RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil -- For a handful of Penn State College of Communications student journalists, the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics marked the beginning of a new adventure -- covering the Rio Paralympics for The Associated Press.
In early September, nine students from the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and four members of the faculty, including Dean Marie Hardin, came here to cover the Rio Paralympics, the second-largest international multi-sport event in the world.
During a week on location after their departure from Happy Valley, the students produced numerous articles about the Paralympics that were published by such outlets as The Washington Post, The New York Times and ESPN. Students from Penn State and the University of Georgia partnered with The Associated Press to cover the event.
Fifty-two American reporters traveled to Rio to document the games -- and 13 were from the Curley Center. The Curley Center’s goal? To get hands-on experience covering a large-scale event and to also spread nationwide support for the Paralympic sports.
-- Emily Peacock ('18 Ad/PR)
Here are some articles published by the students:
- Five Things to Know: Lots of Records at the Rio Paralympics by Brett Gravatt
- Iraqi-American Power-lifter Finishes Journey at Paralympics by Anna Pitingolo
- Race Driver Alex Zanardi, a Double Amputee, Wins Gold at Rio by Garrett Ross
- Top US Wheelchair Racer Could Go Home With Gold Medals by Anna Pitingolo
- Chinese Dominate Medal Count at Paralympics by Garrett Ross
- Brazilians Being Brazilians Lift Paralympic Spirit by Nicole Barros
- Time to Go: Rio Volunteers a Little Sad, A Lot Tired by Allison Gasparetti
- Two-Man Refugee Team Appreciates Paralympic Experience by Shannon Ryan
- Navigating Rio Can Be Tough for Those With Disabilities by Shannon Ryan
More work by Penn State students:
- PHOTO | Galleries from the 2016 Paralympic Games
- VIDEO | Stop and go: Paralympic football five-a-side