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Five BSU Students Heading to Pyongchang To Cover The Olympic Winter Games

This trip is one of the university’s immersive learning opportunities sponsored by the Department of Journalism. Five media students – two reporters, two videographers and one photographer – led by journalism instructor Ryan Sparrow, make up the student-led freelance agency known as “BSU at the Games.”

Sparrow, who developed the BSU at the Games immersive experience, said he did so because he wanted students to be able to develop their skills through high-level experiential learning.

“I thought it would be neat to bring that kind of sense of adventure and excitement of [traveling abroad] to journalism students,” he said. “When I was in England in 2010, I started hearing all about them preparing for the 2012 Olympics, and so, that’s how it started.”

This week, millions of people will watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which open this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes and spectators from all over the world will flock into the 565-square-mile county; however, six of them will be from the Muncie corner of the world, specifically Ball State U

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