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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: www.bujournalism.com/olympics2012. Biographies of the students covering the Olympics can be found here: www.bu.edu/com/academics/journalism/semester-at-the-summer-olympics-2012.
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.
In the age of Twitter and other social media networks, where anyone can “break news,” how is traditional journalism changing, who are the true journalists, and what is the difference between news and information? Those were just a few of the interesting questions examined at The Media Landscape: How Social Journalism Is Changing the News Industry, a panel discussion hosted by BU’s public relations office on Oct. 12.
Moderated by BU alum and founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO), Peter Shankman (COM ’94), the panel featured experts from the traditional news world, PR and the blogosphere, and included Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication (COM); Lisa van der Pool, broadcast editor and reporter at The Boston Business Journal; Adam Gaffin, founder and editor of Universal Hub; and Steve Quigley, Associate Professor of Public Relations at COM.
Watch the complete event below and check out a recap from BU Today.
A new educational program announced today between The Boston Globe and Boston University’s College of Communication (COM), will enable BU journalism students to cover Boston-area neighborhood and town news for Boston.com’s “Your Town” websites as part of their studies within COM.
According to a press release, the new program will launch later this fall and will be coordinated by BU professors and Globe editors. “Your Town” sites act as digital town centers, offering a highly localized news experience for readers.
Tom Fiedler, dean of COM, said the agreement expands the school’s commitment to providing students with real reporting experience while supplying in-depth coverage of news affecting the greater Boston area.
“This program offers benefits for both community residents, who gain from increased news and information about their neighborhoods, and our students, who learn journalism by doing it under the guidance of our faculty and Globe editors,” Fiedler said in the release.
Google has agreed, as a concession to publishers of paid content news, to let them limit the number of free articles accessed through the Internet search engine. Journalism Department Chairman Lou Ureneck calls it a positive development for the media indusry, and ultimately for consumers.
“The free traffic in articles that news organizations have put significant money into developing is unsustainable in the long term. This moves the Internet and media closer to a consumer-paid model.”
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Conservative columnist Robert “Prince of Darkness” Novak, who died of brain cancer at 78, left an indelible impression on most. Journalism professors and former journalists Robert Zelnick (ABC News) and Elizabeth Mehren (Los Angeles Times) can reflect on Novak and his impact on the news industry.
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With the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square , College of Communication broadcast Professor Anne Donohue reflects on how the uprising has impacted (or not) young Chinese journalism students she taught recently in Beijing.
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As a former long-time ABC News foreign correspondent, College of Communication journalism Professor Robert Zelnick can offer unique perspective on the decision by the Iranian government to free American journalist Roxana Saberi.
“The freeing of Roxana Saberi, a courageous journalist whose three months imprisonment rightly triggered international outrage, shows that even Iran cannot be completely tone deaf to world opinion. But I would be cautious before reading into this event a new Iranian responsiveness to President Obama’s personal diplomacy or a willingness to yield in its effort to develop nuclear weapons. One happy ending does not validate a foreign policy steeped in myth.”
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