London-bound: Asbury Students to Serve at Olympics

This summer, the dreams, drama and dedication of the Olympic Games will become part of the personal stories of nearly 80 Asbury University students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Since 1984, Asbury students have served in various capacities as paid employees at each Olympic Games location, and in recent years, media outlets in the United States have engaged additional students to cover the event for their audiences. This week and in early August, nearly 70 students traveled to London to work as camera operators and assistants, audio assistants, reporters, broadcast public relations staff and utility workers.

Asbury students have been working at the Olympic Games since 1984.
Asbury students have been working at the Olympic Games since 1984.

"The experience of working at the Olympic Games is a valuable opportunity for our students," said Dr. Jim Owens, dean of the School of Communication Arts. "Not only is it about the technical experiences, but they meet people from around the world and establish relationships that broaden their networks."

Tasks for the students who work at Olympic sporting venues include filming events, working with microphones, research, transporting and setting up equipment, handling cables and other opportunities depending on the student’s particular job.

Other students filled a different role; nine Asburians wrote and filmed stories with a broader scope — profiles of current and past Kentucky natives who now live in London or were once involved in the Games, interviews with college students who are studying in the United Kingdom and more. Rising senior Cameron Hassler spent her time in London covering Games-related stories for WLEX, a television news station in Lexington, Ky., and the magazine Kentucky Monthly.

"Our team has been preparing for London since last spring," Hassler said. "Around April, we began meeting every week leading up to the end of the semester to discuss the trip and brainstorm possible story topics. Since then, we’ve been gathering interviews and filming segments to include in our print and digital news packages."

During the Games, Asbury students sent in daily reports to a blog to share the excitement of the Games and their personal experiences. For a look at some of the news segments created by Asbury students at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, visit asbury.edu/asburytv. More information about Asbury’s Communication programs, which include Media Communication and Journalism and Digital Storytelling, is available at asbury.edu/academics/departments/communication-arts.

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