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

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
Derek Wood
Derek Wood
Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media
215, Center for the Arts
419.289.5137 / dwood12@ashland.edu
Department of Journalism & Digital Media

Department News

Eagles Eye: Carrie Smith

Congratulations to Digital Media Production major Carrie Smith, who graduated on May 7th. Carrie was the General Manager of AUTV-20 and Promotions Director for 88.9 WRDL. She was also a host of The Early Bird's Word morning radio show for WRDL the past two years. During her time at Ashland University, Carrie was honored with the first Robin Meade Scholarship, the Weidenmeyer-Sindelar Scholarship,and the AU JDM Department Academic Honors Award (3 years). Carrie will be pursuing a career in radio, as she was hired by K96 WKFM and 95.3 WLKR to a board operator/announcer position....Read more

Eagles Eye: Gracie Wilson

In this special edition of Eagle's Eye, Lydia Bice talks with Digital Media Journalism Senior Gracie Wilson about her time at Ashland University, her work with JDM student media outlets and future goals. Gracie graduated in May of 2022 and now she will work as an Associate Editor at Cleveland Magazine....Read more

Spring 2022 Journalism and Digital Media Graduates

A heartfelt thank you to the nine JDM majors and one JDM minor who received their degrees at the Saturday May 7th Ashland University Commencement. Lydia Bice DMP major Brandon Gunder DMP major Katie Harrigan DMP major Lewis Markham DMP major Autumn Marthey DMP major Hope Miracle DMP minor Nate Powalie DMJ major Carrie Smith DMP major Molly Willard DMP major Gracie Wilson DMJ major Read more

AUTV 20 Candidate Forum live broadcast

AUTV 20 will air the Candidate Forum program live at 7 pm on Wednesday April 27th. The program, moderated by AUTV 20 Executive News Producer Lydia Bice, will feature two candidates (Victor Perez and David Stimpert) vying for the Ashland County Common Pleas Court Judge position. Additionally, the telecast will have a panel of local journalists (Dylan Carr from the Ashland Source, Grant Ritchie from the Ashland Times-Gazette and Katie Foster from The Collegian/AU-Live. Candidate Forum can be seen on Channel 20 of Ashland's Armstrong Cable or on the JDM Streaming Channel....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, the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Psychology.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 "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: $1,500

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 March 1, 2022.

Apply for Admission

After you have applied for admission and been accepted, you will receive a link to access the application for the Dean's Scholarship within the student portal.

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

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
Derek Wood
Derek Wood
Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media
215, Center for the Arts
419.289.5137 / dwood12@ashland.edu
Department of Journalism & Digital Media

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Department News

Department News

Eagles Eye: Carrie Smith

Congratulations to Digital Media Production major Carrie Smith, who graduated on May 7th. Carrie was the General Manager of AUTV-20 and Promotions Director for 88.9 WRDL. She was also a host of The Early Bird's Word morning radio show for WRDL the past two years. During her time at Ashland University, Carrie was honored with the first Robin Meade Scholarship, the Weidenmeyer-Sindelar Scholarship,and the AU JDM Department Academic Honors Award (3 years). Carrie will be pursuing a career in radio, as she was hired by K96 WKFM and 95.3 WLKR to a board operator/announcer position....Read more

Eagles Eye: Gracie Wilson

In this special edition of Eagle's Eye, Lydia Bice talks with Digital Media Journalism Senior Gracie Wilson about her time at Ashland University, her work with JDM student media outlets and future goals. Gracie graduated in May of 2022 and now she will work as an Associate Editor at Cleveland Magazine....Read more

Spring 2022 Journalism and Digital Media Graduates

A heartfelt thank you to the nine JDM majors and one JDM minor who received their degrees at the Saturday May 7th Ashland University Commencement. Lydia Bice DMP major Brandon Gunder DMP major Katie Harrigan DMP major Lewis Markham DMP major Autumn Marthey DMP major Hope Miracle DMP minor Nate Powalie DMJ major Carrie Smith DMP major Molly Willard DMP major Gracie Wilson DMJ major Read more

AUTV 20 Candidate Forum live broadcast

AUTV 20 will air the Candidate Forum program live at 7 pm on Wednesday April 27th. The program, moderated by AUTV 20 Executive News Producer Lydia Bice, will feature two candidates (Victor Perez and David Stimpert) vying for the Ashland County Common Pleas Court Judge position. Additionally, the telecast will have a panel of local journalists (Dylan Carr from the Ashland Source, Grant Ritchie from the Ashland Times-Gazette and Katie Foster from The Collegian/AU-Live. Candidate Forum can be seen on Channel 20 of Ashland's Armstrong Cable or on the JDM Streaming Channel....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, the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Psychology.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 "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: $1,500

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 March 1, 2022.

Apply for Admission

After you have applied for admission and been accepted, you will receive a link to access the application for the Dean's Scholarship within the student portal.

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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