Covering a large-scale international sporting event was a dream come true for two HCUC News student journalists, Ryan Ooi Chun Kit and John Brandon Michael when they were selected to join the Asia Pacific Masters Games 2018’s (APMG) media team, which was held recently.
Both the Diploma in Mass Communication students had not only gained hands-on experience in journalism such as covering various types of news for the Games, but also had the chance to meet journalists and athletes from many countries.
Ooi said it was a good opportunity for him to improve his journalistic skills, although he encountered some challenges at first.
“Since it was a huge event, obviously the editor was expecting you to deliver the best because the stories sometimes would be picked up by other news agencies too.
“I had to look for the right angle of stories, which I wrote mostly from the human interest perspective.
“Besides covering the news, I got to learn many skills pertaining to sports photography as well,” he said adding that he made many new friends from all over the world.
For John Brandon Michael, the APMG was a good platform to not only enhance his writing skills, but also learn new skills, which will be useful for him in the future.
“One of my tasks involved interviewing athletes from different countries.
“The challenging part was definitely in terms of the language barriers because all athletes came from various countries and backgrounds.
“However, it was a learning experience for me because I got to know them (the athletes) on a different level too,” he said.
APMG, which was held from September 7 to September 15, 2018, is a multi-sports international event for participants aged 30 years and above with no qualifying or selection process involved.
It was the first-ever masters multi-sports event in Asia hosted in Penang, Malaysia, which featured 22 sports including badminton, football, squash, athletics and wushu.