FISU Young Reporters' Program


Apply now for the 2015 FISU Young Reporters' Program. If you're aged between 21-25 and have an interest in sports journalism, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. After the inaugural edition in 2011 at the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China and a successful 2nd edition at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) will host its FISU U-Media programme for the 3rd time at the 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju, Korea.

FISU launched this journalism education programme to provide young (sport) journalists with a unique training experience during FISU’s major multisport event, the Summer Universiade. Both previous editions of the FISU Young Reporters’ Programme were a genuine success.

For the 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju, Korea (July 3rd to 14th, 2015), FISU once again will invite 12 aspiring young journalists from the five continents to the Games in Gwangju alongside the athletes where they will receive specialized media training. The Young Reporters’ Programme (YRP) aims to include 21 to 25-year-old students or recent graduates in journalism/communications from the five continents of Africa (2), America (4), Asia (2), Oceania (2) and Europe (2) right into the middle of the Games for 14 days, with full access to the competition venues and MPC. They will be joined by their peers from Korea.

FISU will nominate 12 (6 male & 6 female) Young Reporters on the basis of performance and promise. They could be university students engaged in journalism/communications studies or young graduates ready to embark on a full-time media career. FISU will cover the cost of travel from the candidate’s home to Gwangju and back, while the Gwangju OC will provide accommodation and meals.

Individuals interested in applying are asked to submit in English:
- Current and detailed CV with date of birth and photo accompanied by covering letter;
- Current address, E-mail address and Skype address;
- Two letters of reference from academic or professional contacts;
- An A4 page text (300 to 500 words) that could serve as an intro page for a book entitled: ‘Major Sporting Events: Pitfalls for Young Reporters?’

Applications will be accepted until October 15th, 2014. Applications reaching FISU after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. All applications should be sent to in pdf format. An intake interview might be conducted via Skype for the final selection round to assess the English proficiency of the candidates. Applications will be reviewed by the FISU Media and Communication Committee.