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:
AUTV 20
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
WRDL
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 wrdlfm.com!

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."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

JDM students attend Radio Student Scholars conference

It is not every day that a college media student receives a scholarship to attend a national professional conference. In fact, the chances that two students from the same university academic program garner this honor is very rare. However, Journalism and Digital Media majors Callan Pugh and Sean Honaker are the exceptions to this rule. Callan and Sean received two of only two hundred registration scholarships given to collegiate undergraduates and graduate students for the Student Scholars Program at the 2016 Radio Show conference.

The national conference is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Broadcast Education Association. The conference is geared to young professionals who are working or will work in the radio business. Held in Nashville, the conference featured numerous panels and networking sessions. For Sean and Callan, the experience was enlightening, informative and fruitful. It affirmed their beliefs about a career in the profession and the relevant applied learning they are receiving at Ashland University.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Halee Heironimus excels at the Medina Gazette

Digital Media Journalism May 2016 graduate Halee Heironimus is a talented lady. Halee was the former managing editor of The Collegian, a sideline reporter for the WRDL and AUTV 20 broadcasts of Ashland University football and basketball games and the originating producer/anchor for the AUTV 20 News Break program. She was also a two-time JDM academic scholar. Currently, this award-winning journalist is working as a reporter for the Medina Gazette. In her new job, Halee covers local news in northern Medina County.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Zack Lemon lands job at The Blade

Journalism and Digital Media 2016 graduate Zack Lemon is a busy guy. Zack, the former managing editor of The Collegian, began his professional journalism career months before his May graduation. He worked as reporter for the Mansfield News Journal while still writing for The Collegian and finishing his Ashland University coursework.

Recently, Zack moved to the Toledo Blade as a general assignment reporter. He covers local issues of interest with the same dedication and craftsmanship he demonstrated as an award-winning student journalist at AU.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

JDM students view conference on media and social justice

Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media students intently watched and listened to numerous presenters at the September 22nd Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop. While none of them were in the First Energy Classroom at Kent State University, all of them were engaged as they viewed a live video stream shown in the JDM Converged Newsroom. The day-long event focused on media roles and social justice--important concepts for future media professionals. The JDM session was coordinated by professional instructor Maggie Cogar.

Friday, September 16, 2016

JDM produces AU football games for Sports Time Ohio

As the summer turns to fall, AU football games are one of the successful traditions of the university. To build upon that tradition, the university signed a broadcast contract to air all home games with Sports Time Ohio, a regional sports powerhouse. The Journalism and Digital Media department was then contracted to produce both game coverage and content. The JDM crew was helmed by Operations Manager John Skrada, Skrada formed an expert team of professionals, led by Cleveland Cavaliers Director Dan Sevic, JDM adjunct instructor Paul Ditchey and announcer Brandon Wells, and veteran JDM production majors. Seniors Kate Siefert (sideline reporter) and Derek Wood (color analyst) were part of the announcing team.

The game one ratings drew a .5 (40,000 viewers) rating in the Cleveland market. This number is significant because the AU football telecast beat out Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, ESPN-2,NASCAR on NBCSportschannel, and Cleveland TV stations WUAB and WBNX. The game two ratings grew even higher (.59) as the game broadcast out rated FS-1 (Major League Soccer), ESPN (MLB Sunday Night Baseball), ESPN-2 (Sportscenter) and TBS.

Tune in on Sunday nights to see AU shine. The Findlay game will be re-played on Sept.18 at 6 pm, while the Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 games against Northwood and Walsh will air at a time to be determined.



JDM produces AU home football games

Once again, the department of Journalism and Digital Media is producing all Ashland University home football games for web streaming and broadcast. Home games can be viewed live on the JDM Streaming channel while delayed broadcasts can seen both on Sports Time Ohio and AUTV 20.

