By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A group of Temple University students are headed to the U.K. to cover the 2012 Olympics, but they won’t be playing in the games.
“What we really wanted was for the students to have an opportunity to cover stories on the ground with the people of London,” says Paul Gluck, General Manager of Temple University Television. “Stories of culture, economy, security, the excitement of the games, the athletes who were coming, the fans who were coming to support the athletes ….that’s what the focus will be in the project.”
Gluck says students will package the stories in a make-shift studio in London and wrap them via skype. Three student anchors will work the desk at a studio in the School of Media and Communication to record a special 30-minute program, “Temple @ the London Olympics.”
“I’m anxious, scared…but I’m really, really excited,” said Temple junior Jake Rasmussen. “This will be the first time every making pieces like this- I mean, like news packages, writing with narration. It’s very different for me,” says the film major.
Senior Isabel Garcia has volunteered on journalism projects since her freshman year, but says she is still a little nervous. “It’s definitely something that I have come to the realization that it is out of my comfort zone.”
Temple professor Jack Klotz, Jr. worked with Vince Leonard of the Philly POPS to create a musical theme song for their show. “We gave the students a pro-level music package to go along with the pro-level camera, so hopefully they’ll be able to disseminate some cool and different stories to the Delaware Valley and the world.”
The show will air on TUTV (Comcast Channel 50 and Verizon Channel 45) every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on July 26th. For more info go to www.templetv.net.