50 Ball State students will cover 2016 Olympics in Rio

(Photo Supplied/ Rio 2016)

MUNCIE, Ind. (WOWO): More than 50 Ball State students will make their way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to cover the 2016 Olympics.

The students will manage a news operation called Ball State at the Games. They’ll provide multimedia content about the Olympic culture, host country, athletes and spectators to several media organizations, according to Ball State.

Ball State’s Department of Journalism created Ball State at the Games for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and continued the operation with Sochii in 2014.

“BSU at the Games provides our students with an intercultural learning experience while also providing professional skills and development they would not receive in the classroom,” said Ryan Sparrow, director of Ball State at the Games and a journalism instructor. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of and share in the tradition of such a global event.”

Six professors from Ball State’s College of Communication, Information and Media are joining the students.

Students and faculty are taking extra precaution in prevention of the Zika virus and will follow Center For Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

Anyone who wants to follow the students’ journey can follow Ball State at the Games on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. To learn more about the project, go to Ball State at the Games’ website.

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