Asbury College students head to Summer Olympics

Media communications student Blair Cosby at the aquatics center in Beijing.

WILMORE, KY—From Aug. 8 to Aug. 24, more than 50 Asbury College students are working as paid entry-level broadcast professionals at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Six Asbury College staff and faculty will also be working in Beijing.

Since 1984, Asbury College has sent students to the Los Angeles, Calgary, Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake, Athens and Torino Olympics. Beijing will be the eighth Olympics for our media communication students. Asbury College is currently the only school in the world that has been invited to send students, for pay, to work as entry level broadcast professionals. These students will be working as camera operators, camera assistants, public relations officers (liaisons), audio assistants and loggers alongside the industry’s top professional broadcasters.

Several students have already arrived in China. They are touring historic sites, visiting local markets, tasting the cuisine and relishing their time overseas. See the blogs about their experiences. Also, Asbury College graduate T.J. Budd is writing a blog about his experience for several central Kentucky community newspapers including the Advocate Messenger (Danville), the Interior Journal (Stanford), the Jessamine Journal (Nicholasville/Wilmore), and the Winchester Sun.

The Olympics experience provides a foundation and experience that prepares students for future careers. Students have a chance to work with some of the best broadcast professionals in the world, see the latest in HD and media technology and participate in a cross-cultural experience. Jim Owens said, “We have had more than 400 students involved in this program and many of them have been able to obtain incredible jobs after the experience.”

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