Digital Media Journalism

Prepare for a career at the cutting edge of an ever-expanding, ever-evolving industry.

Prepare for a career at the cutting edge of an ever-expanding, ever-evolving industry.

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Unlimited Opportunities

The digital media landscape is constantly changing. So, when it comes to preparing for a career in television, radio, traditional print or digital multimedia production, it is more important than ever to hone your storytelling craft across a wide variety of platforms.

Through our award-winning program, we take your passion for telling the stories that matter, give you the industry standard tools you need, allow you the time and space to pursue what drives you and prepare you for success as a professional in the ever-evolving world of digital communication.

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Hone your
unique voice.

Hone your unique voice.

While the traditional print media has undergone radical levels of change over recent years, that doesn’t mean the profession is dead. Instead, it’s evolving—and doing so in incredibly exciting ways. So, when you’re looking for a digital media journalism program, you want to make sure you choose one that is evolving right along with the industry.

Ashland University’s Digital Media Journalism program began just a decade ago. Blending television, radio and digital media with newspaper production, this program allows students unprecedented access to work across media channels with others who share the same passion. Our focus is on teaching our students, first and foremost, to tell great stories—and do so within a tight community of collaborators. You will learn and grow under the personal attention of world-class educators who are as passionate about your success as you are.

Digital Media Journalism Program

Our Digital Media Journalism program is designed to develop professionals with multiple skill sets and diverse abilities. Students get classroom experience in state-of-the-art facilities, including our radio studio, television studio, Mac lab, and the office of our school newspaper The Collegian, which has been in production for over a century. This means our students can learn and hone their craft across a wide variety of media platforms and gain experience and knowledge that employers are looking for.

Our award-winning co-curricular convergent media education model allows our students to work as content producers, on-air talent, directors, producers and more so they gain experience at all levels of production and begin carving their niche through real-life, hands-on experience. This all-encompassing approach to journalism education means that, upon graduation, you won’t just have the journalism chops needed to succeed in the industry. Instead, you’ll have a deep understanding of how the professional systems around you and media institutions work on a granular level.

Program Awards

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The Collegian

  • (2019) First Place Award in overall category of Arts and Entertainment/Feature Writing from Ohio News Media Association (ONMA)
  • (2019) State Finalists in overall categories of Design and Photojournalism (ONMA)
  • (2018) State Finalists in overall categories of Design, Photojournalism, and Sports Coverage (ONMA)
  • (2017) National Finalist and First Place Award in Photojournalism (ONMA)
  • (2017) State Finalist in collegiate Best Website competition – before converged AU-Live site was created (ONMA)
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AU-Live.com

  • (2019) State Finalist in collegiate Best Website competition (ONMA)
  • (2019) State Finalist Award in overall category of Best Multimedia Package (ONMA)
  • (2018) First Place in collegiate Best Website competition (ONMA)
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AU TV20

  • (2019) three National Finalist Awards from Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS)
  • (2018) four National Finalist Awards and one First Place Award (IBS)
  • (2017) three National Finalist Awards (IBS)
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WRDL

  • (2019) two National Finalist Awards (IBS)
  • (2017, 2018, 2019) Golden Slipmat Awards (College Radio Foundation)
  • (2018) three National Finalist Awards (IBS)
  • (2017) four National Finalist Awards and one First Place Award (IBS)

Success

Graduates of our award-winning Digital Media Journalism and Production programs have gone on to be writers, directors, producers, and managers for a diverse list of media industry employers including ESPN, Disney, Fox, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, The Washington Post and more. Others have gone on to carve out successful niches in local news with Sinclair, Nexstar, and Gray Television. Some are currently moving up through the highly competitive ranks of radio broadcasting, hosting local and regional radio shows. Others are finding success in more entrepreneurial avenues, blending their production skills with distinctly unique passions to create entirely new approaches to media within an ever-evolving digital communication landscape.

Digital Media Journalism Program

Submit your application Get practical on-the-job knowledge behind the scenes in television, radio, traditional print media and web-based digital broadcasting and hone your craft across all areas of digital media production.

Get Involved Day One

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Hands-On Publishing

From day one in our program, you’ll be creating content and helping to produce The Collegian, Ashland University’s century-old newspaper.

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Scholarships, grants & financial aid

Converged Media Education

Employers want journalists, writers and content creators who are skilled in their craft but are increasingly able to work across platforms and who understand the whole process from a very high level.

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Facilities for your Needs

Build Your Professional Network

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Learn and work collaboratively in a culture of belonging with others and form relationships that will continue into the future throughout your career.
Facilities for your Needs

Learn from Experienced Faculty

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Classes are taught by highly experienced and award-winning faculty, so you are able to learn from mentors who care about your success and begin creating industry connections long before you enter the workforce.
Submit your application Our students have unprecedented access to mentorship opportunities, allowing you to gain industry experience and prepare for your career long before you graduate.

Internship Opportunities

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Here's what
to expect from
Ashland University's
Digital Media Journalism Program.

Here's what
to expect from
Ashland University's
Digital Media Journalism Program.

Learning within our four-year converged media collaborative program will equip you to:

  • Hone your craft across a wide variety of platforms including television, radio, traditional print and web-based digital broadcasting.

  • Learn from award-winning industry professionals and build your network long before you enter the workforce.

  • Explore a wide range of internship opportunities that will allow you to develop the specific skills employers in the media industry are seeking.

  • Work within an award-winning co-curricular convergent media education model, learn all levels of production and be prepared to enter the workforce with four years of hands-on experience.

  • Learn within Ashland University’s intimate educational settings and create professional and personal relationships that will last a lifetime.

  • Assemble your content creation team from day one, working with digital media students across a wide range of interests, passions and skills.

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Founded in 1878, Ashland University continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting, impactful professions and careers. Your success is our goal, not just while you are a student but for the rest of your life as a member of the Eagle family.

We place a great emphasis on the importance of each member of our community. The phrase “Accent on the Individual” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of both the online and campus environment.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.

Take the First Step

An incredible story
awaits. Apply now and
see where it takes you.

An incredible story awaits. Apply now and see where it takes you.

Learn how to tell great stories across a wide array of platforms and gain the skills you need to make your mark in the industry.