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The Young Reporters Programme exemplifies FISU's commitment to more than sport competitions. At every Universiade, 12 aspiring college 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 Universiades. While this is an education programme, it is organised and conducted by the FISU Media department, under the Media and Communication Committee.  


After the inaugural edition of the FISU Young Reporters’ Programme in 2011 at the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China and the successful editions during the Summer Universiades in Kazan (RUS/2013), Gwangju (KOR/2015) and Taipei City (TPE/2017), FISU will host its fifth Young Reporters’ Programme for the first time at a Winter Universiade – the 29th Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnoyarsk/RUS (2-12 March).


The Young Reporters’ Programme aims to take journalism students or recent graduates in journalism/communications from the five continents of Africa (1), America (2), Asia (1), Oceania (1) and Europe (1) right into the heart of the Games for 12 days, with full access to the competition venues and the Main Press Centre. Over these 12 days, participants are immersed in a multi-cultural learning experience that challenges them in many different ways.


Since it began at the 2011 Summer Universiade, the Young Reporters Programme has been a smashing success. The young journalists bring a fresh perspective to the storytelling medium. 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 have shown an uncanny ability to take audiences behind the scenes, discovering diamond-in-the-rough storylines.




Bringing Fresh Eyes and Energy to the Sports Journalism Game 

The reporting skills young reporters build by reporting live to a television audience or from having to write a feature story on a hard deadline is something that cannot be taught in the classroom. Wanting to report in such a way that the words go from the sports section and grabs your audience's attention is pressure similar to stepping into the Universiade arena on game day.


A Young Reporter Rising to the Challenge

During the 2015 Summer Universiade a student reporter from the Czech Republic, Lucie Hrdlickova, answered this challenge. In the stadium stands, the young reporter met with the day's silver medalist in the 100-meter hurdles, Michelle Jenneke of Australia.


Instead of just focusing the video interview on the Australian’s podium-winning performance, the young reporter chatted with Jenneke about her attention-grabbing warm-up routine. The energy between the interviewer and athlete was infectious. The video then went viral - on YouTube alone, it racked up over one million views.


Among those watching and loving what they saw, was the national Czech television channel, who went onto hire Hrdlickova as a reporter after the Universiade.





For Student Reporters, School is Still in Session

While the afternoon and evenings at the Universiade are spent chasing down story leads and editing articles, the young reporters are not outside the school scene entirely. To accelerate the learning of best practices, student reporters attend morning lectures on media-related topics taught by sports reporting veterans.


Young Reporters at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade

For the fourth time in Summer Universiade history, FISU selected 12 aspiring young journalists from the five continents to work a journalists while also receiving specialized media training during the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade, which ran from 19-30 August. 


The Young Reporters’ Programme is comprised of students and recent graduates from the fields of journalism/communications that are between 21-to-25 years of age. This select group of attendees come from the five continents and hone their skills through  for 14 days throughout the Universiade with full access to all competition venues and the Main Press Centre. At the 29th Summer Universiade, they international Young Reporter attendess were  oined by 12 journalism peers from Chinese Taipei.


All Young Reporters had both general and specialized training in various aspects of reporting and the coverage of major events such as the Universiade. The course will look at what makes a good human interest story, how to tell it informatively and entertainingly, when to look for more background detail and why accuracy and fairness still remain the cornerstones of reporting.


Where are the young reporters now? 

After four editions of the programme (in Shenzhen 2011, Kazan 2013, Gwangju 2015, Taipei 2017) the value of the Young Reporters Programme is validated by the trajectory of many of these then-aspiring media careers. Alumni now lead key functions in the media and communication industry, such as producer at FOX TV Australia, communication director at a National Olympic Committee, reporter at the Toronto Star and a press officer at a national university sports federation, to name a few.  

«My career in sports media is due in large to my participation in the YRP program. It’s so hard to get real journalism experience when you’re in school, and not only was the YRP program an experience, it was one of the greatest experiences I could have ever asked for. It prepared me for the real, fast paced world of sports journalism, from interviewing to editing and from mixed zones to press conferences.There’s nowhere on earth I could have gotten an experience even close to the one I did with YRP, and I’m so happy I did because I love the job that it led to.»

- Kelcey Wright (CAN) – Alumnus YRP Kazan 2013


The International Young Reporters at Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade


With all four previous editions of the programme being a genuine success, FISU had a tough selection to choose six aspiring young journalists to bring the premier winter university sports event to an international audience.


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Young Reporters Programme Application Booklet