Eleven students from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University are covering the U.S. World Cup™ from The Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany, while seven more are stationed in Brazil. Here, Assistant Professor Justice Hill, back row left, and alumnus Dean Linke, front row, second from right, are pictured with the group in Paris. / Provided photo
OHIO’s Scripps JSchool students covering World Cup 2014™ from various cities
Some in Brazil with U.S. Soccer Federation; others in Europe with coaches association
By Erin Roberts
ATHENS, Ohio (June 16, 2014)—An exclusive partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation announced in early November and a separate partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has 18 E.W. Scripps School of Journalism students interning in Brazil and throughout Europe to cover the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Those in Brazil are attending all first-round games played by the U.S. Soccer team, with tonight marking the first match against Ghana.
The seven students in Brazil are working directly with the U.S. Soccer Federation in support of the U.S. Men’s National Team. This is the first time the U.S. Soccer Federation has partnered with any university in the country to have students provide all forms of communication and media-related services to the Federation during the World Cup as it administers and manages the national team’s participation in this global event.
“This is ground-breaking from their perspective and from ours,” said E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Bob Stewart. “It gives our students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see how the world’s major media companies cover a global sporting event.”
As part of the agreement, the U.S. Soccer Federation provided training in the U.S. prior to the event, tickets to all first-round World Cup matches in which the U.S. participates, and access to chartered air travel within Brazil during the tournament. Students were responsible for travel to and from Brazil, lodging, meals, U.S. visas and Ohio University Study Abroad fees.
A separate partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America gave eleven additional students the opportunity to travel for two weeks with NSCAA coaches and staff throughout Europe. Destinations include The Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany. These students are attending The NSCAA European Soccer Experience to cover the European passion for the World Cup using video, articles and photos. Readers can follow their work, as well as the work from students in Brazil, on http://scrippssoccer.org.
Stephanie Gort, a senior in Scripps and a soccer enthusiast, describes the chance to travel to Europe to cover the 2014 World Cup™ as “the experience of a lifetime.”
“Combining my life’s passions of traveling, soccer and PR will not only push me to reach my fullest potential as a well-rounded journalist, but it will also expose me to the rich multicultural atmosphere that I am eager to absorb as much knowledge and experience as possible,” she said.
Former Scripps doctoral student Ashley Furrow, now an assistant professor at the University of Memphis, is supervising the students’ work in Brazil, while the students traveling with NSCAA in Europe are being supervised by alumnus Dean Linke, who works for the NSCAA, as well as Justice Hill, an assistant professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.