JDM Operations Manager John Skrada is the Producer of the telecasts while Cleveland Cavaliers Director Dan Sevic serves as the game Director. The production crew is a blend of veteran JDM majors and a few true freshmen majors. Senior Derek Wood is the color analyst and senior Kate Siefert handles the sideline reporting duties.

The JDM department is Ohio's premiere small college/university converged media program.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Michelle Shi interns with China's Xinhua News Agency

Journalism and Digital Media senior Michelle Shi returned home to China this summer and landed an internship with the Xinhua News Agency's Yunnan branch. Michelle worked as an assistant editor for the rapidly growing online division. She started researching local stories of interest and provided them to her supervisor. The chief editor was so impressed with Michelle's work that the opportunity to write and edit articles for the site was presented to her. Michelle crafted numerous articles during the remainder of her internship. She felt that the experience was invaluable and it would help her as a staff writer for The Collegian. Her goal is to work professionally as a journalist and someday return to China, as JDM's next international storyteller.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tyler Lance interns with 90.3 WCPN Ideastream

JDM junior Tyler Lance spent the summer working on his craft and his passion. For Tyler, the two areas mean the same thing, as he interned at the Cleveland, Ohio public radio station WCPN. He began by shadowing veteran, award-winning news reporters and by the end of the summer Tyler covered stories on his own. He credits this trust to his determination and adaptability. He wrote news stories, edited video for WCPN's Ideastream social media, and read live news over the air.

According to Tyler,"I appreciated the producers' faith in my reporting ability and I feel that I rewarded their faith. I was surprised to discover how patient and supportive everyone was with me. It made me feel like I was back working at WRDL."

Now that Tyler is back on campus, he is excited to bring his new found professional experiences and skills to WRDL. As one of the hosts of The Early Bird's Word, he feels that he will be able to tell stories in new ways and better connect with his listeners. More importantly, he will continue working on his craft and enjoying his passion.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Brandyn Hood starts at WTOV-TV 9

May 2016 Journalism and Digital Media graduate Brandyn Hood is now a Master Control Operator at WTOV-TV 9 in Steubenville, Ohio. Brandyn will work with the NBC affiliate's vast amount of network and local programming, including news and sports coverage.

While at JDM, Brandyn crewed, directed and technical directed various studio and remote programs, such as Ashland University football and basketball games, Eagle News Update, Eagle Sports Update and AUTV 20 News Break.

Aaron Lazar lands coveted Florida job

May 2016 Journalism and Digital Media graduate Aaron Lazar has accepted an offer with SDI/TDI/ERDI in Stuart, Florida. The company is a multi-faceted international dive training agency. Aaron, a trained scuba diver, was a perfect fit for the company's video production position. He will work with the product development team on training and marketing videos.

During his tenure at JDM, Aaron worked on both studio and remote telecasts for AUTV 20. In Spring 2016, he produced and directed the awesome documentary Invasion of Lake Erie.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tim Winterscheid continues radio career in Germany

In 2013, German exchange student Tim Winterscheid came to Ashland University and enrolled in Journalism and Digital Media courses. Tim recounts his experience and updates us on his current job in the following section.

I came to AU in January 2013 with an interest in pursuing a career in the media. At JDM, it was the first time that I had professional journalism and digital media courses in my collegiate experience. I got involved with WRDL radio and AUTV 20. I was inspired by working at these stations and working with (former faculty member) Steve Suess and Dr. Dave McCoy. Steve and Dave were great mentors and when I returned to Germany, I knew that I wanted to work in this business. I am now working for the most popular radio station in Hamburg, Germany and loving it. However, I could never have achieved it without my wonderful time at AU and JDM.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sean Honaker reflects on his internship

Journalism and Digital Media senior Sean Honaker recently completed an internship with the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce. He reflects on the value of this experience in the following post.

