2014/15 Sports Media Trainee Programme

  • Gain practical experience at an international sports event Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

The World Curling Federation (WCF) is pleased to launch the Sports Media Trainee Programme 2014/15.

Following the success of the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Programmes (formerly Trainee Journalist and Photographer Programme), the WCF is expanding the programme again this year thanks to a generous donation from the Foundation for Global Sports Development.

Eight students will be given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at three of our Championship events.

At this moment, one trainee journalist and one trainee photographer, along with a newly created position of TV production trainee, will be selected to join the WCF Media & Communications Team at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 in Champery, Switzerland between 20 and 30 November.

Entries are now open and must be submitted no later than 13:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on Thursday 16 October 2014.

The programme will be launched again in January to find more trainees World Curling Championship Events in February and March.


One trainee journalist, one trainee photographer and one TV production trainee will be selected to attend the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 between 20 and 30 November.

The three selected winners will be rewarded with a fully paid trip to these Championships, including return flights, accommodation and some living expenses for the duration of the event.



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 500 word report on their sporting hero’s greatest moment and why it was so special to them personally.

2. Students must also write three questions that they would ask the gold medal winning skip following their victory in a World Curling Championship final and three questions they would ask the losing skip based on the following line-scores pictured below.

• Entries exceeding the word count will NOT be accepted
• Entries are to be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc) format


Photographers are invited to show their creativity and skill by providing a selection of images of a sporting activity.

Students are asked to submit 10 images from a local sports event which captures both movement and the passion within the sport of choice.

• All images to be submit in jpg format
• Each image must be no larger than 0.5MB

TV Production

Candidates wishing to apply for the position of TV Production trainee must demonstrate their interest and understanding of TV production.

Candidates must write 300 words explaining what aspects of live TV sports production interests them and why.

This should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

In addition to this written document, TV Production trainees must also submit an up to date Curriculum Vitae (Resume).


Please send your applications to media@worldcurling.org no later than 13:00 GMT on Thursday 16 October 2014.

Please include the Word Document or Images to your email along with the following information:

• Full name
• Address
• Date of Birth
• Phone Number
• Name of Educational Institution
• Course Title
• Course Contact
(they will be contacted should you be shortlisted)

Winners will be notified on Friday 24 October 2014.


• Applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 years of age before 20 November 2014

• 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

• Applicants must be able to travel to the Championships for the dates mentioned above.
Note: The World Curling Federation is keen to ensure the 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.

More about the Programme

The WCF's Sports Media Trainee Programme is aimed at aspiring young sports writers, TV production students and trainee photographers.

Students from around the world are given a unique opportunity to develop journalistic, broadcast production 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 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.

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