The Sports Media Trainee Programme is set for its seventh year and this season, 2019-2020, six students from six countries have been selected.
The successful candidates will work with the World Curling Federation’s media team at three international curling championships – the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 and the World Junior Curling and World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships 2020.
The students will gain first-hand experience working in a fast-paced media team at international curling events. They will be mentored by professionals in the field.
The journalists will interview athletes, write features and game reports and collate posts for social media. They will do this while working to time-sensitive deadlines.
The photographers will shoot, edit and keyword images live and they will archive images onto a database that news outlets and Member Associations can access to promote the sport. They will learn skills and nuances for shooting curling, again all in the live sports environment.
Past winners of the programme have gone on to cover major international sporting events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and have secured employment in media jobs across a variety of sectors.
More on the Sports Media Trainee Programme can be found here.
The World Curling Federation’s selection panel anonymously selected the winning candidates in November 2019. Congratulations to the winners and special thanks to those who submitted entries.
Winners will document their experiences with a blog at each event.
Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 (Helsingborg, Sweden): 16-23 November
- Journalist: Dimitris Kouimtsidis, 23, studying MA Journalism (Sports) at the University of Lincoln in England
- Photographer: Cheyenne Boone, 20, studying Picture Editing at Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States
World Junior Curling Championships 2020 (Krasnoyarsk, Russia): 15-22 February
- Journalist: Olivia Crook-Simiana, 19, studying Joint Honours of Communications and Political Science (French Immersion) at the University of Ottawa in Canada
- Photographer: Emil Cooper, 18, studying Bachelor of Design (International) Major in Landscape Architecture at Queensland University of Technology in Australia
World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2020 (Kelowna, Canada): 18-25 April
- Journalist: Mark McKillen, 21, studying Journalism at Ulster University in Ireland
- Photographer: Gesang Zhuoma, 21, studying Marketing at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in China