Ball State Journalism Students Get Priceless Experience Covering Olympic Games
MUNCIE, Ind. -- One of the pinnacles of sports journalism is covering the Olympic Games, either the Winter Games or the Summer Games.
Some members of the media wait a long time for the opportunity to travel internationally to cover the Olympics, but some local up-and-comers from Ball State University won't have to wait long at all. Five students from Ball State’s College of Communication, Information, and Media will be traveling to Pyongchang to cover the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Senior News Journalism Major Elizabeth Wyman is one of them.
"We're freelancing a lot of work to publications in the states that can't send a ton of reporters to cover the games," Wyman said. "You know I gratuate in may and I think this would be great to have on my resume."
This is not the first time Ball State has sent students to the Olympics. The university first sent students abroad for the 2012 Summer Games in London. However, that was only on a limited basis. This time around Wyman says they have been given full Team USA press credentials to cover the Games.
"Being in Indiana you don't cover snowboarding or a ton of hockey and skiing competitions," Wyman continues. "So this will be new for me."
Wyman is a veteran of these trips to the Olympics by Ball State. She was a member of a 25 student delegation that went to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro for a "behind the scenes" look at what covering the Olympics looks like.
"I’ve been lucky enough to have a dream come true — twice," said Wyman. Also, student media has been critical to helping me get where I am. If you put your time and effort into it, you’re going to get those clips that will help you go far after college."
She says they leave Thursday on a 14 hour flight to Pyongchang, South Korea. The Opening Ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyongchang start Friday and competition will run for the next two weeks.
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Ball State University)