Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media Students Receive National Awards

Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media Students Receive National Awards

1/3/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Several Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media (JDM) students received finalist awards for their work with the University’s radio and television stations in the national Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards competition.

“The great thing about these honors is that we had finalists in both the radio and television categories in the national IBS awards competition,” said Dr. David McCoy, chair of AU’s JDM department. “This clearly conveys the converged media approach exhibited by JDM, as judged by blind peer reviews. Moreover, it enhances the fact the JDM is Ohio’s premiere small college/university academic media program.”

The finalist trophies and the first place awards will be presented at the national convention in New York in the spring of 2017.  Many of the AU nominees will be attending that convention and awards presentation.

McCoy said these awards are a first for WRDL 88.9 FM in the JDM era and it is believed that is the first time for a national award notification in the 50-year history of WRDL. “As the faculty advisor for the radio station, I am proud of the work of all student radio participants,” he said.

Those receiving honors in the radio category were:

·         Best Newscast (Top 7) - The Early Bird’s Word-----Kate Siefert

·         Best Women's Basketball Play-by-Play (Top 5) - AU vs. Grand Valley State----Derek Wood & Noah Cloonan

·         Best Use of Facebook (Top 5) - WRDL Facebook----Derek Wood

·         Best Show Promotional Poster (Top 6) - WRDL----Derek Wood

A number of AU TV-20 students were recognized in the television category, with those honored including:

·         Best Newscast (top 5 in the country) - Eagle News Update  11/12/15---Andrew Clough, Colleen Rimmel, Connor Dunwoodie, Halee Heironimus, Sean Honaker

·         Best Sports Program (top 4 in the country) - Sports Update 4/28/16----Kate Siefert and Tom Prizeman

·         Best Sports Play-by-Play (top 3 in the country) - Ursuline vs. Ashland basketball game-----Erich Metze, Brandon Hood, Sean Honaker, Noah Cloonan, Derek Wood

AU’s JDM program of radio, television and print journalism was created when the department converged its curriculum in 2010 in an effort to meet the challenges students will face upon entering an ever-converging media world.

" Ashland's JDM program was indeed on the forefront of new media education regionally and nationally in 2010,” McCoy said. “Our program continues to be a model of rigorous academics reinforced by real-world experiential learning opportunities for 21st century journalists.”

The program was recognized in 2012 as one of 47 journalism programs in the country that has fully converged its print and broadcast curriculum. Ashland University’s JDM program was the only journalism program in Ohio that received this distinction on the list of approximately 500 colleges and universities from across the country that have journalism programs.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###