Built around the 2019 London Youth Games, the project will see young BAME Londoners given training by experienced BCOMS journalists and offered media access to London Youth Games events during the 2019 season.
Supported and backed by London Sport as part of efforts to diversify the capital’s broader sporting workforce, the project aims to provide valuable volunteering support to Europe’s largest youth sports festival, while providing a practical means to enhance diversity in sports journalism by providing invaluable exposure to real reporting opportunities across London.
The project was announced at yesterday’s D Word 3 Conference (below), where leading figures from journalism, sport, academia opened a collective debate on the future of the sports media and the opportunities to create a more diverse media as forms of journalism evolve to meet new consumer trends.
Young people aged between 18 – 25 should email email@example.com for more information on how to get involved.
Research conducted by BCOMS to coincide with the conference showed:
Leon Mann, Founder, Black Collective of Media in Sport, said:
“The sports media has a serious problem with under representation and BCOMS are committed to playing a role in changing that.
“The partnership with London Sport is highly significant for us, as this support allows our network to deliver some very practical outcomes, while helping to provide the industry with some new diverse talent.
“We cannot wait to work with the young people and see them thrive at the London Youth Games and beyond.”
Commenting on the partnership, Tove Okunniwa, Chief Executive of London Sport, said:
“Having spent a significant number of years working for one of the world’s biggest broadcasters, I have seen first-hand the important role that greater diversity can bring, both to the media and to the sport industry.
“By working with BCOMS, I am delighted that we will be supporting efforts to enhance future media diversity while also providing tangible support to the London Youth Games, which remain a vital part of the capital’s sporting fabric.”