Friday, March 23, 2012

JDM and Ashland Film Group sponsor 48 Hour Film contest

Light...block...shoot! JDM students in the Ashland Film Group will take a 48-hour film contest challenge at the end of the month. Filmmaking teams are handed a set of requirements that must be incorporated into their films and a film length. The AFG contest starts Friday, March 30th at 7pm and teams must deliver finished 3-5 minute films by Sunday, April 1st at 7pm.

Matt Tullis, Gretchen Dworznik and Dave McCoy will judge finished films along with student judge Freshman Chris Beisel.

Collegian staff covers DII Championship in San Antonio

With a little time to kill in between Ashland Women's Basketball victories, Collegian Sports Editor Chris Bils, Managing Editor Justine Ackerman and Photographer Dan Shade hit the hot spots.

They'll have full coverage of tonight's final at

Today's Collegian front page!

Look for it on campus now! For full coverage and photos from Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, go to
The Collegian - March 23, 2012 front page

NCAA DII Championhip game to air locally on WMFD

The NCAA DII Championship game featuring our very own AU Lady Eagles will air tonight on CBS Sports Network (DirectTV) and locally on WMFD (Armstrong CH39).

Go Eagles!

Monday, March 19, 2012

JDM wraps a very successful basketball TV production schedule

Thanks to an amazing season by the AU Women's basketball team, JDM was able to contribute in a small way by televising the Women's Regional Final game last Monday from Kates Gym on AU TV20 to the community.

"It was a once-in-decade chance for the department to place our production students in a unique multi-camera production 'lab,' and turn them loose." said Tim McCarty, Interim Chair of Journalism and Digital Media department. "March Madness is so easy to watch this time of year but these types of productions are extremely tough to produce for the TV networks, much less a college media program. We think our students did a terrific job covering the game!" McCarty said.

While JDM produced two AU basketball games and four local high school games this semester, this event was the highest profile and slightly different because the Regional Final game required JDM apply for broadcast rights, which must be granted by the NCAA.

"Because this was an NCAA event and not an AU event, broadcast rights were required to televise the game." said McCarty. Per the NCAA rules, the department had a strict window to rebroadcast the game on AU TV20 before removing it from the schedule.

Look for more local Academic, Arts and Athletic-based local programming on AU TV20 Armstrong!

New Career Seach Tool for JDM Majors

AU Career Services has a great new tool for searching internships and jobs called CareerShift. Sign up here! Create a FREE account with your AU ID. Once you have an account set up you can create detailed searches, manage contacts and target specific areas of the country. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FOX8 Meteorologist speaks to JDM class

On February 24, Fox8 Meteorologist Scott Sabol came to speak with the students from the Multimedia Journalism class. Sabol talked about how the business of television is changing, and added that students need to learn as many skills as they can in order to make themselves more marketable upon graduation. He also talked about how social media has changed the daily routine of reporters, anchors, and even meteorologists.

The Multimedia Journalism class is part of the new curriculum created by the Department of Journalism and Digital Media. The new curriculum took effect in Fall 2011, and focuses on teaching students how to produce content for multiple platforms -- web, print, and broadcast -- instead of allowing them to focus only on one.