUTV 20 and WRDL win IBS Finalist Awards

For the second year in a row, AUTV 20 and WRDL 88.9 FM were selected for multiple Finalist Awards by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. AUTV 20 was recognized in five different categories and WRDL was honored in three different categories. AUTV 20 and WRDL faculty advisor Dr. Dave McCoy remarked that "these awards are a tribute to the hard work, dedication and creative abilities of our JDM co-curricular media students."  McCoy added that "the IBS Awards are one of the longest-running and noteworthy collegiate media competitions in the country."
JDM honorees are invited to the national convention to be held in early March in New York City. The Finalist Awards and the National First Place Awards will be handed out during the ceremony.

The following list designates the categories and the students recognized for their work.

Best Use of YouTube (top 5 in the country)  Ingrid Schmidt

Best Use of Instagram (top 6)     Ingrid Schmidt

Best Talk Program (top 6)   Eagle's Eye   Waylon O'Donnell, Michaela Ping, Ingrid Schmidt

Best Newscast (Video/TV) (top 6)   AUTV 20  News Update  Renee Borcas, Connor Dunwoodie, Sean Honaker, Paul Murray. Callan Pugh, Ingrid Schmidt

Best Sports Interview Program (top 3)    The AU Wrestling Spotlight   Renne Borcas, Trae Coopwood, Erich Metze

Best Sports Play-by-Play, Women's Basketball (top 6)   AU National Championship Game  Noah Cloonan and Tyler Lance  WRDL won this category in last year's IBS competition.

Best Event Promo (top 5)   AU Basketball   Tom Nesbitt

Best Station Promotional Poster (top 6)   WRDL Tailgate Party  WRDL Staff 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

JDM congratulates December 2017 graduates

The Journalism and Digital Media department congratulates its December 2017 graduates. Vince Lester is a Digital Media Production major who hosted The Early Bird's Word morning show on WRDL and served as the production director for the station. Vince also was the audio operator for many of the AUTV 20 and Sports Time Ohio telecasts of Ashland University sporting events. Hannah Predojev is a Digital Media Journalism major who was a staff writer for The Collegian newspaper. Torin Wetzel is a Digital Media Journalism minor who wrote for The Collegian and played varsity basketball at AU.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

AU LIVE JDM's converged multi-media website debuts

The Journalism and Digital Media department recently unveiled its new converged, multimedia news and programming website AU LIVE. The site is the first fully converged student media website in Ohio. It was developed in Spring 2017 by students in the JDM 246 Multimedia Reporting class. Led by JDM senior and web producer Renee Borcas, the site was refined during the summer and made its debut at the October 26 JDM Open House event.

JDM documentary screens at Atlanta film festival

Alternate Route, a health care documentary produced by Dr. Dave McCoy and John Skrada, recently was screened at the American Public Health Association film festival in Atlanta, Georgia. The documentary was a cooperative effort between the Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media department and the Communication Studies department at Berry College. Berry College assistant professor Kim Field-Springer was the co-producer of the documentary.

Alternate Route can be viewed on Ashland's own AUTV 20.