The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that the IOC Young Reporters Programme, a sports journalism training programme, 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 from 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 who 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.
The IOC will cover the cost of airfares, accommodation, meals and full tuition. 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.
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