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Young Reporter required at Youth Olympic Games, China

Deadline: 1 November 2013
Open to: aspiring young reporters aged 18 to 24 years old representing Africa, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe
Venue: 16-28 August 2014 in Nanjing, China


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is delighted to announce a second cycle for the IOC Young Reporters Programme, a sports journalism training programme that will be run during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The Young Reporters’ initiative will bring 30 young reporters from five continents to the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing (China), 16-28 August 2014, offering them homes in the Youth Olympic Village alongside the athletes, access to all the sports, and specialised media training from senior sports journalists.

The programme will include aspiring young reporters aged 18 to 24 years old representing Africa, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe. They will be joined by young reporters from China (the host nation for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games), Norway (the host nation for the 2016 Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games) and the host nation of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (to be announced in July 2013).

National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will nominate Young Reporters on the basis of performance and promise. They could be university students engaged in journalism studies or young professionals already working full-time in the news media. Then each Continental Association will choose two male and two female participants to represent their Continent. Professional trainers and seasoned journalists will act as mentors and coaches.

The programme will offer Young Reporters intensive class and field training in written, photographic, television, radio and new media reporting of sport as well as guest speakers representing key international media organizations and senior Olympic officials. The integration of social media and new media platforms will form a core component of the Young Reporters training, giving participants all the tools required to work in today’s converging news rooms.


Young Reporters will be aged between 18 and 24 years (as at 28 August 2014). Each Continent will be represented by two female and two male Young Reporters, but only one Young Reporter per NOC can participate, with the exception of host nation China.

Candidates must have already made a career choice to work in the media, either studying or already working in the media. Young Reporters should be undertaking full or part time studies towards a career in journalism or other areas of news media. Recent university graduates working as interns or in similar training roles in established news organisations may also be considered. Candidates from non-English speaking countries will be proficient in writing and presenting news reports in English.

Candidates will be judged on their academic records, the recommendations of teaching staff or managers and should, above all, show real potential to succeed at their chosen media career. Evidence of excellence in coursework or in the media workplace must be established and provided with the nomination. Strong references will be required from their university or an employer. Evidence of published work will be considered an asset.


The IOC will cover the cost of airfares, accommodation, meals and full tuition.


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.

NOCs will coordinate their own selection process and will select no more than two suitable candidates and submit to their Continental Association, including a dossier for each candidate by 1 November 2013.

Please direct your questions to: Anthony Edgar, Head of Media Operations for the International Olympic Committee at +41 21 621 6111 or to Toshio Tsurunaga, Programme Manager for Relations with National Olympic Committees for the International Olympic Committee at or +41 21 621 6111.


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