OU Journalism Students Return Home After Covering Olympics

By
Michael Locklear

Dateline
Updated Tue, Aug 14, 2012 5:34 pm

Ohio University journalism professor Hans Meyer and 15 Scripps students are back at home after a three-week trip to the Olympics.

Meyer says the group produced about 150 stories while in London.

"I think the students just gained a lot of confidence in their abilities, you know, to know that they can ask questions and participate in press conferences and write stories just like some of their idols," Meyer said.

Colin Brown is a junior who went on the trip.

He says getting access at the Games was difficult.

"We were supposed to go to a lot of press conferences and practices," Brown said, "but it was really hard to get access through the United States Olympic Committee."

Sophomore Kayla Hanley got to meet basketball player Lebron James and other athletes.

She says the trip helped her realize she made the right career choice.

"This was a huge, huge test for what career I wanted to go in with journalism," Hanley said, "but once I was in the atmosphere and so comfortable in my surroundings, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in journalism and even more and more, it's showed me that I want to focus on sports journalism and sports writing and sports broadcasting."

The journalism school is already talking about organizing another trip to the Olympics in 2016.

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