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IOA Educational Program for Sport Journalists

January 7, 2024
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NOA Saudi Arabia
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IOA Educational Program for Sport Journalists


The International Sports Media and Journalism Seminar was conducted from 7 to 9 January in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was organized by the Saudi Olympic Academy in collaboration with the International Olympic Academy within the groundwork plan of the IOA to reinforce the educational role of the NOAs and provide productive synergies with them, creating the conditions for high-level educational opportunities worldwide.


Module 1 

Ethics in Sports Journalism from local to international communication 

Mr Gianni Merlo, President of the International Sports Press Association

Module 2 

Social media and artificial intelligence 

Prof. Emilio Fernandez Pena, Autonomous University of Barcelona 

Module 3 

Commentary and Punditry in Sports, Sports Broadcast Production (AIPS)

Mr Jura Ozmec, Editor-in-Chief of Sports Television

Module 4 

Commentary and Punditry in Sports, Sports Broadcast Production (IOC)

Mr Konstantinos Vernikos, Broadcasting and Media Operations

Module 5 

Sports Broadcast Production

Mr Yiannis Exarchos, CEO, Broadcasting Services

Module 6 

Media and Olympic Games

Dr Andrew Billings, Audience Analysis of the Olympics

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Further Information

This new programme, with the support of the Saudi Media Federation and the AIPS has been meticulously crafted to equip the participants with a diverse array of skills essential for modern sports journalism. Reporting and analysis methods, ethical standards, social media and artificial intelligence, the art of insightful commentary as well as the broadcast production and the Olympic Games were the focal points, ensuring that the approximately 90 sport journalists received a comprehensive education that meets the demands of the ever-evolving media landscape, especially in the beginning of a very important Olympic year.

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