Over the course of the last semester, I interned with the dedicated staff at the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce. The experience was all of the usual things a student would describe: rewarding, exciting, and helpful to my career. Above all, my internship taught me a great deal about the field of video production and how I fit into that career. I learned numerous lessons about working production in remote settings and post-production. In fact, I learned a new non-linear editing system during this internship. I mastered Adobe Premier Pro which I can now add to my growing skill set.

Ultimately, my time at the Chamber was an awesome experience, as I worked with some amazing people and developed skills that I first learned in the JDM program. I would recommend the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce as a great place to work for a student internship requirement.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

JDM Students Win AU Academic Honors Awards


JDM majors senior Halee Heironimus, junior Kate Siefert and sophomore Tom Nesbitt were feted at the April 24th AU Academic Honors Convocation. Halee, Kate and Tom were selected based upon their stellar academic achievement and their leadership roles in JDM's co-curricular media outlets. Congratulations to these very deserving JDM students!

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Watch the final Spring 2016 AUTV 20 Eagle Sport Update as co-anchors Tom Prizeman and Kate Siefert report on baseball, softball and track efforts to win GLIAC championships.

Monday, April 25, 2016

INTERNSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Allison Glass

      http://rawtravel.tv                                                                                                                 Allison Glass is a Senior Digital Media Production major, who recently interned for the Raw Travel Television Show. She had this to say about her experiences:

I loved interning with Robert Rose and the Raw Travel team. They are an exceptional group of wanderers, whose only goal is to share the beauty of the world with others. It was a remarkable experience to watch their work unfold and I cherished my time with them.

This internship experience provided me with an intimate understanding of the television business. I was able to edit scripts, transcribe scripts, view and comment on footage, understand the advertising and financial side of the television business, and become a part of collective effort to produce episodes of this television show. This experience was different than the knowledge I have gained working for Ashland's television station, AUTV20, but it was exceptionally valuable to gain a different perspective. AUTV20 provided the foundation of knowledge, the studio production aspect, of the television business, but my time with Raw Travel quickly gave me a new set of goals and experiences to work into my life.

My work at Raw Travel was very different than my experiences in the classroom at Ashland University, but they both have enriched my life and my professional capabilities immensely. I am forever indebted to these institutions for providing me these opportunities to grow and seek the world beyond.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

AUTV 20 Earth Day Programs




Ashland University's campus television station AUTV 20 will feature local and original programming for Earth Day April 22, 2016. The centerpiece of this programming will be the debut of the long-form documentary "Invasion of Lake Erie." Produced and directed by Journalism and Digital Media senior Aaron Lazar, this program examines the negative effect of pesticide runoff into Lake Erie.

AUTV 20 will also debut a short documentary about the environmental sustainability efforts in Ashland county. The documentary was produced by students in the JDM 232 course. Feature interviews with AU associate professor Dr. Andrew Trimble and AU biology student Olivia Widenmeyer will further look at the impact of pollution upon waterways and marshlands. The feature interviews were produced by students in the JDM 213 course.

Monday, April 11, 2016

AUTV 20 News Break debuts new anchor




Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media freshman Ingrid Schmidt debuts as an anchor for AUTV 20 News Break. Ingrid will take over as the full time producer and anchor in Fall 2016. Graduating senior Halee Heironimus originated the program and served as its anchor and producer during the Spring 2016 semester.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Collegian website redesigned

The Collegian website has a new look.

The Ashland University student newspaper, in working with web host TownNews.com, redesigned ashlandcollegian.com. The site launched late Wednesday morning.

The Collegian ended its print edition in December 2015. Adviser Matt Tullis — a former editor-in-chief of the newspaper and now an associate professor of journalism at AU — said the new website was a logical extension of the evolution of the paper.

“When we ended the print edition, we knew we had to spend more time on making the website more appealing,” Tullis said. “The new site is much easier to navigate and looks far less cluttered. We think readers will appreciate the redesign.”

Part of the new site’s appeal, Tullis said, is its visual nature.


“Photos are presented in a much more aesthetic way,” he said, “which means the great work of our student photographers will get the showcase it deserves.”

