Student Profiles

Greg Olenik

Greg Olenik

Quick Facts

Hometown: Dover, DE
Status: Senior
Major: Television Journalism
Role: Student Contributor

Q: What are your work experiences in the field of journalism?
A: I have worked for Mountaineer Sports Network as a cameraman and Technical Director. I have also been the Teaching Assistant for WVU News, which is the capstone class for the TVJ department for the last year. Finally, I have been a freelance photographer mainly doing work for NASCAR since 2008.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I don’t usually have too much free time with the workload I have. I try to do as much work as I can for the university when I’m not in class. Besides that, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and the occasional nightlife we have here in Morgantown whenever I get a chance. Sunday nights are usually reserved for the Walking Dead as well!

Q: What are your long term goals?
A: I only have one long-term goal that I am dead-set on and that is becoming a college professor. My dream is to be able to teach here at WVU because I have fallen in love with the city and everything it has to offer. I think the people in West Virginia are the best out of any state in the U.S. I think it would be great to teach future generations about what it takes to become a great journalist.

Q: What are the challenges and rewards of telling multimedia stories in West Virginia?
A: One of the challenges is having to follow your subject around for extended periods of time. It can sometimes make them feel uncomfortable but it takes skill to be able to work them away from that. Another challenge is collecting all the material you need in the tight timeframe you are given along with attending other classes. This leads into the reward. Once you have that completed project, the elation you feel is great. You know that you and whoever else you worked with spent a great deal of time working on this project, and the final product just makes you feel so proud. If you’re not proud of the product, then you’re not done.