IOC’s Young Reporter Program – Nanjing 2014


The International Olympic Committee’s Young Reporter Program for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games is a sports journalism training program that will run from Aug. 13-28, 2014, in conjunction with the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The Nanjing 2014 program will feature 35 young reporters from five continents and 24 countries. Participants will reside in the Youth Olympic Village alongside the athletes, and have access to the sports and athlete education programs. The program is designed to offer specialized media training across all media disciplines with a special emphasis on the integration of social media in 2014.

The young reporters are aged between 18-24 and represent Africa, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe. They will be joined by young reporter representatives from YOG host cities Nanjing 2014, Lillehammer 2016, Buenos Aires 2018, as well as the next Olympic Games, Rio 2016.

For more information on the IOC’s Young Reporter program for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, visit

Young Reporter: Emily Bayci, United States

Emily Bayci, 24, graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in News-Editorial Journalism in 2008 and wrote frequently for her student newspaper The Daily Illini. She interned with the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2011, covering series of events at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, including USA Basketball camps and trials. During the summer of 2012, she attended the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, where she reported on events happening in New Orleans and helped with the management of the website and social media outlets.  

To learn more about Bayci, visit her Young Reporter profile page at

Selection Process

As the National Olympic Committee for the United States, the USOC selected two candidates to present to the Pan American Sports Organization. All interested candidates were required to complete the online registration process by Sept. 30, 2013. The USOC then selected two U.S. candidates and submitted nominations – including résumés, appropriate work samples and letters of recommendation – to PASO as of Nov. 1, 2013.

PASO selected four nominees, two male and two female, to represent the Americas at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, with a limit of one young reporter per NOC. From there, the IOC conducted online interviews with all candidates and notifed all successful young reporters as of Dec. 16, 2013.

Participants are required to be between 18-24 years of age (as of Aug. 28, 2014) and either university students engaged in journalism studies or young professionals already working fulltime in the news media.

For more information on the selection process and timeline, click here.