For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, the World Athletics Championships are taking place on U.S. soil. Nearly 2,000 athletes from 200 nations have converged at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for track and field competitions. It’s also an opportunity for students from the University of Oregon’s journalism school to get invaluable experience filing daily articles and photographing elite athletes as they sprint, jump and throw their way to victory. Lori Shontz is a professor of practice and the founder of the track bureau at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Elias Esquivel is a senior in the journalism school and one of the students in the Track Bureau who is covering events such as the 100-meters finals at the World Athletics Championships.
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