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Media Studies Student Takes on Rio Olympics

Being able to compete in the Olympics is just about every athlete’s dream. Years of training, dedication and hard work goes into just trying to meet the qualifying standards. Even so, a few of Auburn University’s own athletes were able to meet those standards and compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio. Majority of the athletes represented their home countries in events like swimming and diving and track and field.

While the focus was mainly on the athletes representing our university, there was one Auburn student who also attended the games yet never got any air time. Instead, she was the one behind the camera making sure viewers got to see all the action. (Photo, right: Nathaly Marques)

Nathaly Marques, a senior media studies major, landed a position with NBC as a junior technical manager for water polo. Some of her responsibilities involved managing a crew, trouble shooting and making sure all the equipment was running smoothly. She heard about the position while working for CBS as a runner during the 2015-2016 football season.

“It was an unbelievable experience to be right there witnessing the action,” Marques said. “One of the coolest moments was when I got to see Michael Phelps win his fifth gold medal.”

Marques is a current member of Eagle Eye TV and was the director of videography for the 2015-2016 school year. Eagle Eye TV is a student run campus organization that provides hands-on training in media production and has weekly live shows. The organization covers stories from Auburn University sporting events, campus and community events and entertainment segments.

From being an active member in this organization she was able to learn the abilities in operating a camera, shooting and editing material. While covering a football game last season, she was able to meet and take a picture with Tim Tebow. During the 2015 Iron Bowl, the senior stood only feet away from Cam Newton on the football field. She hopes to possibly meet the star player this season.

“If it wasn’t from being so involved with Eagle Eye, I might have never been found the amazing opportunity with NBC during the Olympics,” said Marques. “Eagle Eye taught me the fundamentals every young professional looking to pursue media studies should know.”

To learn more information about getting involved with Eagle Eye TV visit their website here!

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