Young Sports Journalists head for China

By Roslyn Morris, AIPS Secretary General
60 young sports journalists from five continents are heading for  the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen for a young reporters training program at the 26th Summer Universiade.

(L-R) ON HAND TO MEET THE EARLY ARRIVALS: Li Shi Biao, Deputy Director Media and Communications Department, Shenzhen 2011, Roslyn Morris, Secretary General, AIPS, Shen Ting Ting, Senior Specialist Media and Communications Department, Shenzhen 2011, Li Zhitian, Senior Specialist Media and Communications Department, Shenzhen 2011, Dejan Susovic, FISU Director Media & Communications

Jointly organized by AIPS, FISU – the International University Sports Federation and the Shenzhen 2011 Organising Committee, it is the very first program of its kind to be conducted at a university games.
Thirty young journalists selected by AIPS (including one from Canada), 10 from FISU (including two Canadians) and 20 local Chinese journalists will be tutored and mentored by sports press veterans from AIPS and will participate in a number of high-level seminars conducted by international sports experts and federation representatives.
Expert seminars
Seminars will be conducted by Anthony Edgar, Head of IOC Olympic Games Media Operations, Terence O’Rorke, Senior Manager Media Relations and Communications, WADA, Alexander Koch, Communications and Marketing Executive, FIFA and Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General  of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). They will be joined by Bruno Grandi, President International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Risto Nieminen, President World Lottery Association (WLA), Nicolas Messner, Head of Communications, International Judo Federation (IJF).
“The aim of the program is to give the young reporters a broad experience and to provide them with knowledge that will form a firm career base,” AIPS President Gianni Merlo said. “It is very important they experience a multi-sport event and a Universiade is the ideal situation for a first-time experience,” Merlo added.
“The fact that a large number of high profile international experts will join the program is indicative of the importance placed on the education of the younger generation of sports journalists,” the AIPS President said.
Participants in the program will submit articles to their own media as well as to the AIPS, FISU and Shenzhen Universiade web platforms and local media including the China Daily newspaper.
AIPS Mentors and Trainers
Among the AIPS mentors and trainers are Sports Media Canada President Steve McAllister, Gianni Merlo, AIPS President, Esat Yilmaer, AIPS First-vice president and President Turkish Sports Writers’ Association, Roslyn Morris, AIPS Secretary General, Zhang Haifeng, member AIPS Executive Committee, and President China Sports Press Association, Gu Yaoming,  Advisor to AIPS president and  former AIPS Executive Committee member, Mr Deszo Dobor, AIPS Executive Committee, Evelyn Watta, AIPS Executive Committee, and Chairman of the AIPS New Media Commission, Chan Fai (Raymond) Chan, Secretary General Hong Kong Sports Press Association, Zhou Jing, Deputy Secretary General, China Sports Press Association, and  Andrea Giannini. Alan Abrahamson, 3wire sports is coordinating the curriculum as program director.
FISU will be represented by Leonz Eder, Chair FISU International Press Committee, Verena Burk, Vice-Chair FISU International Press Committee, Dejan Susovic, FISU Director Media & Communications and Christian Pierre, FISU Press Officer.
3,100 accredited media
Joining the 3,100 accredited media (2,600 Chinese mainland and 500 international including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) will be:
AIPS reporters
Mr Abdoulie Bah (GAM) West Coast Radio and Gambia Sports Online
Miss Maureen Mwende Munguti (KEN) Citizen TV, Royal Media Services
Miss Rougui Alassane Niane (SEN) Stade Newspaper
Mr Mwita Mwaikenda (TAN) Express Newspaper, The Hill Observer
Miss Ritah Aliguma (UGA) TV Channel 44
Mr Enrique Gregorio Arrillaga Ruiz (URU) Ovación Sports Newspaper
Mr Julio Enrique Bonnin Cadogan (PAR) ABC Color Newspaper
Mr Alejandro Ernesto Bendaña Ortega (NCA) Radio Sandino, Channel 4 TV, EL 19
Miss Kelsey Marie Wingerak (CAN) Ryerson University Sports Department
Mr Aaron Benjamin David Lawton (NZL) Fairfax Newspapers
Mr Enerelt Otgonbaatar (MGL) Tavan Tsagarig Sports Newspaper
Mr Sung Ryong Ha (KOR) Chosun Newspaper
Mr Alexandre Roos (FRA) L’Equipe
Mr Yoshihiro Kimura (JPN) NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Mr Alireza Ashraf (IRN) ISNA News Agency
Mr Ozan Can Sülüm (TUR) Eurosport , TV
Miss Anna Fedyakina (RUS) Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Miss Agnieszka Marta Niedzialek (POL) Radio FENIKS and
Miss Shorouq Ibrahim Mahmoud Zaid (PLE) Palestine News Agency WAFA, Palestine Radio
Miss Natalia Donets (MDA)Athletics Federation of Moldova, editorial team
Mr Zilvinas Petkus (LTU) Lithuanian State Radio and Television
Mr Lukas Müller (LIE) Liechtensteiner Vaterlander Newspaper
Mr Jonathan Mishal (ISR) Yedioth Ahronoth Newspaper
Mr Thorkell Gunnar Sigurbjörnsson (ICL) Icelandic National Broadcasting Service TV
Mr Jan Philipp Mies (ISL) Sports Information Dienst (SID) Newsagency
Mr Marco Mugnaioli (ITA) IULM School of Journalism
Mr Benedek Mohay (HUN) Hungarian TV
Mr Emmanouil (Manolis) Meremetis (GRE)
Mr Gergo (Gergely) Kodrucz (HUN) Freelance Photographer
Mr Egor Aleev (RUS) InKazan Photo Agency
Mr Taiki Hisamura (JPN) NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Miss Elza Khabeeva (RUS) News Media Agency
FISU reporters
Sene Diacounda (SEN)
Komugisha Usher (UGA)
Justin Fauteux (CAN)
Everton Ferreira de Melo (BRA)
Erin Meagher (CAN)
Natasha Campos Mendez (CRC)
Tirtha Kumar Sarma (IND)
Enkhnaran Jargalsaikhan (MGL)
Nicole Torregrossa (GER)
Sonja Nikčević (SRB)
Christian Colin V. Cruz (NMI)
Dominick Czakilew (AUS)