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WCF Trainee Sports Media Programme

The 2012 winners of the Trainee Journalist & Photographer Programme Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

The WCF Trainee Sports Media Programme (formerly Trainee Journalist and Photographer Programme) was established in 2012.

It is designed to give aspiring young sports journalists, photographers and TV production assistants from around the world the opportunity to gain valuable media experience at an international sporting event.

Trainee journalists will get to interview athletes and others involved in the Championship for regular news reports, while they will also be given the opportunity to write some feature reports.

Photographers meanwhile will be tasked with capturing all the action on the ice and behind the scenes for the duration of the Championship.

TV production trainees will get a wide grounding in many aspects of staging a live sports host broadcast production. Tasks may include assisting with audio and camera equipment,
working with the World Curling TV ENG news feature crew and helping the WCTV Production Management team.

The work of the trainee journalists and photographers will be 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, along with the TV Production Assistant.

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 at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships 2013, another journalist who joined us at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2014, and a photographer for the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014.

The WCF cover all travel and accommodation costs as well as provide a monetary allowance for trainees each day.