A group of University of Memphis students will travel to Rio de Janeiro to cover the 2016 Olympics.
Fourteen journalism students from the UofM will have the opportunity to intern at the summer games.
The UofM along with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are the only two institutions that have an agreement with Rio’s Olympic Organizing Committee to let students intern.
The students participating in the program will be supervised by UofM’s Department of Journalism and Strategic Media assistant professor, Dr. Roxane Coche. The students will start work Aug. 1 and receive three hours of academic credit.
“Few people in their lifetime get to say ‘I went to the Olympics,’ let alone ‘I covered the Olympics,’” said Coche. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students, and it puts the University of Memphis on the map of sports journalism education. It is an exciting time for all of us in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media.”
Throughout the duration of the program, students will be housed in an Olympic Media Village.
Interns will be assigned a sport, which they will cover during the games for the Olympic News Service.
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