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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:31 pm

It was the bond between a grandmother and grandson that showed a student his passion for media.

Morehead State senior Nick Oliver recalled watching the news with his grandma when he was younger, which stuck with him and led him to exceed in the professional world.

“I just kind of remember those times sitting with my grandma watching the news, and right after that jeopardy and wheel of fortune comes on so I kind of just followed that and stuck with it,” said Oliver.

Oliver, who is the assignment editor for NewsCenter, said working for NewsCenter is different compared to working in the professional world.

“At NewsCenter we’re lower scale, but I think it still prepares you and I think that it prepares you in the best way that it can,” Oliver said. “It’s the perfect stepping stone.”

Oliver enjoys the news aspect of the program, but also loves the work that other students do from different types of media.

“I think NewsCenter has been such a great part of my college career, simply for the fact that it’s not just that we are a group of students that are in this practicum together. We’re literally a team,” he said. “We depend on one another to get things accomplished, and I think that’s a very powerful thing.”

Jacob Valerio, a fellow convergent media major and colleague of Oliver, said, “He’s very professional, and at the same time he can be very eccentric.”

Oliver, a high school graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, said one thing that makes convergent media so different from every other program is the hands-on aspect.

“The second you get in the program, it’s all hands on,” said Oliver. “We’re structured off of how can you be artistic? How can you be creative? And how can you do that in a way that is giving mass communication to people?”

Oliver is a web producer for WKYT in Lexington, where he covers both general news stories and breaking news. He has a job lined up in West Virginia as a reporter for WSAZ after he graduates.  

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