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Applications for IOC Young Reporters’ Programme Open

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has announced a second cycle of The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Young Reporters Programme, a sports journalism training programme that will be held during the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The Young Reportersinitiative will bring 30 young reporters from five continents to the Youth Olympic Games 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.

SASCOC is nominating two young reporters, one male and one female, to represent South Africa on the basis of performance and promise. The candidates can be university students busy withjournalism studies or young professionals already working full-time in the news media.

Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: SASCOC calls upon our South African youth to apply for the Young Reportersprogramme, a unique initiative aligned to train the youth to cover sports news and become excellent Olympic reporters. We encourage our youth to become involved with such programmes as they equip them with skills to report sports news objectively.

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event, first held in Singapore in August 2010. Chad le Clos, the young South African swimming sensation, made a strong impression at this inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore when he collected five medals. His success continued that year when he claimed gold in the 200-metre butterfly and the 400-metre individual medley at the Commonwealth Games, setting Games records in both events.At last year’s Olympics he won a gold and silver medal.

The first Young Reporters cycle was characterised by many accomplishments which include: a Youth Olympic Games covered by youth for youth; training in the foundations of Olympism and the relevance of the Olympic ideals, unmatched experience leading to Young Reporters confirming employment in the media and a selection of a number of them to cover the London Olympic Games for established media organisations.

For more information on the 2nd IOC Young Reporters Programme, please refer to the main document on SASCOCs website on the following link:

http://www.sascoc.co.za/second-young-reporters-programme-2014/

DEADLINES

  • 04 October 2013: Deadline for candidates application submissions to SASCOC.
  • 05 11 October 2013: Adjudication process by SASCOC on the two best candidates.
  • 17 October 2013: Deadline for SASCOC to submit two selected candidatesnames to ANOCA.
  • 16 November 2013: Deadline for ANOCA to submit names of four candidates two male and two female representing the African continent to the IOC.

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