World Cup internships
Journalism students intern at SBS during World Cup
Six final-year sports journalism students from La Trobe University interned with SBS during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
These interns were responsible for developing and producing content for SBS. The content features on SBS Radio 3 and 4, online and on Twitter (@SBSRadioSport).
It's clear that La Trobe's journalism program continues to kick goals.
'It's been rewarding to contribute to the coverage of arguably the biggest event in the world,' says intern Sean Munaweera. 'So far the experience has been phenomenal. To be exposed to such a professional environment is extremely beneficial.' This includes Sean's star spot interviewing London-based commentator Steve Pearce on a Wimbledon story, in addition to his World Cup work.
And while these journalism interns are working hard at SBS, they're also filing stories on the World Cup for upstart, La Trobe's student-run web journal. While Riley Beveridge in particular has been leading upstart's daily coverage of the World Cup, he's also been helping produce World Cup stories for the broadcaster.
'Everyone at SBS has been incredibly hard-working and incredibly helpful,' Riley says. 'Together, we've produced the most comprehensive coverage of the World Cup that we possibly could and it's been a fantastic experience to be part of such a talented team.'
SBS is the official broadcaster of the World Cup, and will be broadcasting all 64 matches live and exclusively in both English and relevant languages (Arabic, Dutch, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, Greek etc) on radio, online and television. Three recent graduates of the La Trobe journalism program – John Pyrros, Eric George and William Botulas – will also be working as producers for the World Cup at SBS.
Erdem Koc is a La Trobe journalism lecturer and the main radio host for SBS's coverage of the World Cup. Of the interns, he says, 'I've been super impressed with their professionalism and output. [They're] a real credit to our institution and the sports journalism program.'
View a time-lapse video of the interns working at SBS during the World Cup.