2015 International University Sports Federation Young Reporters’ Programme, Korea (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: October 15 2014


What: FISU Young Reporters’ Programme
Where: Universiade in Gwangju, Korea
When: July 3rd to 14th, 2015
Worth: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.

After the inaugural edition of the FISU Young Reporters’ Programme 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.

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 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.

Selection Criteria:

  • Candidates will be between the ages of 21 and 25 undertaking full or part time studies towards a career in communications, journalism or other areas of news media.
  • Recent university graduates working as interns or in similar training roles in established news organizations may also be considered.
  • They will be outstandingly proficient in writing and presenting news reports in English.
  • Candidates will be judged on their academic records, the recommendations of teaching staff or managers and should, above all, show real potential to succeed at their chosen media career.
  • Evidence of excellence in coursework or in the media workplace must be established and provided with the nomination.
  • Strong references will be required from their university or an employer (internship).
  • Evidence of published work will be an advantage.
  • Candidates must be able to travel on the required dates and be available to partake, full time, in the complete programme over the duration of the Universiade.
  • Candidates must be willing to sign an agreement form setting out the conditions of their participation in the FISU Young Reporters’ Programme, which will include copyright free usage of their course content.
  • Candidates must have a valid passport for international travel.
  • Upon selection they will receive the necessary documents from the Gwangju OC for their visa if needed.
  • The final decision on the suitability of nominated candidates remains with FISU.
  • Fluency in French, Spanish and/or Russian (in addition to English) will be considered an asset.
  • Experience in high performance sport (as a competitor, official, coach, team manager etc.) will also be considered an asset

How to Apply:

  • 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.
  • An intake interview might be conducted via Skype for the final selection round to assess the English proficiency of the candidates. Candidates will be duly informed.
  • Please note: Applications will be reviewed by the FISU Media and Communication Committee, chaired by Verena Burk, FISU EC Member.

Send Applications to:

All applications should be sent to [email protected] in pdf format.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Young Reporters’ Programme


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