Postponed twice (2021 and 2022) The Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games are now confirmed for 28 July-8 August 2023 and will invite young journalists from around the world to participate in the Young Reporters Programme in China.
The Young Reporters Programme exemplifies FISU’s commitment to more than sports competitions. At every FISU World University Games, a group of talented aspiring sports journalists are chosen to cover the 12 days of competition.
The International University Sports Federation launched this journalism education programme to provide young sports journalists with a unique training experience during FISU’s major multi-sport events, the summer and winter World University Games. While this is an education programme, it is organized and conducted by the FISU Media department, under the Media and Communication Committee and in partnership with the International Sports Press Association (AIPS).
The Young Reporters Programme takes journalism students (aged 20 to 25) or recent graduates in the fields of journalism and communications or digital media from the continents of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe right into the heart of the multi-sport event for its entire duration, with full access to the competition venues and the Main Press Centre. Over this fortnight, participants are immersed in a multicultural learning experience that challenges them in many different ways and is joined by journalism peers from the host nation.
In addition to covering sporting events at the FISU Games, participants will also take part in lectures delivered by experienced media and communications professionals and expert mentorship from current sports journalists. All Young Reporters receive both general and specialized training in various aspects of reporting and the coverage of major events such as the FISU World University Games. The course programme looks at what makes a good human interest story, how to produce news stories under tight deadlines, when to look for background detail and why accuracy and fairness still remain the cornerstones of reporting. The FISU and AIPS partnership enables wonderful mentors and leaders to help deliver the curriculum to aspiring Young Reporters.
Since it began at the Summer Universiade 2011, the Young Reporters Programme has been a smashing success. The young journalists bring a fresh perspective to the storytelling. The students have full credential access to the Athlete Village and competition venues, just like any other professional journalist. With this access, the Young Reporters in the past, have shown an uncanny ability to take audiences behind the scenes, discovering diamond-in-the-rough storylines.
Candidates will be selected based on their background and education, recommendations of teaching staff or managers, and their motivation letter that will outline why they would be an excellent selection for the programme. Those interested should be available between 25 July and 9 August 2023, which includes the duration of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games.
14th April 2023
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