Following the success of the first programme launched at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the Young Reporters were again selected by the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees through a rigorous selection process. Representing each of the five continents, they are between the ages of 18 and 24 and are journalism students or have recently started their journalism careers.
The initiative, which is one of the elements which make the YOG such a unique event and demonstrates the IOC’s commitment to encouraging young people all over the world to be part of the YOG spirit, was developed as part of the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) and will provide the budding reporters with a cross-platform journalist-training programme and on-the-job experience during the Youth Olympic Games.
The training and assignments during Games time will be driven by highly qualified and renowned professionals in the fields of broadcast and print journalism, social media and photography.
David Lozada, a 21-year-old journalism graduate from the Philippines selected for the programme said: “My goal in this programme is to become a reporter who will write beyond facts and report compelling stories about the lives of modern-day champions to inspire an international audience. I see this programme as an opportunity to give a voice to young athletes who push themselves to become the best in their fields.”
Singaporean sports journalist Sonali Prasad, a graduate of the first Young Reporters Programme, explained: “Singapore 2010 was a life-changing experience for me. It developed my personality on both the personal and professional front and gave me the knowledge and skills to be a successful journalist.”
The 23-year-old went on to report on the London 2012 Olympic Games for the Olympic News Service and will do the same for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She has also been appointed to the IOC Press Commission.
The Culture and Education Programme aims to educate, engage and influence young people in sport and the Olympic values, inspiring them to play an active role in their communities. The programme also gives advice on careers in sport, social responsibilities and other lifestyle choices.
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