From City to Sochi
In February 2014, the eyes of the world were on Sochi, Russia, as 2,876 athletes competed for 1,300 medals at the 21st Winter Olympic Games. Riding high on the back of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Sochi Games received more media coverage than any Winter Olympic Games in history, with an estimated 88,000 hours of worldwide cumulative television and digital coverage.
Two City Journalism graduates were at the heart of the action. Benjamin Westlake-Tritton (BA (Hons) Journalism, 2013) was an Assistant Assignment Editor for the Olympic News Channel, a feed to rightspaying broadcasters worldwide. He filmed news packages, interviewed athletes before and after their events and produced features on topics surrounding the games.
Elsewhere, Julie Stewart-Binks (MA International Journalism, 2010), who undertook an internship with Sky Sports and Sky News during her MA at City, streamed regular reports on the performance of US and international athletes for Fox Sports 1, as part of the Sochi Now series. Julie is familiar to US audiences for her role as a correspondent on Fox Soccer Daily, a programme she joined in August 2013.