Apply: Become a Student Reporter at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013, Dalian-China

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Continuing our coverage of World Economic Forum global meetings (see the Global Agenda Summit in Dubai, UAE and the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland), we are sending a team of five reporters to report on the Annual Meeting of the New Champions — and for the first time, we are opening up applications to recruit new reporters for this conference.

Also known as “Summer Davos”, this meeting is held in Dalian, China, 11-13 September, 2013 and focused on rapidly growing economies and global companies. The meeting convenes over 1,500 participants from business, government, media, academia and civil society under the theme “Meeting the Innovation Imperative”. The conference will address today’s most critical concerns in economic, industry and technological developments that are reshaping consumer behaviors, business models, and growth patterns.

With an aim to bring a younger generation’s voice to the media coverage of this event, we will focus on the role of business in the context of global sustainability challenges in addition to our normal beats of media, sustainability, management and economics. Through our training program and hands-on experience at the conference with global media players, we will help you develop skills in online journalism, specifically in profile writing, critical analysis and business reporting. We will produce both written and multimedia work, as well as curated news releases to engage our audiences back home during the conference.

Reporters Wladimir Nikoluk, Sunmin Kim and John Roberts at the Global Agenda Summit in 2012; Source: Student Reporter

The team will be composed of five reporters from around the world, led by two editors. Before applying, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our work, especially our recent conference projects and the types of articles we produce.

We are accepting applications until 30th of June, 2013. Please see below for details on the project, and instructions on how to apply.

Project Dates:

Mid-July: Online training schedule via webinars and peer-editing starts.

9-14 September, 2013: On-site training and conference reporting (arrival 9 September, departure 14 September).

Late-September, early-October: post-conference wrap up (finishing of writing articles in pipeline), usually 2-4 weeks after the conference.

CompensationCoverage of food and accommodation at conference site, and conference participation fee; travel fees up to 400 USD. *Please plan ahead: Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter the People’s Republic of China.


  • Enrolled in a higher education program (i.e. Bachelors-level or above, preferably at the Masters or Doctoral level; professional degree programs welcome).
  • Strong academic background in business/policy/economics (with ideally a concentration in environmental and social issues).
  • Experience in online journalism.
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills.

Instructions: This is a two-step process. For the initial screening, please fill out the application form below and send to (subject line: WEFDalian2013) the following:

  • A resume or CV [max 2 pgs; .pdf file format]
  • Motivation letter describing how your background, experiences and passion would make you a match for the specific WEF New Champions coverage but also our overall organization [max 1 pg; .pdf file format]

We will then decide whether to invite you to submit the rest of the application:

  • A writing sample on a topic relevant to the WEF New Champions 2013 [max 850 words; .doc file format] *To make a strong application, we advise that you write a piece specifically for this project
  • A brief strategy of how you would like to approach and cover the conference topics, preliminary agenda here [max 400 words; .pdf file format]

Initial screening will be done in a rolling process (we will try to invite you to submit the full application within 48 hrs). All full applications are due 30th of June, so please plan ahead. Team selection made early-July.

If you cannot view the form below for any reason, it can be also filled out directly here. Applicants from China who cannot access the following google application form need to make an inquiry via and will be sent a special application form.

Featured image source: Flickr / World Economic Forum

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