“It is with great pleasure that we invite Alan and May to join our team in 2012. These reporters have already made a real impression in Singapore and I hope this opportunity gives them a springboard to outstanding careers in the field of reporting and photography.”
… London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe
Congratulations to a hardworking young Bajan journalist
Barbadian Alan Harris, 23, will be joining two other young people from Singapore and India chosen to take part in the IOC’s Young Reporters programme. Allan’s six-week internship will be with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The Young Reporters programme gave 29 young journalists, broadcasters and photographers aged between 18 and 24, the opportunity to gain experience as Games-time reporters. The young journalists were selected from across the five continents on the basis of their performance and promise and received on-the-job experience as well as multi-media training.
Alan will be working as part of the LOCOG press operations team for London 2012 across print, broadcast, digital and photographic functions being part of what is the world’s biggest media operation.
He finds sports journalism as a “match made in heaven” for him. Alan pursued sociology at the University of the West Indies and has a diploma in communication studies from the International School of Broadcasting based in Barbados. His girlfriend’s mother was reading the Barbados Advocate and pointed out a vacancy at the sports desk for a journalist. He applied and quickly fell in love with his new career, especially as he was now covering his beloved cricket at the ICC World Cup for both print and broadcast.
“I enjoy sports. Its two years since I have been working as a sports journalist but I have never looked back ever since,” he says.
Speaking of going to London in 2012 he described it as an incredible opportunity: “For any sports writer, covering the Olympics will be the pinnacle of his career. I just want to record human endeavour on and off the field, and what better place than the Olympic Games.”
“I came here to learn some journalism tools, but I got so much more,” Alan said of his experience at the Young Reporters Programme.
Tracey Holmes, experienced broadcaster and one of the IOC Young Reporters trainers said: “Alan has that rare mix of an exceptional eye for a story, an ability to tell it uniquely and the power to evoke empathy even from a hardened audience. On top of that he’s got the ‘x factor’ which can neither be taught nor learned. In the world of journalism he will go as far as his desire will take him.”
article credit: Around the Rings press releases
photo: Facebook page Youth Olympic Games Reporters’s Photos