Time is running out for budding sports reporters wanting to apply for voluntary internship positions through the AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program, Nationals Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, said today.
The program gives five young Victorians a chance at an internship with the Australian Football league media department, and the opportunity to work alongside senior AFL reporters and editors, Mr Crisp said.
The rookie reporters will cover and report on various aspects of the game for the AFL website,
www.AFL.com he said.
The internship will run for six months from February 2013 to the end of the 2013 football season, with each participant working for one day per week for four hours.
Individuals currently studying or who already possess a qualification in journalism or equivalent will have the opportunity gain experience working in a high profile media outlet, while developing a solid portfolio of writing to assist with future employment opportunities.
They can also blog about their experiences on the Youth Central website for other young people to read, Mr Crisp said.
This is a joint program between the Coalition Government and the AFL, designed to give young reporters a chance to get a feel for the demands of online reporting with a website celebrating Australia’s most popular sport.
Applicants must be residents of Victoria, aged between 18 and 25 years, who have recently completed or who are currently studying a journalism course at university or TAFE.
Application forms are available on the Youth Central website, www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/afl together with information about the internships and application process.
Applications close on 7 December, 2012 with successful applicants being notified by 1 February, 2013, Mr Crisp concluded.