London Sport and BCOMS are calling on young people from diverse backgrounds who have aspirations to work in the sports media.
Whether you see yourself in front of the camera hosting a show, writing a piece for a national paper or directing cameras at sporting events, the BCOMS ‘Diversification of Sports Media programme’ is a great avenue to develop and help build a career. Get involved! Those on the programme get a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the 2019 London Youth Games.
The programme is 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.
We are looking for young, aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds such as BAME, LGBT+, Disability and Females who will be given training by experienced BCOMS journalists and offered media access to London Youth Games events during the 2019 season.
To submit an application for this programme we would like 200 words on ‘Why you would like to be on the programme.’ Alongside this please send an example(s) of some of your work and your CV to: email@example.com
The deadline for this application is: Monday 12th November
If you are successfully admitted to the programme you must commit to attending all 10 sessions that we will host. These sessions will all be based on practical sports journalism skills, such as writing, commentary, photography, match reports, interviewing, etc.
Please note these sessions will be in the evening during the week.
Additionally, you must also commit to volunteering at the London Sport Youth Games in Summer 2019.
Here is what BCOMS Founder, Leon Mann and London Sport’s Chief Executive Tove Okunniwa says of the partnership.
Leon Mann, Founder, Black Collective of Media in Sport, stated:
“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.”
Tove Okunniwa, Chief Executive of London Sport, commented on the partnership:
“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.”