Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Collegian is a finalist in ONA college newspaper competition

The Collegian is a five-time finalist in four categories in the Ohio Newspaper Association’s annual Collegiate Newspaper and Website Competition.

The Collegian has two of the three finalists in the In-Depth Reporting category. The stories selected as finalists were written by Chris Bils and Zack Lemon. Bils, who graduated in May and is now a reporter at the St. Joseph News Press in Missouri, wrote a story that looked at the cutting of the men’s soccer team. Lemon, a junior and now the managing editor of the newspaper, wrote a story controversial recommendations former President Frederick Finks made to the university's Board of Trustees.

The Collegian is also a finalist in News Coverage, Sports Coverage and Best Website. 

The 1,500-circulation, weekly newspaper has won numerous awards in the ONA contest over the last few years, and has also been named the Best Non-Daily College Newspaper in Ohio by the Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AUTV20 rebroadcasts documentary 9/11 Remembered on 13th anniversary

On the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, AUTV20 is rebroadcasting the documentary, 9/11 Remembered.

Produced by Journalism and Digital Media in September of 2011, in association with the Ashland Film Group, 9/11 Remembered looks back on that fateful day from the perspective of the Ashland University community.

You can watch 9/11 Remembered at 10:30am, 3pm, 5:30pm and 11pm on AUTV20. You can watch the documentary any time on the JDM YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

JDM Streaming AU home football games this fall

JDM's hard working remote production crew will again stream all five AU home football games live this fall. Games will also rebroadcast on AUTV20.

"Because we lost several seniors who were regulars on our remote production crew, like a sports team, we had to reload with incoming freshman." AUTV20 Advisor Tim McCarty said. "The new folks all did great!"

As most live remote productions go, JDM's first broadcast was not without a few glitches.

"Beside some first game jitters by our inexperienced crew, our biggest problem for the first game was a technical problem that kept our stream from showing up on the JDM Streaming web page. But we've fixed that and are ready to go Saturday night!" McCarty said.

For those who missed Game 1, you can see a rebroadcast on AUTV20, or at a direct link to the feed.

Game 2 will stream live on the JDM's Streaming page starting on Saturday, September 13th at 7pm.

Tullis participates in Nieman Storyboard post

This week, Nieman Storyboard, a project of the NiemanFoundation for Journalism at Harvard University, has been publishing reading lists from some of the top narrative journalism professors in the country.

Today, Matt Tullis, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Digital Media at Ashland University and host of Gangrey: ThePodcast, was included in Nieman Storyboard’s post. Tullis also serves as the adviser to The Collegian.

Other faculty members who were asked to give examples of what their students were reading are teaching at places like ColumbiaUniversity’s Graduate School of Journalism, the Indiana University School of Journalism, and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  

Tullis, whose JDM 407 Narrative Journalism is being taught on Wednesday nights this semester, has arranged to have nationally-prominent magazine writers Skype into class every week. Students are reading stories by those reporters and then get the chance to talk with them and ask them questions for up to an hour each Wednesday.

So far, the class has spoken with Mike Sager, who writes for Esquire and has a long and storied career as a narrative journalist and novelist, and Michael Kruse of the Tampa Bay Times. Throughout the rest of the semester, students will get to talk with reporters from Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, New York, and Vanity Fair, among others.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

JDM student's hosting gig offers real-world TV experience

Collegian Sports Editor, Kevin Stoicovy
For JDM senior and Collegian Sports Editor, Kevin Stoicovy, the prospect of showing up on campus and only working in one type of media simply wasn't an option. As JDM's most recent graduates proved, a successful major in the program must have a full range of media production experiences.

Which is why when he was asked to host the 2014 Ashland University Football Preview Show, Stoicovy jumped at the opportunity.

"The experience of hosting the football preview show on TV was a culmination of effort and work done in the classroom that will make me more confident and marketable in a competitive job environment." Stoicovy said.

JDM aerials of the Troop Center
For AUTV20 Advisor Tim McCarty, providing real-world experience is an important component of JDM because it helps students prepare for the demands of a converged media industry.

"This is not an easy assignment for the host. We produce this piece exactly how ESPN, or Fox Sports Cleveland would produce it as the turn-around from shoot to air is less than two weeks. We typically shoot the host stand-ups in one day in and around Jack Miller Stadium. The demands we placed on Kevin were exactly the same demands placed on any professional sports reporter." McCarty said.

Despite the challenges of the TV experience, Stoicovy thought his confidence showed in his performance on camera.

"I felt I was prepared thanks to my experience in the classroom at AU and at previous internships I've had. Not only did I feel confident in front of the camera, but I felt comfortable as well, it something I did not have before I started working with AUTV20." Stoicovy said.

The 2014 Ashland Football Preview Show hosted by Kevin Stoicovy airs at 6am, 1pm, 8pm and 11pm  on AUTV20, or check out the show online at the JDM YouTube Channel!

Monday, August 25, 2014

AUTV20 airs first news update of fall semester

The JDM news team lead by senior Chelsi Howman produced the first Eagle News Update of the fall semester on AUTV20.

The first episode of the ENU features interviews with new Interim President, Dr. William Crothers, and new Interim Provost, Dr. Doug Fiore respectively. JDM senior Rachel Gollhardt contributed with a look at the Prioritization process now underway at AU.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AUTV20 shows off unique aerial shots around campus

Viewers who tune in at the top of every hour to JDM's 24/7 cable outlet on Armstrong, AUTV20, will see AU's campus from a unique perspective in the coming days.

Five new AUTV20 station IDs (Station Identifiers) began airing this week featuring spectacular aerial footage from a drone-mounted HD camera dubbed, "JDM-1." The short spots also feature the voice talent of WRDL 88.9FM Advisor, Steve Suess.

The unique video perspective comes courtesy of JDM Operations Manager, John Skrada's newest "toy," a four prop drone with an HD camera hanging on a gimbal underneath. 

"Flying the drone takes a bit a practice to learn but I flew it a lot this summer around my old high school football field and was impressed with how good the video looks." Skrada said. "The footage this system produces rivals very expensive helicopter shots."

For AUTV20 Advisor, Tim McCarty, it's classic John Skrada.

"Whether it's the production truck he built that JDM uses for our sports productions, or helping students edit, or a camera on a drone, John has an incredible passion for creating and helping our students create high quality media. We are so lucky to have him!" McCarty said.

Matt Tullis, an associate professor of journalism and the advisor to The Collegian, said Skrada is the glue that holds the department together.

"His adding a drone to his collection of industry-standard broadcast production equipment is just one more example of how John dramatically improves the look of AUTV20 productions," Tullis said. More importantly, he is giving our students the opportunity to learn another set of skills."

Check out all of the new aerial station IDs on the JDM YouTube Channel and look for more aerial footage this semester on AUTV20!