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    How USA Today unraveled Ryan Lochte's Rio drama

    Last Thursday, Taylor Barnes and other journalists crowded into a theater across the street from a police station in Rio de Janeiro. The police were there to talk about what happened with four U.S. Olympic swimmers at a gas station the previous Sunday.

    David Meeks, managing editor of USA Today Sports Media Group, was watching a feed of the conference from the Olympics press center in Rio.

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    What's behind sexist reporting at the Olympics? Lack of newsroom diversity and experience

    Two weeks into the Olympic Games, journalists have been pilloried for repeated sexist and demeaning coverage of female athletes.

    Some examples: The Chicago Tribune did not initially include American trap shooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein’s name in its headline after her bronze medal win, opting for "Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics.”

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    For reporters covering the Olympics, a mix of chaos and wonder

    Christine Brennan initially was very positive in her assessment of how the Olympics were going in a response to my email over the weekend. However, her reply on Saturday had this line.

    "Anything can happen this coming week, but so far, Rio is pulling this off," wrote the USA Today columnist and CNN contributor who is covering her 17th Olympics.

    Then anything happened. Sunday, it was learned Ryan Lochte, a six-time gold medal winner, was among a group of swimmers who were the victims of a robbery at gunpoint. Brennan sent me an amended reply.

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    Meet the college students covering the 2016 Olympic Games

    Anna Joy Batchelor powdered her hands and practiced her balance on the beam for 14 years. Despite a broken wrist and several other injuries, she flipped and landed,  stretched and twirled for the love of her sport.  But  she realized when she was eight that most gymnasts don’t make it to the Olympics.

    In college, she threw herself into something else she loves, broadcast journalism. Now, her reporting career is taking her to the gymnastics arena of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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