Department of Journalism & Digital Media

Contact Us

Journalism & Digital Media Office

120 Center for the Arts
Ashland, OH 44805
jdm@ashland.edu
419.289.5139 (Office)
419.207.6980 (Fax)

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Digital Storytelling Starts Here

Are you a curious, critical thinker and an avid storyteller seeking ways to be heard? Gather and create news content for all storytelling platforms including print, broadcast, and digital in Ashland University’s immersive Digital Media Journalism program.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Mastering the Behind-the-Scenes

Are you interested in the art of visual storytelling? The Digital Media Production program at Ashland University emphasizes the production process from concept to completion to prepare you for a career in the rapidly developing world of digital media.

Faculty

Maggie Cogar
Maggie Cogar
Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media
138, Center for the Arts
419.289.5355 / mcogar@ashland.edu
Department of Journalism & Digital Media
Dr. David McCoy
Dr. David McCoy
Chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media, Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media
121, Center for the Arts
419.289.5167 / dmccoy2@ashland.edu
Department of Journalism & Digital Media

Department News

Eagles Eye: JDM Senior Avaerie Fitzgerald

It is not often when you have a full-time dream job before you graduate. May 2021 Digital Media Journalism graduate Avaerie Fitzgerald is now working in Ohio Govenor Mike DeWine's office. But before she got the job, Avaerie sat down with AUTV 20 Eagle's Eye host Gracie Wilson to talk abour her four years at Ashland University....Read more

Chris Martucci is new sports reporter for Orange Observer

2019 Ashland University Digital Media Journalism graduate Chris Martucci is pursuing a life-long dream. Chris recently received an M.A. degree from the University of Missouri's famed journalism program. Now, he will be working as a sports reporter for the Orange Observer newspaper and website in the Orlando and Winter Garden area in Florida. Orlando is one of the fastest growing media markets in the United States. The experience Chris received covering sports for The Collegian, AU-live and AUTV 20, as well as his DJ shift with 88.9 WRDL, greatly assisted his formation as a daily sports reporter/multimedia journalist. Good luck to Chris. Read more

JDM founders visit the new facilities

It took hundreds of years to build the Roman Empire. The creation and operation of the Journalism and Digital Media department at Ashland University was less of a time task, a scant ten years. But during that time the efforts of the founding faculty and staff of the program have not been forgotten. The vision of Gretchen Dworznik, Matt Tullis, John Skrada and Tim McCarty paved the way for hundreds of Digital Media Journalism and Digital Media Production majors to learn modern media fundamentals in a new, converged manner. The addition of Dave McCoy and Steve Suess formed the classic team that elevated those foundations. In the ensuing years, many of the founders have moved to other academic venues; yet, they all remain deeply attached to JDM. Here are some photos taken at a July 5th, 2021 reunion. Read more

Ashland RTV alumni tour JDM media facilities

On a day dedicated to the Larry Hiner Celebration of Life, many Radio/Television alumni took the time to tour the state-of-the-art media facilites in the Journalism and Digital Media department. JDM faculty/staff members John Skrada, Derek Wood and Dr. Dave McCoy described the mission of the current program and the link to the excellent path created by Mr. Hiner, Mr. Pappas and Dr. Leidy. The alumni were impressed, as they recalled various stories of their own experiences in the television and radio studios. Dr. McCoy expressed that "the bonds of the two eras strengthed today and JDM values the expertise and insight from our fantastic alumni." Plans are now formulated for another JDM Open House to be held during the Fall 2021 Ashland University Homecoming weekend. Read more

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Created in 2010, Ashland University's Journalism & Digital Media curriculum has recently been recognized as the only fully integrated journalism and media program in the state of Ohio. What that means is you will be immerced in converged coursework and applied labs in writing, research and story development across multiple media platforms. You will develop video and digital still camera shooting aesthetics, video and image editing techniques using content creation software and develop your performance-based skills like anchoring and reporting,

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Journalism and Digital Media Course Rotations

Journalism and Digital Media Course Descriptions

2020-2021 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide
2019-2020 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Journalism - Minor Minor Requirements
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production - Minor Minor Requirements
2018-2019 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide
2017-2018 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship for the College of Arts and Sciences

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in the following disciplines: Computer Science/Cybersecurity, Journalism and Digital Media, and the Natural Sciences.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of up to $3,000 "stacked" on other merit awards received. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty and a focus on career coaching and preparation.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. David McCoy (dmccoy2@ashland.edu)

Minimum Required High School / Transfer GPA: 3.50

Scholarship Amount: Up to $3,000

Application Criteria: Formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview. Students must be admitted to the major with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to qualify.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA 3.00 or greater and maintain JDM Major

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is April 1, 2021

Contact Us

Contact Us

Journalism & Digital Media Office

120 Center for the Arts
Ashland, OH 44805
jdm@ashland.edu
419.289.5139 (Office)
419.207.6980 (Fax)

Programs

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Digital Storytelling Starts Here

Are you a curious, critical thinker and an avid storyteller seeking ways to be heard? Gather and create news content for all storytelling platforms including print, broadcast, and digital in Ashland University’s immersive Digital Media Journalism program.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Mastering the Behind-the-Scenes

Are you interested in the art of visual storytelling? The Digital Media Production program at Ashland University emphasizes the production process from concept to completion to prepare you for a career in the rapidly developing world of digital media.

