Asbury Students Report from Rio Olympics
August 11, 2016
Michael Phelps is shattering records, Simone Biles is defying gravity and more than 60 Asbury University students are on the ground to capture it all at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since 1984, approximately 600 Asbury media students have worked in paid positions at the Olympic Games. More recently, journalism students have gotten involved as well, creating news packages and writing stories for LEX-18, a local NBC affiliate, and writing articles for numerous publications.
“This is an incredible experience for our students,” said Professor Sarah Leckie ‘03 Hogencamp, who is leading the Asbury journalism team in Rio. “They get to apply skills they’ve learned in the classroom and sharpen their technical expertise under demanding expectations. They also build connections in the global media industry, which will be an invaluable asset in their careers.”
Asbury students will be in Rio for a total of 10 days, but their work spans a much longer timeframe. Under Hogencamp’s direction, students began their research months ago, developing stories, tracking down leads and making contact with interview subjects.
One interview already completed follows Skyler Faulkner, a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor who was sponsored by the Make-a-Wish Foundation to go to the summer Olympic Games. These kinds of opportunities, Hogencamp says, are what make Asbury students’ Olympic experience unique.
“They have an opportunity to work on something bigger than they’ve ever worked on before,” Hogencamp said. “Students really step outside their comfort zone to create stories for the world-wide stage.”
That’s certainly true for recent graduate Kerry Steinhofer ’16. Throughout the process of preparing for the Olympics and covering events, she’s honed her reporting skills, built her network and earned valuable international experience.
“I absolutely love being here!” Steinhofer said. “This trip definitely gives me more experience in writing and filming, and it’s been a great way for me to start my journalism career.”
Looking back on her classes leading up to the Olympics, Steinhofer says Asbury’s Journalism program has given her all the tools she needs.
“Really, every class I took in my major has helped me in some way,” Steinhofer said. “It’s a well-rounded program, and I felt prepared for this opportunity.”
To learn more about Journalism at Asbury, visit: asbury.edu/journalism