Students to broadcast 2006 Olympics
WILMORE, KY— This month, 28 Asbury College students, three alumni and one faculty member will participate in broadcasting the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. It marks the seventh time Asbury students have played an official role in the games since 1984.
Asbury College students are the only college students outside of Italy employed to help broadcast the games around the world.The media communication students will be working professionals for Torino Olympic Broadcasting Organization, the company formed specifically to provide footage of the games for television audiences worldwide. A few students have also been hired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Their duties will include working as camera assistants; footage loggers, recording video as it is shot so international TV crews can identify the footage; utility crew, helping to set up and tear down the video equipment; and liaison officers, working with the rights holding broadcasters from other countries. In years past, students have been able to run cameras for the international broadcast. Several students have also been hired after graduation to work as professionals for the Olympics.
Asbury College students enter their real-world jobs well prepared—one of their professors wrote the book on training students for broadcasting work at major sporting events. Dr. Jim Owens, professor of media communication at Asbury College, wrote “Television Sports Production” to prepare students to help broadcast the 2002 Salt Lake Games and was asked to update it for the 2004 games.
Throughout the Torino Games, Asbury College students will be keeping detailed Web journals of their experiences.