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Ball State sends team to the 2014 Winter Games: The Facts

WHAT

BSU at the Games is a freelance news agency of 40 student journalists from Ball State University who will produce stories, photos, video and graphics from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. A team of 18 will remain in the states while the other 22 students are abroad. Their work will be featured by national news outlets such as WTHR (an NBC affiliate), The Chicago Tribune and USSA.

HOW

Student reporters, photographers and videographers will travel to the many Olympic venues throughout Sochi and the surrounding areas in search of unique, behind-the-scenes stories about the sports, people and places of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Graphic designers will be stationed in Chicago to work directly with The Chicago Tribune to produce news graphics about the Winter Games athletes, sports and location.

BSU at the Games work is featured at www.bsuatthegames.com and includes frequently updated stories, graphics, videos and blog posts. To stay up-to-date with the Olympic coverage, follow BSU at the Games on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

WHY

BSU at the Games is part of the university’s immersive learning initiative. The group aspires to be a top news outlet for coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games by offering high-quality reporting to national news outlets to begin their professional networks and portfolios. These students will gain unparalleled career experience in journalism, telecommunications, photojournalism, public relations and graphic design.

WHEN

BSU at the Games will use the 2013 fall academic semester to prepare for the trip before attending the Games from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23, 2014. Additionally, a few members spent Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 attending the 2013 Team USA National Media Summit in Park City, Utah.

WHERE

During their one-week stay, students will stay on cruise ships off the coast of Adler, near the official Olympic competition grounds located in the Coastal Cluster. Sochi is on the coast of the Black Sea, located in southwest Russia.