Our 2006 graduate and inspirational media mentor Katy Atkinson is the co-founder of The Reporters’ Academy (TRA) – a not for profit media production company – based at MediaCityUK and she is at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games (5-21 August) to give young people from the UK the opportunity to produce a range of publicity content. Katy said: We’ve been tasked with the mission of officially working alongside a number of Olympic nations as their press and media partners. This is a huge honour as we have been working tirelessly since before the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to champion young people and showcase their abilities on a global stage.
Throughout these Rio Olympics, a team of four from The Reporters’ Academy will be working with our Olympic colleagues from Oceania nations. We will be working alongside the Oceania teams to provide press and media production support throughout the Games. We will be writing, filming, reporting and collating all their news to share on the teams’ media platforms and also assist our international media colleagues in telling their stories. Here’s a ‘behind the scenes’ clip with TRA Alice at the Rio Olympics.
Since London 2012 we have been developing our team of young people, we’ve been commissioned to produce content from other major events such as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, Rugby League World Cup, Commonwealth Youth Games and many World Championships.
Whilst we have been honing the skills of our young English crew, we have also made it our priority to bring-on the youth of Oceania, providing quality journalism and media training to Olympic nations such as Samoa, Palau and Fiji. You can catch up with us on our social media channels.