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Accepting applications for Sport Media Trainee Program

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

It is designed to give aspiring young sports journalists and photographers from around the world the opportunity to gain valuable media experience at international sporting events.

Trainee journalists get to interview athletes, write features, create content for social media and report on the competition, while photographers are tasked with capturing all of the action on the ice and behind the scenes.

The work of the trainee journalists and photographers will be published not only on the World Curling Federation event website and social media but may also feature on their own Member Association’s website and social media as well as in mainstream media publications.

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.

Entries are taken from those who are in full-time education - over 12 hours per week - 18-years-old or above and have a passion for sport and a keen interest in writing or photography.

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

In season 2017-2018, the successful applicants will travel to Switzerland, Scotland or Sweden and will join the World Curling Federation media team - promoting the sport of curling - in what is set to be an extra special season, that includes the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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

A. One trainee journalist and one photography trainee for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 in St Gallen, Switzerland from 17-25 November 2017.

B. One trainee journalist and one photography trainee for the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland from 3-11 March 2018.

C. One trainee journalist and one photography trainee for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2018 in Oestersund, Sweden from 21-28 April 2018.


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 Program 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 program.

Entries for the 2017-2018 Sports Media Trainee Program are NOW being taken. To find out more and to apply visit,

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Posted by Lauren Flum on 10.06.2017 @ 00:00:00