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.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Connor Dunwoodie is new multimedia journalist at WYMT

May 2017 Journalism and Digital Media graduate Connor Dunwoodie was recently hired to be a multimedia journalist at WYMT TV Mountain News in Hazard, Kentucky. Connor will also serve as a fill-in anchor for the eastern Kentucky television station. During his time at JDM, Connor was the General Manager and a news anchor for AUTV 20, the News Director for WRDL radio and a staff writer for The Collegian. One of his most notable experiences with AU media is co-anchoring, with WTOV's Kate Siefert, the live five hour AUTV 20 Election Show in November 2016.

The faculty and staff at JDM is proud of Connor and look forward to following his promising media career.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

JDM honors May 2017 graduates

May 2017 saw the end of the Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media department phase for eight students. These students were recognized leaders and important contributors to the growing impact of JDM and its co-curricular media outlets. Some of these students were national and regional award-winning media honorees. All of them were excellent academic students who are well on their way to successful careers.

The graduates are: Callan Pugh (currently pursuing a journalism position), Connor Dunwoodie (recently hired to be a multimedia journalist and news anchor for a television station in Kentucky),
Chris Snow (working as a full-time sports reporter for the Ashland Times-Gazette), Derek Wood (enrolled in a graduate media program), Kate Siefert (working as a full-time multimedia journalist for both news and sports at WTOV TV in Steubenville, Ohio), Michelle Shi (enrolled in a graduate business program), Sean Honaker (currently pursuing a video production position in Baltimore, Maryland) and Zac Kopp (working for a radio station in Ohio).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fox 8's Todd Meany Visits AU

WJW news anchor and reporter, Todd Meany visited AU's JDM Department on Friday, April 28.  JDM majors and minors were able to attend a talk by Mr. Meany regarding his broadcasting career and his advice for JDM students.

Todd Meany poses with JDM students after his talk.
For more information about Mr. Meany, check out his bio below.
Todd Meany anchors Fox 8 News on weekend mornings, and can be seen on the No. 1-rated Fox 8 News in the Morning program weekdays from 4:30-10:00 a.m.
He grew up in Brook Park and now lives in Fairview Park with his wife, Joy, and their three sons.
Mr. Meany has been with Fox 8 News since November of 2000. Prior to joining Fox 8, he served as both reporter and anchor for WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio. Before that, he spent a few years working at WOAY-TV in Beckley, W.Va.
Mr. Meany is a graduate of Midpark High School and Bowling Green State University.
He also plays harmonica and sings with the Ace Molar band.​

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Kate Siefert launches career at WTOV

JDM congratulates Kate Siefert on her recent hiring at television station WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio. WTOV is an NBC and Fox affiliate that focuses on comprehensive local news and sports for the Upper Ohio Valley. Kate, who will be graduating in May 2017, will begin her career as a news reporter. She is an award winning multimedia journalist and the current Managing Editor for The Collegian and Sports Producer for AUTV 20. A Blog Converged sees big things in her professional future!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

88.9 WRDL Receives IBS Awards

This year, AU's radio station, 88.9 WRDL, was recognized at the 2017 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards in New York City in a variety of categories.  Those from Ashland University receiving honors in the radio category as finalists or winners were:

JDM senior Kate Siefert (top 7)
   - Best Newscast - The Early Bird's Word

JDM senior Derek Wood and JDM sophomore Noah Cloonan (winner)
   - Best Women's Basketball Play-by-Play - AU vs. Grand Valley State

JDM senior Derek Wood (top 5)
   - Best Use of Facebook - WRDL Facebook

JDM senior Derek Wood (top 6)
   - Best Show Promotional Poster - WRDL 

IBS is a not for profit education corporation that seeks to provide information and resources for educational affiliated radio stations.  Each year at its annual international conference, IBS seeks to recognize the exceptional programming of its members.  To learn more about IBS, visit their website

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Instructor Maggie Cogar attends Ohio Scholastic Media Association state conference

Maggie Cogar, professional instructor of journalism and digital media, recently attended the Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) state conference. OSMA is the state scholastic press association for high school journalism students and their advisers. The OSMA state conference was held on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 26 and was attended by over 400 high school students and their advisers.

At the conference, Cogar moderated journalism contests and presented sessions on how to use attribution in journalistic writing and how to create an award-winning publication. As an OSMA Executive Board Member, Cogar was also active in association meetings and as the Journalism Education Association (JEA) state director, Cogar presented the JEA Ohio Journalist of the Year award to senior Emma Steifel from Lakota East High School (pictured) at the state awards banquet Friday night.
Cogar presents the Ohio Journalist of the Year award to
seniors Emma Steifel and Jamie Landers.
Cogar said attending the annual OSMA state conference is one of the most rewarding professional experiences.

“There’s nothing better than being around hundreds of excited high school journalism students. It’s rewarding to be involved in an organization that allows them to celebrate their work and share ideas with other students from all over the state,” she said. “The passion and energy the students bring to the conference is contagious, and you can’t help but feel grateful to be a part of it all.”

Students work on editing news stories and laying out a
newspaper during the OSMA Editor Team Challenge
contest Cogar moderated on Friday afternoon.
Cogar is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Communication and Information with a focus in mass media from Kent State University. She is active in the world of scholastic journalism and serves as an executive board member for the Ohio Scholastic Media Association as well as the state director for the national Journalism Education Association. She recently received a research grant through the JEA and will be using it to fund her dissertation research on censorship in scholastic journalism.