Faculty

Faculty

Maggie Cogar
Maggie Cogar
Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media
138, Center for the Arts
419.289.5355 / mcogar@ashland.edu
Department of Journalism & Digital Media
Dr. David McCoy
Dr. David McCoy
Chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media, Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media
121, Center for the Arts
419.289.5167 / dmccoy2@ashland.edu
Department of Journalism & Digital Media

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Department News

Department News

Eagles Eye: JDM Senior Avaerie Fitzgerald

It is not often when you have a full-time dream job before you graduate. May 2021 Digital Media Journalism graduate Avaerie Fitzgerald is now working in Ohio Govenor Mike DeWine's office. But before she got the job, Avaerie sat down with AUTV 20 Eagle's Eye host Gracie Wilson to talk abour her four years at Ashland University....Read more

Chris Martucci is new sports reporter for Orange Observer

2019 Ashland University Digital Media Journalism graduate Chris Martucci is pursuing a life-long dream. Chris recently received an M.A. degree from the University of Missouri's famed journalism program. Now, he will be working as a sports reporter for the Orange Observer newspaper and website in the Orlando and Winter Garden area in Florida. Orlando is one of the fastest growing media markets in the United States. The experience Chris received covering sports for The Collegian, AU-live and AUTV 20, as well as his DJ shift with 88.9 WRDL, greatly assisted his formation as a daily sports reporter/multimedia journalist. Good luck to Chris. Read more

JDM founders visit the new facilities

It took hundreds of years to build the Roman Empire. The creation and operation of the Journalism and Digital Media department at Ashland University was less of a time task, a scant ten years. But during that time the efforts of the founding faculty and staff of the program have not been forgotten. The vision of Gretchen Dworznik, Matt Tullis, John Skrada and Tim McCarty paved the way for hundreds of Digital Media Journalism and Digital Media Production majors to learn modern media fundamentals in a new, converged manner. The addition of Dave McCoy and Steve Suess formed the classic team that elevated those foundations. In the ensuing years, many of the founders have moved to other academic venues; yet, they all remain deeply attached to JDM. Here are some photos taken at a July 5th, 2021 reunion. Read more

Ashland RTV alumni tour JDM media facilities

On a day dedicated to the Larry Hiner Celebration of Life, many Radio/Television alumni took the time to tour the state-of-the-art media facilites in the Journalism and Digital Media department. JDM faculty/staff members John Skrada, Derek Wood and Dr. Dave McCoy described the mission of the current program and the link to the excellent path created by Mr. Hiner, Mr. Pappas and Dr. Leidy. The alumni were impressed, as they recalled various stories of their own experiences in the television and radio studios. Dr. McCoy expressed that "the bonds of the two eras strengthed today and JDM values the expertise and insight from our fantastic alumni." Plans are now formulated for another JDM Open House to be held during the Fall 2021 Ashland University Homecoming weekend. Read more

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures & Course Rotations

Created in 2010, Ashland University's Journalism & Digital Media curriculum has recently been recognized as the only fully integrated journalism and media program in the state of Ohio. What that means is you will be immerced in converged coursework and applied labs in writing, research and story development across multiple media platforms. You will develop video and digital still camera shooting aesthetics, video and image editing techniques using content creation software and develop your performance-based skills like anchoring and reporting,

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Journalism and Digital Media Course Rotations

Journalism and Digital Media Course Descriptions

2020-2021 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide
2019-2020 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Journalism - Minor Minor Requirements
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production - Minor Minor Requirements
2018-2019 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide
2017-2018 Academic Year
Digital Media Journalism
Digital Media Journalism Four-Year Guide
Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production Four-Year Guide

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship for the College of Arts and Sciences

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in the following disciplines: Computer Science/Cybersecurity, Journalism and Digital Media, and the Natural Sciences.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of up to $3,000 "stacked" on other merit awards received. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty and a focus on career coaching and preparation.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dr. David McCoy (dmccoy2@ashland.edu)

Minimum Required High School / Transfer GPA: 3.50

Scholarship Amount: Up to $3,000

Application Criteria: Formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview. Students must be admitted to the major with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to qualify.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA 3.00 or greater and maintain JDM Major

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is April 1, 2021

Telling Today’s Stories

If you’re a storyteller with a knack for digital, you’re going to love Ashland University’s Journalism & Digital Media Department. It’s the only fully integrated media program in the state of Ohio.

Journalism & Digital Media Department Differentiators

In this department, you’ll immerse yourself in print, web, radio, and television content creation using the latest digital and software tools.

Other department differentiators include:

  • Receive personalized attention from faculty in small class sizes to facilitate your learning

  • Learn from award-winning faculty with impressive backgrounds in news and media

  • Get hands-on storytelling experiences from Ashland’s multi-award winning student newspaper, radio station, and news station

  • Gain irreplaceable real world experience from one of the Journalism & Digital Media Department’s distinguished internship opportunities

  • Our student media outlets and the students who run them win awards every year

The Journalism & Digital Media Department is designed to prepare you to become a successful reporter, writer, content developer, videographer, storyteller, and more. Explore our programs to find the one best suited for your career objective.

Co-curricular Student Opportunities

The Collegian

Get involved in Ashland’s multi-award-winning student newspaper, The Collegian, written and edited entirely by students.

Collegian logo, Ashland University's student-run newspaper

WRDL

Join WRDL, a radio station owned and operated by Ashland University and the only radio station located within the city limits of Ashland.

WRDL FM logo, Ashland University's radio station

AUTV-20

Get involved in the award-winning, student-run AUTV, Ashland’s only television station.

AUTV 20 logo, Ashland University's television station

JDM Streaming

JDM Streaming

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