Not later than two months ago, in the midst of the pandemic outbreak, AIPS decided not to stop in front of the global halt that COVID-19 was imposing on sport. This unprecedented crisis was not to be wasted. It is on this premise that the association has decided to give life to the AIPS e-College, an innovative distance learning project which marks a new step of AIPS cultural agenda, offering tools, opportunities and answers to the next generation of sports journalists.
 
BOUNDLESS CLASS Counting on the vast international community that has been consolidating in almost ten years of Young Reporters Programs, the association has contacted young journalists to invite them to participate in the rich calendar of events. Reporters from up to 47 countries took part in this first successful distance learning project, with an average attendance of over 70 journalists.
 
Based on free participation, lessons were held twice a week on zoom.us, alternating the interventions of eminent personalities from the sports industry with lessons given by mentors Martin Mazur, Keir Radnedge and Riccardo Romani and coordinated by AIPS President Gianni Merlo. Members of the AIPS Executive Committee and the AIPS Sport Media Awards jury were also part of the classes as observers.
 
PODCAST Additionally, thanks to the notable guests who took part in our digital e-learning programme, we were able to produce e-College podcasts hosted by AIPS staff member Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam, providing the audience with insightful extracts from every class.
 
ALL-OUT LEARNING In the 16 meetings that made up this first AIPS e-College, many topics were touched on. From dialogues on the Olympic industry - in the aftermath of the Tokyo 2020 postponment, to the crucial importance of investigative journalism nowadays, passing through sports & law, women in sports journalism and inspiring stories from athletes and fromer athletes who marked the history of sport.
 
GUESTS Here is the full list of all the 15 guests at the AIPS e-College. Young Reporters were asked to produce articles after every class, here available to have a comprehensive understanding of our journey throughout sports journalism at COVID-19 time.
 
Class #1 and #2: Michael Payne - former Director of Marketing / Broadcast Rights IOC
Class #3: Edwin Moses - two-time olympic gold medalist
Class #4: Francois Carrard - Doctor of Law, Sports and Law expert
Class #5: Hans Hultman - FIFA Head of Media
Class #6: Maurizia Cacciatori - sports Journalists and former volleyball champion
Class #7: Lucia Montanarella - Head of Olympic Games Media Operations
Class #8: Craig Reedie - former WADA President and IOC Member
Class #9: Haile Gebrselassie - two-time olympic gold medalist
Class #10: Eric Saintrond - FISU Secretary General
Class #11: Danilo Gallinari - NBA star
Class #12: Donna De Varona - olympic gold medalist, activist and sports broadcaster
Class #13: Special Olympics & Fiona Hynes - Special Olympics Europe and Asia Director of Communications
Class #14: FIFA esports & MoAuba - 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup champion
Class #15: Nawal El Moutawakel - olympic gold medalist and IOC member
Class #16: Jamil Chade - investigative reporter
 
FAREWELL PARTY The last unmissable appointment is now set on Tuesday, June 2, when the participants will share impressions over this far-reaching experience and receive certificates in recognition of their application during the AIPS e-College farewell party.
 
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