Sports journalism students set to cover Olympics in London

Five Penn State communications students will provide daily coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from London as part of an exclusive opportunity made possible by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

Competitions at the Summer Olympics are scheduled to run from July 27 through Aug. 12, and the Penn Staters will be on site in London throughout the event.

"The United States Olympic Committee has provided the Curley Center with a remarkable opportunity," said Malcolm Moran, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the Curley Center. "Our students will have an experience that many professionals have to wait 10 years or more to reach."

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The group will provide as many as five stories per day that will appear in "USA Daily," which is distributed to media members, sponsors, members of the U.S. delegation for the Games and representatives from non-governmental bodies. The students will write stories to be posted at USOCPressBox online as well.

Students covering the games are:
-- Virginia Harrison, 24, from Flourtown, Pa., a graduate student pursing a master’s degree in media studies who earned undergraduate degrees in journalism and history from Penn State in 2008;
-- Jeffrey Lowe, 20, from Cedar Park, Texas, a junior broadcast journalism major;
-- Emily Kaplan, 20, from Montclair, N.J., a junior journalism major;
-- Christine Newby, 21, from Pittsburgh, a senior broadcast journalism major; and
-- Audrey Snyder, 22, from Downingtown, Pa., a senior completing majors in journalism and secondary education/English.

Those five students prepared for their opportunity at the Olympics by covering the Pan Am Games for the USOC last October.

During the Olympics, the students will concentrate on feature material to supplement articles written by the USOC staff members. In addition, their work will be featured on the Curley Center site (http://sportsjourn.psu.edu), and some of the students plan to find time to complete assignments for other news organizations.

The coverage of the Summer Olympics provides the latest example of the Curley Center’s commitment to providing unrivaled opportunities for its top students, including the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and the Bowl Championship Series championship game.

Along with exploring issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, outreach, programming and research, the Curley Center places an emphasis on internships -- dozens of communications students complete sports-related internships every year -- and facilitating professional opportunities.

All efforts of the Curley Center, established in 2003, build on an undergraduate curricular emphasis that includes courses in sports writing, sports broadcasting, sports information, sports, media and society, and sports and public policy -- which is cross-listed with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

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Last Updated June 26, 2012