POSTED: June 16th 2010

IOC initiates Young Reporters program for budding sports journalists

Young reporters get ready to document the sports excitement of Singapore 2010 / OCA - AYG Singapore 2009
Young reporters get ready to document the sports excitement of Singapore 2010 / OCA - AYG Singapore 2009

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LAUSANNE, June 16: The International Olympic Committee today released the names of the 29 Young Reporters that will participate in the new journalistic program at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG). The first edition of the YOG takes place this summer August 14-26 in Singapore.

The selection process for the chosen reporters was carried out through the continental associations of all five continents and included journalism students or new journalists between the ages of 18-24 that were interested to learn about covering the Olympics.

IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli said, “The Young Reporters programme will allow future journalists to gain an Olympic experience with the chance to understand first-hand how media operates in an Olympic environment. The training sessions, provided by top professionals, will provide great mentoring to these young people, who are eager to participate in this first edition of the Youth Olympic Games.”

The Young Reporters initiative is part of the IOC Culture and Education Programme (CEP) and the attendees will get cross-platform journalist-training and get to feel the real on-the-scene experience. They will be encouraged to blog about YOG topics from their own regions prior and during the Games. 

The CEP program promotes careers in sport, social responsibilities and other lifestyle choices.

Kevan Gosper, chairman of the IOC press commission added, “It will be an exciting time for these young reporters. Singapore gives them a unique opportunity to widen their reporting skills and to enhance the coverage of the Youth Olympic Games in their own and other countries.  The Young Reporters Training Programme will cover the traditional streams of newspaper, broadcast and photo journalism, as well as the challenges of using New Media to widen their audiences.”

TOP Partner Acer has provided the reporters with a limited edition laptop as they work. The training and activities will be driven by professionals in the fields of broadcast and print journalism, social media and photography.

Keywords · Youth Olympic Games · IOC · Young Reporters Programme · Singapore 2010

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