Apply for the Sports Media Trainee Programme

Please note: All applicants must be studying in full-time education and be aged 18 or over. For more information, refer to the competition RULES below.

Applications are now being taken from students for five positions. They are:

A. One photography trainee for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 in Helsingborg, Sweden from 16-23 November 2019.

B. One trainee journalist and one photography trainee for the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia from 15-22 February 2020.

C. One trainee journalist and one photography trainee for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019 in Kelowna, Canada from 18-25 April 2020.


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


  1. Students are asked to submit a 400-word report on their favourite Olympic memory and the significance of it to them.
  2. Students must also write six questions, three that they would ask the gold medal winning skip following their victory in the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 final between Canada and Sweden and three questions they would ask the losing skip based on the line-scores pictured below.


  • Entries exceeding the word count will NOT be accepted.
  • Students must clearly state which event they would be willing to attend based on the breakdown above: B or C.
  • Entries are to be submitted as a .pdf
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 Sweden (Edin) 000101023X7
 Canada (Koe)001010000X2



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 that captures both movement and the passion within the sport of choice.


  • Students should include a list of all their photography equipment. Failure to include this may lead to the entry not being accepted.
  • Preferably, the entry should be a complete set of images from one event.
  • Students must clearly state which event they would be willing to attend based on the breakdown above: A, B, C or ANY.
  • All images are to be submitted in .jpg format.
  • Each image size must not exceed 500kb.


Please send your applications to [email protected] no later than 17:00 GMT on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Please attach the documents or images to your email along with the following information:

  • Full name:
  • Age:
  • Phone Number (inc. country code):
  • Social media handles:
  • Blogs:
  • Name of Educational Institution:
  • Course Title:
  • Course Contact:

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to have a Skype interview the week of 21 October 2019 and all applicants will be informed on their results no later than Thursday 24 October 2019.


Applicants must be aged 18 years or above.

Applicants must be studying for more than 12 hours per week in a recognised 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. If visas are required the World Curling Federation will reimburse costs incurred for those to be retrieved.

Applicants must be able to travel to the championships for the dates mentioned above.

Each applicant must have a valid passport that has more than six months on it, from the first day of travel, before it expires.

Applications from previous winners of the Sport Media Trainee Programme will not be considered.

Please note: The World Curling Federation tries to ensure this 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.


The World Curling Federation’s Sports Media Trainee Programme is aimed at aspiring young sports writers and photographers.

Students from around the world are given a unique opportunity to develop journalistic or photography skills in a practical setting, providing them with first-hand knowledge and experience to help them progress prospective careers within the media industry.

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 feature reports and contribute to social media published at the event.

Photographers will be tasked with capturing all the action on the ice and behind the scenes for the duration of the championship. They will be required to turn around pictures quickly with the relevant editing and tagging, as would be the case in international news and photography outlets.

In addition to their work for the World Curling Federation, trainees may also be asked to assist their own Member Association’s communications – should they be participating in the event – as well.