3rd IOC Young Reporters Program
The 3rd International Olympic Committee Young Reporters Program is a sports journalism training program that will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 19 in conjunction with the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, with the potential of a second stage of training from Jan. 10-19 in conjunction with the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. The initiative will include 30 young reporters from five continents.

The young reporters will arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sept. 30, 2018. Classroom training and lectures will be held from Oct. 1-5 with field training (starting with reporting) beginning at the Opening Ceremony on Oct. 6.

The young reporters will receive intensive class and field training in written, photographic, television, radio and new media reporting, as well as dedicated forums with guest speakers representing key international media organizations and senior Olympic officials. The integration of social media, coding and the use of algorithms will form a core component of the young reporters’ training, giving participants all the tools necessary to work in today’s evolving newsrooms.

The IOC will cover the cost of airfare, meals, twin-share hotel accommodation and training by seasoned Olympic journalists, who will act as mentors and coaches. Young reporters will be responsible for all other expenses incurred during the program.

Following the program 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 Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, to be held Jan. 10-19.

 

Qualifications
Applicants via the United States Olympic Committee must be U.S. citizens, 18-24 years old (as of Sept. 30, 2018) and either university journalism students, or young professionals working as reporters. Candidates must have full proficiency in English (written and spoken).



Application and Selection Process

All interested candidates must complete this questionnaire and submit the following materials to communications@usoc.org with the subject line “Young Reporters Program Application” by Sept. 22, 2017:

  1. Résumé
  2. References (3-5) – include name, affiliation, phone, email and relationship
  3. Portfolio – provide one .pdf document or a link to an online portfolio
  4. Essay (500-600 words) – describe your interest in journalism, sport and the Young Reporters Program, as well as career aspirations

The USOC will select one male and one female candidate for submission to the Pan American Sports Organization, which will then submit two male and two female participants to the IOC for consideration. The IOC will carry out an interview process with remaining candidates, and will announce the winners on Dec. 12, 2017. 

For more information regarding the program and selection procedure, click here.


Contact
For questions regarding the IOC Young Reporters Program, please contact communications@usoc.org.