Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media Students Receive National Awards

Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media Students Receive National Awards

1/26/18 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 2018.  Many of the AU nominees will be attending that convention and awards presentation.

Those receiving honors in the WRDL 88.9 radio category were:

·         Best Sports Play-by-Play, Women's Basketball (Top 6) - AU National Championship Game: Noah Cloonan and Tyler Lance. WRDL won first place in this category in last year’s IBS competition.

·         Best Event Promo (Top 5) - AU Basketball: Tom Nesbitt

·         Best Station Promotional Poster (Top 6) - WRDL Tailgate Party: WRDL Staff 

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

·         Best Use of YouTube (top 5 in the country) -- Ingrid Schmidt

·         Best Use of Instagram (top 6) -- Ingrid Schmidt

·         Best Talk Program (top 6) Eagle’s Eye -- Waylon O'Donnell, Michaela Ping, Ingrid Schmidt

·         Best Newscast (Video/TV) (top 6) AUTV 20  News Update -- Renee Borcas, Connor Dunwoodie, Sean Honaker, Paul Murray, Callan Pugh, Ingrid Schmidt

·         Best Sports Interview Program (top 3) The AU Wrestling Spotlight -- Renne Borcas, Trae Coopwood, Erich Metze

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.                                                                                ###