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!

Monday, August 18, 2014

AUTV20 EXCLUSIVE: AU Interim President sits down for a candid interview

Dr. William Crothers, AU's newly appointed Interim President stopped by JDM's Center for the Arts studio last week and talked with Zack Lemon, Managing Editor of The Collegian. In a wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Crothers spoke candidly about many of the issues facing Ashland University moving forward.

You can check out all of JDM's video library on our YouTube Channel and on AUTV20.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

JDM Internship Spotlight: Kevin Stoicovy

Stoicovy interviews University of Pittsburgh Men's Basketball Coach Jaime Dixon
JDM's Internship Spotlight for August is senior Kevin Stoicovy, who spent his summer working as a Sports Reporter:

Each summer, JDM students build a foundation of skills through class work, labs, practical experiences and internships working towards the ultimate goal of graduate school, or an entry level position in media. While the department placed 100% of last year's seniors, a new year brings a new crop of JDM majors who spent this summer honing media crafts around the country. For the next few weeks, A Blog Converged will highlight where our majors interned, their responsibilities and what JDM courses helped them to achieve a successful internship:

Your Name: Kevin Stoicovy
Title/Position: Sports Reporter
-Creating sports content for the sports segment of the evening news shows
-Editing video for playback on air
-Writing scripts used on the Teleprompter by the sports anchor
Specific classes/skills that have helped you in your position and how?
JDM 336 Broadcast Reporting was extremely helpful in writing scripts for on air content as well as editing video used for the news. Much of the experience I've had with shooting video for AUTV20 at sporting events has been very helpful as well.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

JDM Grad Earns Reporting Job Thanks to his Converged Skills

JDM May graduate Chris Bils (pictured left) has just landed a reporting job at the St. Joseph News-Press (26,000 circ.) in St. Joseph, Missouri. Chris will be covering the Northwest Missouri State football beat along with one of the three city high schools.

The paper shares a newsroom with the local Fox affiliate FOX 26 KNPN, so they were looking for someone who could not only write for the paper, but contribute content to the TV station as well. Chris says they wanted someone to be able to do live shots from Friday night football games and video sports features throughout the week.

Chris says, "Thank you for creating a program that so directly led to this wonderful opportunity. I'm excited to be able to carry the JDM flag along with Elizabeth, Becca, Ryan and everyone else who bought in and is now seeing the payoff from all of those long nights in the office and editing lab."

Chris was part of a stellar 2014 JDM graduating class which included Ryan Sampson, who is headed to graduate school at Elon University; Becca Ribley, who is reporting for WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI; Elizabeth Bucheit, who is a production assistant at ESPN; Kristin Yenny, who is a Video Production Specialist for Momentum Media; and Melanie Sudar, who is a Video Production Specialist for Spire Advertising.  

Congratulations to all of our amazing graduates and good luck! 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

JDM Seniors Featured on AU Hompage

JDM Seniors Rebecca Ribley and Elizabeth Bucheit are now featured on the AU website. They are being recognized for scoring fantastic post-graduation jobs. Ribley was hired as a reporter at the ABC Affiliate in Wausau, Wisconsin, and Bucheit will start her position as a Production Assistant at ESPN in July. Both credit their JDM education for putting them in a position to obtain their dream jobs. You can read the full story here.

Friday, April 25, 2014

JDM seniors begin new media adventures

JDM students finished the 2014 spring semester television production schedule with a flourish producing and airing the second Ashland Co. Commissioner debate live and the last News Update on AUTV20.

AUTV20 Advisor Tim McCarty was pleased with their strong finish, "To end with an hour-long live program simulcast on radio and TV and also a newscast during the week before finals, says a lot about the quality of these students." McCarty said.

For JDM seniors this time of transition means as one media experience ends, another begins.

Chris Bils is applying for journalism and media positions.
Elizabeth Bucheit was hired by ESPN in Bristol, CN.
Marin Haba is interviewing for journalism and media positions.
Ryan Sampson was accepted into the graduate Interactive Media program at Elon University in North Carolina.
Melanie Sudar was hired by Spire Marketing in Ashland, Ohio.
Rebecca Ribley was hired as a Reporter by the ABC affiliate, WAOW in Wisconsin.
Kristen Yenny is interviewing at Monumentum Media Group.
"I speak for all of us at JDM when I say, we're very proud of this group!" McCarty said.

JDM recognizes student excellence at 2014 banquet

JDM students, staff and faculty gathered at the Convo to recognize excellent achievement for the 2013-2014 year.

Awards were given out by each of the three student media advisors: Tim McCarty, Steve Suess and Matt Tullis.

JDM department chair, Dr. Gretchen Dworznik awarded the department student MVP award.

Please help us congratulate the following students:
Outstanding Senior: Rebecca Ribley
Outstanding Contributor: Ashley Santore
Outstanding Newcomer: Nick Klecker

Outstanding Senior: Ben Black
Outstanding Contributor: Chris Beisel 
Outstanding Newcomer: Derek Wood

Outstanding Senior - Chris Bils
Outstanding Contributor - Halee Heironimus
Outstanding Newcomer - Zack Lemon

And JDM's MVP (Voted on by JDM students): Rebecca Ribley

Friday, April 11, 2014

ON AUTV-20: New episode of CAS Spotlight features AU Creative Writing program

The latest episode of the CAS Spotlight shined the light on Ashland University's acclaimed Creative Writing MFA program. Joining host Rebecca Ribley in the spotlight were Dr. Stephen Haven and Sarah Wells.

You can catch this episode on AUTV-20, or on the JDM YouTube Channel!