Stories are also much easier to read, with larger text size and a less-jumbled design.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kate Siefert Awarded 2016 CAB Scholarship


Journalism and Digital Media junior Kate Siefert was recently named one of three student winners of the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters' annual scholarship. The award committee noted that Kate's outstanding academic achievements and her extensive broadcast experience earned her this prestigious award.

JDM Chair Dr. Dave McCoy added that "Kate is very deserving of this award. She was selected over students from many of the larger electronic media programs in Ohio. This feat is a testament to Kate's abilities and the excellent training and mentoring she has received from the faculty and staff of JDM."

Kate will be recognized at the annual CAB Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday April 14th in Cleveland.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

AU Global makes debut on AUTV 20




AUTV 20's newest series is AU Global. The series is the brainchild of JDM senior Martina Baca. Each week, Martina interviews Ashland University international students on a wide range of subjects, including culture, lifestyle and education. In this telecast, she chats with Phillip Balters. Phillip is an exchange student from Germany. He shares his impressions of AU and reflects upon the unique culture of his homeland.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

AUTV 20 Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer interview




Ashland University's Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, Trustees Professor of Chemistry, sat down with Journalism and Digital Media junior Connor Dunwoodie on AUTV 20's "The Eagle's Eye" television program. Dr. Weidenhamer, who is the coordinator for this year's College of Arts and Sciences Symposium Against Indifference, addressed the topic of environmental sustainability.

This interview is the first in a series of television programs produced by AUTV 20 that will relate to environmental subjects to raise awareness for this year's Earth Day.

The program was produced and directed by JDM junior Sean Honaker and crewed by students in the JDM 232 course.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dr. David McCoy selected for IJJMC Editorial Board

JDM Assistant Professor Dr. David McCoy was recently named to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Journalism & Mass Communication. The journal focuses on providing the most complete and reliable source of information on current research in the field of journalism and mass communication. As an online journal, the IJJMC emphasizes publishing quality articles that are both accessible to researchers and relevant to the discipline.

Dr. McCoy joins colleagues from the University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Columbia College and Eastern Michigan University, as well as scholars from colleges in Australia, Japan and South Korea. He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communications Media Studies and the Ohio Communication Journal.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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This AUTV 20 Eagle Sports Update details the new off-season football conditioning rules, an interview with AU Women's Basketball coach Robyn Fralick, a look at the AU Swimming team, a talk with Track coach Jud Logan and an Athlete Spotlight profile of basketball player Wendell Davis.

Eagle Sports Update is produced and anchored by JDM junior Kate Siefert and sophomore Tom Prizeman. The show was directed by JDM senior Colleen Rimmel.

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This Eagle News Update looks at the recent AU Kids and Sibs Weekend, the Theatre Department's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Alexander Hamilton Society's forum about the world's refugee situation, the Greek Day of Service and the Sport Communication Club's upcoming Goalball event.

The telecast was anchored by JDM junior Connor Dunwoodie and senior Martina Baca. It was directed by JDM senior Zack Lindesmith. It was recorded in the Department of Journalism and Digital Media's TV Studio A.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

JDM 213 produces #howdoyouAU Athletics video




Journalism and Digital Media majors in the JDM 213 Professional Practice-Television course recently produced a video about AU Athletics. Juniors Erich Metze and Janie Yount, along with sophomores Tommy Nesbitt and Megan Harvey, interviewed AU Athletic Director Al King Head Track and Field Coach Jud Logan about the community outreach provided by AU athletes.

These videos are part of an ongoing series produced by three different JDM production teams.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Join JDM senior producer and anchor Halee Heironimus for this telecast of AUTV 20's News Break. The program features updates on AU Sibs and Kids weekend activities, the Fourth Annual Fit Fest, a recap of Thursday night's AU Basketball games and the latest local 5 day weather forecast.

