Digital Media Production.

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 craft across a wide variety of platforms.

The Digital Media Production program at Ashland University was created a decade ago in response to what the industry told us they wanted from graduates entering the workforce. This converged media program is designed to give you hands-on classroom, studio and lab experience starting on day one, allowing you to explore all areas of production in close collaboration with your fellow students, hone your craft through real-life application and learn to become a great storyteller, no matter which media platform you are working in.

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Find your unique voice.

Choosing the right program for you can seem daunting. And while there are a number of great digital media programs across the state, and across the country, our program is unique on a number of levels. With the program beginning just a decade ago, the Digital Media Production program at Ashland University blends television, radio and digital media with newspaper production in a way that allows students unprecedented access to work across media channels with others who share the same passion. Our focus is on training 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 Production program.

Our Digital Media Production program is designed to develop professionals with multiple skill sets and diverse abilities across a wide variety of media platforms. As soon as freshman year, students get hands-on production experience in state-of-the-art facilities, including our radio studio, television studio, and Mac lab. This means our students can learn all production stages across various media platforms to hone their craft and build their portfolio to present to employers after graduation. Become a radio host on our student-produced radio station 88.9 WDRL or practice as a news anchor or sports reporter on our student-run TV station AU-TV 20 to gain experience applicable in your post-graduation career. Our award-winning co-curricular convergent media education model allows our students to work as content producers, on-air talent, directors, editors and more so they gain experience at all levels of production and begin carving their niche through real-life, hands-on experience. 

Our success is your success.

Graduates of our award-winning Digital Media Production program 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 in overall category of Best Multimedia Package (ONMA)
  • (2018) First Place Award 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)

Benefits of Ashland University’s Digital Media Production program.

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Our program was designed around what the industry is asking for. Employers want candidates 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.

Converged media education

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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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Choose from a variety of career paths

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.

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Learn from the best in a collaborative professional environment

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.

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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

Benefits of Ashland’s Digital Media Production program.

What to expect from Ashland University’s Digital Media Production 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, 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.
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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.

Testimonials.

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The Journalism and Digital Media faculty know their stuff. They have an all-star lineup who have all worked years in professional media careers. They work with you, share their creative and technical insights and develop your individual strengths to the fullest. They put you out of your comfort zone so you can grow at maximum proficiency. And because of that, it really prepares you for the career to come. It is a marvelous department, and I look back very fondly on all of my years and all of my experiences with everyone in the JDM department.

‘18, Ashland Source Multimedia Journalist and WQKT Radio Announcer

Waylon O’Donnell

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Take the next step toward your future now.

Learn how to tell great stories across a wide array of platforms within a collaborative, professional environment and gain the skills you need to succeed in whatever industry channel you choose as your path forward.