With less than 40 days to go until thousands of athletes make their way to Guernsey for the much-anticipated 2023 Natwest Island Games, Orchard is supporting the international competition in a special way. Working with the official Guernsey 2023 communications team, Orchard is leading a youth engagement project that will see local students aged 16-18 become Junior Reporters for the week. Gaining real-life journalistic experience, the students will work together to seek out and share stories from the biggest sporting event the island has ever hosted.
We’ll be providing the students with training before the Games, sharing our expertise on how to write news articles, conduct interviews, and capture video footage. Mimicking professional media teams, the reporters will attend an editorial meeting with us each morning to coordinate plans, receive feedback and discuss assignments. The team will then head out to the sporting venues to find their story, write it up and submit for review before the end of each day.
The junior reporters will focus on the ‘stories behind the games’ – for example, people who have overcome adversity to compete, Team Gozo’s first experience at the Games, or the coach who has been to every Games since it began in 1985. And with another 1000+ volunteers added to the mix, there will be countless stories waiting to be found and shared. Keep an eye on the official Guernsey 2023 website and social media channels the week on the Games to see the reporters hard work come to life.