The program was directed by JDM junior Sean Honaker and crewed by students in the JDM 232 course. It was recorded in JDM's TV Studio A.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

JDM 213 Students Produce Greek Life Video




Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media students enrolled in the JDM 213 Professional Practice-Television course this semester have been busy recording and editing a series of promotional videos. JDM students are working in collaboration with senior AU Marketing major Katie May to produce unique videos that reflect various campus organizations. These videos are slated to coordinate with AU's upcoming Day of Caring.

Dr. Dave McCoy is the instructor of the JDM 213 course.

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Watch AUTV 20's News Break as JDM senior anchor Halee Heironimus reports on former major league baseball player Al Oliver's appearance for a Black History Month program, the AU Theatre Department's upcoming production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, an AU Basketball recap, the results of the recent Grammy Awards and the latest 5 day local weather forecast.

The telecast was directed by JDM junior Kate Siefert and it was recorded in the Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media Department's TV Studio A. Dr. Dave McCoy is the series Executive Producer and John Skrada is the Operations Manager for AUTV 20.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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The latest AUTV 20 Eagle Sports Update features stories on the AU Baseball team's selection as the preseason GLIAC South division leader, AU Women's Basketball profiles, AU Men's Basketball recap, the AU Men's and Women's Swimming teams and a look at the AU Wrestling team. The Athlete Spotlight showcased AU Basketball player McKenzie Miller.

Eagle Sports Update was produced and anchored by junior Kate Siefert and sophomore Tom Prizeman and directed by senior Colleen Rimmel. It was recorded in the department of Journalism and Digital Media's Studio A.

Dr. Dave McCoy is the Faculty Advisor and John Skrada is the Operations Manager for AUTV 20.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

JDM alumnus wins Missouri statewide awards

Former Collegian managing editor and sports editor Chris Bils (2014) was recognized for his work as a sports reporter in a statewide competition among Missouri newspapers.

Bils is a sports reporter for the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Missouri. He won two of the newspaper's nine awards in the Associated Press Managing Editors competition, including a first place honor.

The first place award came in the Sports Feature Writing category. Bils wrote "Captain Kadence," a story about a 6-year-old named Kadence Hailey, who suffers with a kidney disease called Alport Syndrome. The Benton High School football team invited Kadence to practice and made him an honorary captain for a game in October. Bils also made a video story to accompany the award-winning piece.

Bils also won second place for Spot Sports, with his story "Another Masterpiece." This story was a game story from the Division II football national championship game, which Northwest Missouri State won.

Monday, February 8, 2016

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The latest AUTV 20 Eagle News Update features stories on the upcoming AU Bridal Show, the Love Your Melon organization, student perspectives on the Super Bowl and the recent renovations at the AU Recreational Center. Produced and directed by JDM junior Connor Dunwoodie and anchored by JDM senior Halle Heironimus and JDM junior Andrew Clough, the telecast was crewed by students in the JDM 232 class.

Dr. Dave McCoy is the series Executive Producer and John Skrada is the Operations Manager.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

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AUTV 20's News Break returns with stories on the upcoming CAS Symposium Against Indifference guest speaker, the AU Bridal Show, AU Football's new recruits, Basketball game recaps and the latest local 5 day weather forecast. The telecast is produced and anchored by JDM senior Halee Heironimus, directed by JDM junior Sean Honaker, and crewed by students in the JDM 232 class. The show was recorded in the Journalism and Digital Media department's TV Studio A.

Dr. Dave McCoy is the series Executive Producer and John Skrada is the Operations Manager.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Stay tuned to the Ashland JDM blog for the latest news on the department and student media. Be sure to catch AUTV-20's newest program News Break on this blog site. New stories on JDM students, alumni and faculty will be forthcoming.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Video of Dr. Rinehart memorial available

The Department of Journalism and Digital Media live-streamed the Dr. Don Rinehart memorial, held in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on Thursday, as a service to the university community.

You can watch the video by clicking here.