Updated Thu, Jan 26, 2012 9:23 am
Covering the Olympics is considered an enormous achievement for any professional journalist.
Professor of Journalism Dr. Hans Meyer is the program director for the trip, and he believes the experience will offer a different perspective to the games.
“It’s easy for us watching the Olympics to look at it as a fan. We want to explore it from a journalistic point of view,” Meyer said.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students, to go to the biggest sporting event in the world, and actually go to be a participant,” said Laurence Tuccori, the program director.
Sophomore Jacob Corrigan, a journalism major, originally thought of traveling to London to cover the games.
“We knew that some other schools had sent kids to the Olympics to cover them, and we said, ‘Hey, why not do it here?’ Nobody has tried it here before,” Corrigan said.
The School of Journalism arranges travel to London, but other departments offer summer trips around the world.
This year, the Scripps College of Communication will celebrate its 20th year of traveling to Leipzig, Germany, where Ohio University students partner with the University of Leipzig for various activities.
Leipzig participants will travel to Germany mid-June, while the Olympics group will arrive in London one week before the games start on July 27.