Digital Media Journalism.

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

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One program, 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.

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.

About Ashland University’s 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.

Our success is your 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.

Here are just a few of the awards our program has won over the last few years:

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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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  • (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)

Benefits of Ashland University’s Digital Media Journalism Program.

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

Hands-on publishing

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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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Build your professional network

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

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Classes are taught by highly experienced and award-winning faculty, so you are able to learn from qualified mentors who care about your success and begin creating industry connections long before you enter the workforce.

Learn from Experienced Faculty

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Our students have unprecedented access to internship opportunities, allowing you to gain industry experience and prepare for your career long before you graduate.

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Benefits of Ashland University's Digital Media Journalism program.

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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Ashland University Undergrad students walking down the stairs
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Fall 2021 is special.

Ashland University recently announced that for Fall 2021 face-to-face instruction and activities will be expanded. While safety protocols still remain in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, starting in August of this year, the college experience at Ashland will feel closer to what it’s been traditionally.

But that’s not the only reason why Fall 2021 will be special. We’re also creating brand new opportunities for Ashland University students to succeed.

Tuition Relief Scholarship

The pandemic has dramatically increased the burden of paying for an education. Out of our commitment to making education affordable, Ashland University is offering a one-time Tuition Relief Scholarship available to first-time, full-time residential students for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Tuition Relief Scholarship is powerful and simple: enroll this fall, pay your first semester’s tuition after other financial aid has been applied, and AU will pick up the bill for your tuition in Spring 2022 (as long as the student maintains a 2.0 GPA).

Dean’s Scholarship

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.

About Ashland University.

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 next step toward your future now.

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.