Boston University Journalism Students to Cover 2012 Olympic Games

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(Boston) – Student journalists from Boston University’s College of Communication (COM) have arrived in London to begin their local lens coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games for six New England news organizations. These 14 students will provide multimedia coverage, including videos, tweets and blog updates, from a newsroom set up in BU’s London complex in South Kensington, London, UK for outlets including The Boston Globe, WBZ-TV and WBUR-FM.

The participating students, who arrived in London July 2nd, will complete three weeks of training prior to the beginning of the Games. Students will study the history of the Olympics with an in-depth look at the seismic changes in Olympics coverage such as real-time video streaming of events and 3D broadcasts. In addition, they will receive an overview of the current organization, visit Olympic event sites, and conduct interviews with organizers and journalists, including Stephen Mitchell, deputy director of BBC News and head of multimedia programs.

Stories to be covered include profiles of Boston and New England-based Olympians and their families and sidebar features about New England’s role in the 2012 Olympic Games. BU intern-correspondents will go for the gold with coverage that starts before the Games and runs through the closing ceremonies on August 12th.

“Consider this Olympic-level training for the online journalists of tomorrow. Our students will navigate an international news and sports event and collaborate with each other to blog, videotape and photograph Olympic stories. Viewers will get beyond the network, finish line coverage of their favorite local Olympians, watching when and what they want online.” said Susan Walker, associate professor of journalism and director of the London Olympics program. “Our partnering news outlets have welcomed the added value of BU’s students contributing on the ground coverage of local athletes to supplement their online and on air coverage.”

The London Olympics program is sponsored by the College of Communication and Boston University’s Study Abroad office.

News websites that will showcase BU student work beginning July 27th are:


The Boston Globe:

WBZ -TV and WBZ-AM:  

Go Local Providence:  

Metro West Daily News:

Go Local Worcester:  

In addition, their work will also be featured on the Boston University London Olympics site:  Biographies of the students covering the Olympics can be found here:

Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication (COM) specializes in Film and Television, Journalism, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, COM integrates a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. COM’s faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.