Students Covering the London Olympics

Group photo, BU students covering London Olympics

(Standing, L-R) Amy Gorel, Torre Price, Emily Zendt, Brittany Devane, Matt Reed, Justin Bourke, Ross Wang, Jake Kassen (staff). (Sitting- 2nd row, L-R) Kessa McCoy, Marie Torto, Prof. Susan Walker. (Sitting - front row, L-R) Casey Rabin, Megan Happ, Yanni Carter, Sandy Hooper, Carolyn Bick. Missing: Ashley Lisenby & Alexandra Orr. Photo by Scott Lovejoy.

These BU journalism majors will be reporting on New England Olympians for the Web sites of local newspapers, radio and TV stations. Fifteen BU students are selected for this unique professional partnership program offered by the College of Communication and Boston University Study Abroad. Starting this July, the participants will live in BU’s complex in London, study the history and politics of the Games, then complete internships as multimedia journalists. During the Games, BU’s Olympic interns will post video reports, podcasts, blogs and photographs to outlets including Boston.com, NPR’s WBUR radio, WCVB-TV, New England Cable News and newspapers owned by Gatehouse Media.

“We were looking for self starters, with good story ideas and the ability to execute those ideas – we got ‘em with our picks being mostly rising seniors and graduate students” said Broadcast Journalism Professor Susan Walker. Professor Walker is a former TV news producer who will direct the program, assisted by production engineer Jake Kassen.

“Consider this the Olympic trial of journalism; covering a major international event, posting clips from a temporary multimedia newsroom set up in the historic South Kensington BU complex” explained Professor Walker. “We’re going to expand coverage of local Olympians and give students a portfolio of multimedia clips and the (hopefully) job-winning experience of covering an international event.” Watch for BU students’ coverage of the London Olympic Games July 27- August 12, 2012.

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