ON AUTV-20: News Update

Changing Library hours, an URCA researcher profile and Easter favorites headline this edition of AUTV-20's Eagle News Update.

This edition was produced by JDM senior Marin Haba and directed by senior Ryan Sampson. Check out this Update and all of JDM's other video work on JDM's YouTube Channel!

Monday, April 7, 2014

STAY TUNED: AUTV-20 set to broadcast second Ashland Co. Commissioner Debate LIVE

AUTV-20's production team is prepping the second of two live Ashland County Commissioner Debates from their Center for the Arts Studio on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm.

Catch the first debate recorded on April 3rd at 6am, Noon and 6pm on AUTV-20 and on the JDM YouTube Channel.

Monday, March 31, 2014

ON THE AIR: Latest News Update airing on AUTV-20

Hard decisions for incoming freshman, changes in Convo hours and anti-bullying tips headline the latest edition of JDM's Eagle News Update airing now on AUTV-20.

This edition was produced by senior Rebecca Ribley, directed by senior Ryan Sampson and anchored by senior Logan Gay and freshman Zac Kopp.

You can watch this update and a whole lot more on JDM's YouTube Channel!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Latest news update airing on AUTV-20

A search for a new university president, changes in compensation for AU RAs and a senior Theatre student's artistic senior project headline this edition of JDM's latest Eagle News Update.

Produced by JDM senior Rebecca Ribley and anchored by sophomores Zach Lindesmith and Hallie Carrino, you can catch all the latest AU News and more on AUTV-20 and the JDM YouTube channel.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New WRDL Morning Show is Flying High

The new WRDL-FM has come a long way since adviser Steve Suess took over almost two years ago. But one of the stand out changes now getting some well deserved recognition is the morning show "Early Bird's Word." The show is hosted  on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7-9am by juniors Kate Lentz and Chris Beisel (pictured). The show focuses on live, local content from both the campus and the city. Ashland University Public Relations recently came out to do a story about the show, and that article is now featured on the AU website. Click here to check it out. Thanks to Steve Hannan and his crew for giving us the opportunity to showcase just one of the many exciting things our JDM students do!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

CAS Spotlight features JDM Associate Professor Matt Tullis' journalism podcast project

JDM Associate Professor Matt Tullis sat down with senior Rebecca Ribley on AUTV-20's CAS Spotlight to talk about his popular podcast focusing on narrative journalism and the journalists who write it.

Gangrey the Podcast features Tullis' interviews with the nation's top journalist from Esquire, ESPN Magazine and the Tampa Bay Times on their award-winning work.

Catch the latest CAS Spotlight airing now on AUTV-20 and on the JDM YouTube Channel.

Monday, February 24, 2014

BREAKING: Latest Eagle News Update airing on AUTV-20

JDM's crew of multimedia journalists produced their latest news update airing now on the air and online. This edition was anchored by JDM junior Zack Lemon, sophomore Chelsi Howman, produced by senior Marin Haba and directed by senior Ryan Sampson.

The Eagle News Update is a production of Ashland University's Journalism and Digital Media department. Catch the latest news from Ashland on AUTV-20, or on the JDM YouTube Channel.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

JDM streams 2014 AUFB Signing Day Press Conference live

Eagles Head Football Coach Lee Owens welcomed the newest members of the AU football team at a press conference on National Signing Day.

JDM streamed the event live and will rebroadcast the press conference on AUTV-20 and on the JDM YouTube Channel.

CAS Spotlight features new Communication Studies MAHRC

JDM's CAS Spotlight recently shined the light of innovation on Dr. Theodore Avtgis, chair of the Communication Studies department at Ashland University recently when he stopped by our Center for the Arts Studios to talk about their new online Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication degree.

JDM senior Rebecca Ribley hosts the CAS Spotlight on AUTV-20. This student-produced talk show features the many great programs, faculty and staff in Ashland University's College of Arts & Sciences.

You can catch the latest CAS Spotlight on AUTV-20, or the JDM YouTube Channel!

AUTV-20 interviews with President Finks

AUTV-20 reporter Zach Lemon sat down in JDM's Center for the Arts Studio with Ashland University's President Dr. Fred Finks recently for a wide ranging conversation on the state of the University.

You can see to the interview on the JDM YouTube Channel, or on AUTV-20.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

AUTV-20 produces first Eagle News Update of 2014

The JDM news operation produced their first Eagle News Update of the new year. Produced by seniors Rebecca Ribley and directed by senior Ryan Sampson, this edition features stories on the cold weather and on the CBS basketball show produced on campus.

You can catch the latest on AUTV-20 this week, or on our YouTube Channel, or, on our FB page!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

JDM students, faculty and staff hired by CBS to produce AUWBB in Kates Gym

On Saturday January 11, 2014, the AU Women's Basketball game against Michigan Tech was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. On the crew were three JDM seniors and two JDM faculty. Seniors Elizabeth Bucheit (pictured left), Chris Bils, and Ryan Sampson were hired by CBS to run various support positions during the broadcast. AUTV-20 Adviser Tim McCarty was on hand-held camera under the basket, and JDM Operations Manager John Skrada was on a hand-held camera at center court. The students were given the opportunity because of Skrada's connections with CBS through his own free-lance work.

"Because our faculty are still actively working in the media field,  JDM was able to facilitate this opportunity for our students. And because our students are extremely well-trained and all have remote broadcast experience, CBS was more than happy to hire them. Networks don't normally hire students when they come to broadcast games, so it's just a great example of the really unique opportunities we are able to provide that other media programs cannot," said JDM Chair, Dr. Gretchen Dworznik.

You can see more pictures from the game on the JDM Facebook page at