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FISU Young Reporters Programme

FISU encompasses more than university sport competitions and the Young Reporters Programme exemplifies this. At every Summer Universiade, 12 aspiring college sports journalists are chosen to cover the 12 days of competition


Since the programme 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. The young reporter met in the stadium stands with the day's silver medalist from 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 chats with Jenneke on her attention-grabbing warm-up routine. The energy between the interviewer and athlete is infectious. The video goes viral as on YouTube alone the video racked up over one million views.


Sports fans got to witness a young athlete basking in the glow of the Universiade. One of those watching and loving what they were seeing from the young reporter was the national Czech television channel, who hired 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.  


Check out the latest works from the young reporters at 2017 Summer Universiade in their daily digital newspaper, Taipei Talks, found below. 


The International Young Reporters at Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade


FISU will host its fifth Young Reporters’ Programme for the first time at a Winter Universiade next March in Krasnoyarsk, Russia during the 29th 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 premiere winter university sports event to an international audience.


Young Reporters Programme Application Booklet

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