Get your pens, cameras and microphones at the ready! The second cycle of the International Olympic Committee’s Young Reporter Programme has now been launched.
The sports journalism training initiative will bring together 34 young reporters, aged from 18 to 24, from the five continents, Africa, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe, and run during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games next August.
The group will also include young news-crafters from China (the host nation for the 2014 YOG), Norway (the host nation for the Lillehammer 2016 YOG) and the Argentina (the host nation for the 2018 YOG).
Once at the Games, they will live in the Youth Olympic Village with over 3,600 athletes and receive intensive class and field training from some of the top names in the business in print, photographic, television, radio and new media.
Interested? If you are a university student studying journalism or perhaps already a young professional working in media, the first step is to get in touch with your National Olympic Committee who will nominate Young Reporters on the basis of performance and promise. The Continental Association will then select two male and two female journalists to represent the continent.
Past Young Reporters from the first cycle launched at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games have gone on to great things, with many covering the London 2012 Olympic Games in a professional capacity and landing jobs presenting radio shows, writing columns and travelling the world in the name of sports journalism! You can check out some of their reports on YouTube here and follow their adventures on Facebook here.
So if becoming a Young Reporter sounds good, then get in touch with your NOC and we could see you at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, next year.
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