Journalism students to report at first European Games

08 June 2015

Students Rebecca Tracy, Harmony Maijer, Ryan Bounagui with John Cullen

Students Rebecca Tracy, Harmony Maijer, Ryan Bounagui with John Cullen

A team of journalists from Glasgow School for Business and Society has travelled to report at the inaugural European Games to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from June 12 to 28.

The Multimedia Journalism students have travelled more than 2500 miles to the Baku European Games, a multi-sport event for an expected 5400 athletes from 49 Olympic nations, organised and regulated by the European Olympic Committees (EOC).

Rebecca Tracy, Harmony Maijer and Ryan Bounagui secured jobs with host broadcasters, International Sport Broadcasting (ISB), and will be joined by fourth-year student Catherine Hunter and postgraduate students, Jasmine Patel and Derek McLaughlin.

They will join sports commentator and GCU PhD student John Cullen, who organised the opportunity and will be commentating throughout the competition.

Ryan, 22, from Glasgow, said: “It’s incredible to be given the opportunity to work on the first Games and at an event of this magnitude, which will be broadcast to the masses. I’m hoping this will be the next step in my career following graduation.”

Rebecca, originally from Inverness but now living in Glasgow, spoke of her excitement and Harmony, from the Netherlands, is expecting to capture sport at its highest level.

ISB will produce an anticipated 1200 hours of coverage including live broadcasts of all semi-finals and finals, a daily highlights package and the opening and closing ceremonies. The students were selected after successful interviews and will work alongside industry professionals and will receive payment and accommodation.

John Cullen, who commentates for the BBC and the Olympic Broadcasting Service, will join the students in Baku. He said: “I’ve been fortunate to report on some of the greatest sporting events and I am thrilled that students from GCU will have the same opportunity. The students will serve the story rather than be the story and I look forward to seeing their coverage.”

Claire Dean, Lecturer in Broadcast and Online Journalism, said: “Working on the first European Games gives students paid work and the chance to cover a major sporting event, which will make them stand out in a highly competitive industry. They will be broadcasting to millions worldwide and getting hands-on experience working alongside professionals – it’s an incredible opportunity for them.”