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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tom Nesbitt shines at WVMC internship

Journalism and Digital Media senior Tom Nesbitt has a passion for radio. He is known as WRDL's"Sweet T" and a man who is equally suited for talent and production work. During the Summer of 2017, Tom worked more than 100 hours for his internship at WVMC in Mansfield, Ohio. Here Tom worked with his radio mentor and former JDM audio instructor Scott Saunders.

During his internship, Tom learned some new audio software programs and he studied the Federal Communication System's Radio Rules pamphlet to ensure that WVMC met FCC public file compliance. His greatest takeaway from the internship was "how much the field of radio requires thorough preparation, especially as time is concerned." Tom adds that "my internship at WVMC provided me with experience that shall be valuable to my future career, especially working in multiple formats and genres."

Sunday, September 3, 2017

JDM holds first class in the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence Classroom

JDM Professional Instructor Maggie Cogar and her JDM 307: Advanced Reporting and Editing class were the first Ashland University course to use the newly designed Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence Classroom. Maggie attended the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (CITE) session during the Fall 2017 Faculty College Week and felt that the collaborative work space and flexible technology was a great fit for her advanced journalism course. Maggie will also hold the JDM 303: Media Law and Ethics course in the CITE this semester.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

JDM Alum Halee Heironimus garners Best Reporter in Ohio award

Journalism and Digital Media May 2016 graduate Halee Heironimus recently won the first place award for the 2016 Best Newspaper Reporter in Ohio. Halee, who writes for the Medina Gazette, earned this honor in the Ohio's Best Journalism Contest, which was sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists---Cleveland Chapter.

During her time at Ashland University, Halee was the managing editor of The Collegian, a sports sideline reporter for both WRDL and AUTV 20, and the founding producer/anchor of AUTV 20's News Break program. She was also a two time academic award winner.