James Williams

James Williams and his wife perform at Newsroom After Hours on July 12.

ASHLAND – Several Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media students received finalist awards in the national Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards competition for their work with the university radio station WRDL.

Among those honors included Newsroom After Hours at Richland Source.

"We are so incredibly lucky to partner with WRDL and their team to help broadcast the local music talent in our area," said Noah Jones, host of Newsroom After Hours. "I look forward to this coming year and seeing if we can help these Ashland University students reach the top spot." 

The finalists include:

· Best Live Music Broadcast (Top 5) - Newsroom After Hours - WRDL Staff;

· Best Public Service Announcement (Top 6) - Information Technology: Waylon O'Donnell, WRDL Staff;

· Best Newscast (Top 7) - News in 90 Seconds: Jake Rayman;

· Best Comedy Program (Top 6) - April Fool's 8 a.m. newscast: Jake Smith, Jake Rayman and Dean Paolucci.

"Over the past half decade, WRDL has risen to national prominence with the awards the station has won through the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System," said WRDL General Manager Derek Wood. "Our students work extraordinarily hard each and every day, creating award-winning content through faculty guidance and input, and I couldn't be more proud."

AU is one of only two Ohio colleges and universities with students among the finalists.

The finalist trophies and the first-place awards will be presented during the 80th Annual IBS International Media Conference March 6 to 8 at the Hotel Penn in New York City.

The IBS is an organization with a membership of more than 1,000 non-profit, education-affiliated radio stations and webcasters. It was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in New Windsor, New York.

AU’s JDM program of radio, television and print journalism was created when the department converged its curriculum in 2010 in an effort to meet the challenges students will face upon entering an ever-converging media world.

“Ashland’s JDM program was indeed on the forefront of new media education regionally and nationally in 2010,” said department chair Dr. David McCoy. “Our program continues to be a model of rigorous academics reinforced by real-world experiential learning opportunities for 21st century journalists.”

The program was recognized in 2012 as one of 47 journalism programs in the country that has fully converged its print and broadcast curriculum. Ashland University’s JDM program was the only journalism program in Ohio that received this distinction of the approximately 500 colleges and universities from across the country that have journalism programs.

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