Calling all budding sports reporters for the youth olympic games! Do you have what it takes to capture the passion of sport in a photo, a video or with words? The international olympic committee (IOC) is now accepting applications for the third cycle of young reporters programme for young creatives to report on the forthcoming youth olympic games buenos aires 2018.

The Young Reporters initiative will bring 30 young reporters from five continents to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (Argentina), which will take place from 6  to 18 October 2018. The costs of flights, accommodation and meals are included, and all equipment will be provided for the duration of the Games.

Once at the Games, the Young Reporters will have access to the Youth Olympic Village and all the sports, and will receive intensive training from some of the top names in Olympic reporting in print, photographic, television, radio and social media. This group of Young Reporters will also be joined by teams from Argentina (the host nation for the YOG 2018) and Switzerland (the host nation for the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020).

Benefits:

  • The IOC will cover the cost of economy airfares, all meals, twin-share hotel accommodation and full tuition by seasoned Olympic journalists, who will act as mentors and coaches.
  • Following the training programme in Buenos Aires, the top 15 Young Reporters, as selected by the Mentors, will be invited to the second stage of training, to be held at the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland (10 – 19 January 2020).

Eligibility:

Open to university student studying media or journalism, or a young professional working in media.

Aspiring Young Reporters:

  • will be aged 18 to 24 years old
  • will consist of four participants from each continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe)
  • will be 2 male and 2 female reporters from each continent
  • will be studying journalism at college or will be working as reporters
  • will have reporting proficiency in English
  • will have a portfolio and references

Application Process:

First step is to get in touch with your National Olympic Committee, which will nominate Young Reporters on the basis of performance and competence. The respective Continental Association will then select two male and two female journalists to represent the continent. The IOC will announce the successful list of candidates on 12 December 2017, following a one-on-one interview in English and a vetting process with all the candidates.

Timelines:

  • 1 November 2017: Deadline for NOCs to nominate candidates (max. 2) to their Continental Association.
  • 2-15 November 2017: Continental Associations to review all applications and select two male and two female participants to represent their continent, with a limit of one Young Reporter per NOC.
  • 5 November 2017: Deadline for Continental Associations to submit candidate applications and dossiers to the IOC.
  • 16 November – 10 December 2017: IOC carries out the interview process with all applicants. The final decision on the suitability of nominated candidates remains with the IOC
  • 12 December 2017: IOC announces list of participants for the 3rd IOC Young Reporters programme.

Deadline: November 1, 2017.

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