As preliminary events get underway for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, several Indiana students are taking part in coverage of the event. Dozens of students from Ball State University and IUPUI will provide digital media coverage of the global event over the next two weeks.
The Ball State Students are taking part in Ball State at the Games, a news operation that partners with several media organizations to provide multimedia content about the Olympics and the host country. The group will be stationed in a hostel outside of they Olympic facilities in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the news coverage, a group of public relations students will edit content, handle media relations and maintain the project’s web presence. Other students will work in Chicago, creating graphics for the Chicago Tribune.
Sports journalism students at IUPUI will provide content for the United States Olympic Committee website and the USA Daily digital newsletter. In a release from IUPUI, Sports Capital Journalism Program Director Malcolm Moran said, "The biggest value of the opportunity is the fact that the students will be doing some of the same things that any professional journalists would do at the Olympics."
The 2016 Summer Olympics run through August 18.