Stéphane Jobin 

GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – At a multi-sports games with over 11,000 athletes and staff there are unique stories unfolding every day. That makes it the ideal place for the development of communications staff, and one Canadian is working with an international group of up and coming sports journalism professionals to tell the stories of the games.


The FISU Young Reporters Programme brings 12 students or recent graduates from around the world to the Games to work and learn. This is the third edition of the program and there were 131 applicants from 51 countries. Megan McPhaden of Pickering, Ont., was selected as a participant.

McPhaden is a graduate of Fanshawe College’s broadcast journalism program and now studies at Western University’s Huron University College. She gained experience with the Western Gazette as well as the Mustangs TV webcast crew before joining the staff at a London radio station.

The Young Reporters are situated outside of the Athletes Village and have a full schedule throughout the games. McPhaden has been tasked with producing three stories each day, in addition to a program of lectures and tours.

In advance of the Games, McPhaden got a head start by profiling Raheel Manji, a tennis athlete, and javelin thrower Andy White, stories which are now available on the FISU official website.

Follow Megan on Twitter for her view of the Games.