Enhance Your Journalism Skills - AIPS E-College Is Free and Starts May 4



Reinventing journalism cannot be postponed any longer and fake news is just the tip of the iceberg. AIPS brings this in-depth program to you (and in your own language), to provide you with the necessary skills and strategy to become a successful reporter in such a challenging time.

AIPS e-College is a unique extension of the renowned AIPS Young Reporters Programs and is part of the cultural program of the AIPS Sport Media Awards, offering chances, tools, and answers to the next generation.

Improve journalistic skills and storytelling techniques for digital, print, and social media.

Add valuable knowledge by interacting with top international guests and fellow media professionals.

Stimulate creativity by defining context, content, outlets, and audience.

The e-College is a modular distance learning program conducted weekly through both unified global sessions and regional tutorials in continental sessions.

Duration of the program: six weeks, 12 lessons, 24 hours in total.

AIPS e-College 2021 is open to journalists of all ages.

Sessions and tutorials are conducted via Zoom.

Unified sessions will employ simultaneous translation in 4 languages (English, French, Spanish, and Arabic).

Unified sessions will start at 14:00 CET (subject to changes depending on guest availability) and will be available to watch later.

Continental tutorials will take place on Thursday and/or Friday across time zones and in zone-appropriate languages.

Applicants will be asked to undertake weekly assignments for tutor review and feedback. The best pieces will be also published on www.aipsmedia.com .

AIPS will release certificates for completing this program (attendance at 9 out of 12 lessons and assignment submissions are required).

Top graduates based on mentors’ marks will be eligible for the next available Young Reporters Programme.

AIPS e-College now goes door-to-door. Your language, your time zone, your chance to restart.



Technology (and smartphones) created a limitless number of instant photographers. Anybody feels entitled to share a picture but that does not mean it is journalism. Thanks also to the words of AIPS Awards professional winners, we give the students clear guidelines about taking meaningful images that can make the news.

May 6/7 - Regional tutorial PHOTOGRAPHY

Topics: More than a thousand words - The look & feel of a story - Visual storytelling - A world of editors - The power of observation in times of no access. Preparation vs. luck: why planning is essential.


Telling stories in front of a camera or create a podcast can be the most powerful way to engage with people about their information needs. With the help of the best in the business, we give the student the possibility to build their own style while reporting in front of a camera. Style with substance. There is no good broadcasting without a solid, compelling, and relevant story to tell.

May 13/14 - Regional tutorial BROADCASTING

Topics - Dissecting a story and making it multi-platform - Skills for asking the right questions - From a one-minute social media video to a documentary: how to understand and develop a story. The value of podcasts.

May 18 - WRITING

In 2020 journalists found themselves in a professional paradox: The coronavirus highlighted the importance of a vibrant press as news consumers relied on them to stay alive. At the same time, however, the crisis introduced new levels of instability and viral disinformation. Becoming a reliable writer is not only fundamental, but it will guarantee a long-lasting career. AIPS will provide the tools in order to be a master for each “word” printed and stay while working from remote.

May 20/21 - Regional tutorial WRITING

Topics - Follow-up of a story. The ‘Print is not Dead’ movement and an overview of current business models. Why long-form is slowly becoming the answer to the fast-food news culture. The situation of freelancers. Independent publications produced by disenchanted journalists. The social media currency.


Match-fixing. Virus. Racism. Doping. Being a sports reporter requires skills and a great sense of responsibility. Sports journalists are no longer constrained inside the “sport’s corral”. AIPS will explain how to build a solid routine while entering the complex world of investigative journalism because if you want to be an investigative journalist you must first learn the value of ethics.

May 27/28 - Regional tutorial INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Topics - Why investigative reporting will never be outdated. Production line content: the risk of losing access. The concept of ‘Immunity herd’ applied to tamed journalists. The new toll between sources and journalists: when house organs decide to play as journalists. How to work with a scoop in times of instant news.


Beat the algorithm. While many newsrooms are trusting robot-reporters, free-lance journalists all over the world are in need to build their own reputation and credibility. One good news: robots will never replace good journalism, but good journalism must stay away from cheap algorithms and big robot-generated breaking news. AIPS will provide the proper instruments to protect your work and reputation.

June 3-4 - Regional tutorial ROBOT REPORTING AND FAKE NEWS

Topics - Data-driven journalism. The new players in the market and the new positions in the newsroom. The impact of Analytics in our way of thinking, writing, and producing. How many stories written by robots are too many? Enabling fake news: the dangers of trusting in engagement and entertainment without journalistic judgment.


In-depth explanation, differences between gender and sex. Why do we segregate sports by sex? Recreational vs competitive level. Navigating between integration and exclusion. Transgender athletes and how we tell their stories. The legal battles, potential scenarios of the future.

June 10/11 – Regional tutorial CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORDS

Topics - Political correctness and a new form of language. How to navigate the hidden dangers of journalism. A single word can change the world. Maybe not, but it can definitely change your career, especially if it’s the wrong one. Local vs. International audience. Lost in translation. Social media ‘personal’ views.


Gianni Merlo (AIPS President)

Martin Mazur (Argentina)

Keir Radnedge (UK)

Riccardo Romani (Italy)
Jean-Paul Savart (France)

Guest speakers

Winners and outstanding contributors from the latest AIPS Awards who will review journalistic practice across a range of genres from writing and investigative reporting to photography and broadcasting techniques.

REGISTER HERE by Monday, May 3rd. Those participants who register will receive the Zoom invitation link.

About AIPS

The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) is the peak professional body representing the international sports media, with 161 member associations and over 9,500 professionals. Since its creation in 1924, AIPS’s firm decision was to safeguard the integrity of the profession. Linking sports journalism with education and culture, AIPS has set up more than 30 Young Reporters Programmes with students from five continents. AIPS also organizes the AIPS Sport Media Awards, the highest international accolade in the sports media industry.

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