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Trainee Journalist & Photographer Programme 2013/14

Trainee journalists will get the opportunity to interview World Champions Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

The World Curling Federation is pleased to announce the launch of the Trainee Journalist and Photographer Programme 2013/14.

Following the success of the 2012/13 Programme, the World Curling Federation is expanding the competition this year as we give FOUR students the opportunity to report from our Championship events.

One trainee journalist and one trainee photographer will be selected to join the WCF Media & Communications Team at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 in Stavanager, Norway in November.

Another trainee journalist and trainee photographer will also be selected to join the Team at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2014 which is taking place in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, in March.

Students are invited to select which event they would prefer to attend, either the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 or the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2014. Alternatively, if students do not have a preference they could opt to attend either of the Championships.

Entries are now open and must be submitted no later than 13:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on Monday 28 October 2013.

For more details about the application process, please see below.

Competition

JOURNALISTS

Overview:
Journalist entrants are required to demonstrate their ability to write a newsworthy story and develop creative interview questions.

Note: The World Curling Federation is keen to ensure the competition is as accessible as possible to students from all over the world by allowing entries to be submitted in their native language. However, basic English would be an essential requirement to be eligible to take part effectively in this programme.

Task:
1. Students are asked to submit a 500 word report on their sporting hero’s greatest moment and why it was so special to them personally.

2. Students must also write three questions that they would ask the gold medal winning skip following their victory in a World Curling Championship final and three questions they would ask the losing skip based on the following line-scores pictured below.

Requirements
• Entries exceeding the word count will NOT be accepted
• Entries are to be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc) format

Last year's winners, Alina and Kyle, at work at the World Junior Curling Championships 2013 in Sochi, Russia. Read about their experiences here

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Overview:
Photographers are invited to show their creativity and skill by providing a selection of images of a sporting activity.

Task:
Students are asked to submit 10 images from a local sports event which captures both movement and the passion within the sport of choice.

Requirements
• All images to be submit in jpg format
• Each image must be no larger than 50Kb

Prize

One trainee journalist and one trainee photographer will be selected to attend the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 between 22 November and 1 December.

One trainee journalist and one trainee photographer will be selected to attend the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2014 between 14-24 March.

Each winner will be rewarded with a fully paid trip to one of the mentioned events, including return flights, accommodation and some living expenses for the duration of the event.

Rules

• Applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 years of age before 20 November 2013
• Applicants must be studying for more than 12 hours per week in either High School, College or University
• All applicants are responsible for any additional costs personally incurred during their time on the Programme, for example missed departures and travel insurance
• Applicants must be able to travel to at least one of the Championships for the duration of the event. To find out which Championship is on when, visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/events

Apply

Please send your applications to media@worldcurling.org no later than 13:00 GMT on Monday 28 October 2013.

Please include the Word Document or Images to your email along with the following information:

• Full name
• Address
• Date of Birth
• Phone Number
• Name of Educational Institution
• Course Title
• Course Contact
(they will be contacted should you be shortlisted)
Championship you would like to attend:
(1) Le Gruyére European Curling Championships 2013
(2) Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2014
(3) Either Championship


Winners will be notified on Monday, 4 November 2013.

More about the Programme

The WCF Trainee Journalist and Photographer Programme was established in 2012 and is designed to give aspiring young sports journalists and photographers from across the world the opportunity to gain valuable media experience at an international sporting event.

Trainee journalists get to interview athletes and report on the competition, while photographers are tasked with capturing all of the action on the ice and behind the scenes.

Their work is published not only on the WCF event website and social media but may also feature on their own Member Association's website and social media (where available) as well as in mainstream media publications.

Trainee journalists and photographers are also given the opportunity to experience webcast productions during the Championships.

This unique opportunity gives students the chance to develop journalistic or photography skills in a practical setting, providing them with vital knowledge and experience which will help them progress prospective careers within the media industry.

Last year we opened entries to those aged between 18 and 30 years old who were in full-time education and had a passion for sport and a keen interest in writing or photography.

A selection panel picked one trainee journalist and one trainee photographer to join us on a fully paid trip to report from the World Junior Curling Championships 2013 in Sochi, Russia. You can read about their experiences by clicking on the link below.

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