By: Editorial Staff
MORE THAN 40 Third World journalists are covering the Summer Games in Atlanta thanks to a Freedom Forum subsidy.
The International Journalist Olympic Coverage (IJOC) program is a joint program to help bring to Atlanta journalists from developing nations who might not otherwise have been able to cover the games. Journalists from 40 developing nations were chosen for the program.
In the arrangement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected and accredited the journalists while the Freedom Forum is providing housing and subsidizing the cost of transmitting stories back to the journalists’ home news organizations.
Freedom Forum is also operating its own newsroom near the main Olympic press center to provide assistance in language, scheduling, transportation and story filing.
“The International Olympic Committee’s effort to include the entire Olympic family from 197 nations in the centennial Games in Atlanta rightfully recognizes the vital role and significant contribution of these journalists in bringing the Olympic experience to people around the world. We are pleased to be working with the IOC to expand the worldwide flow of news and information about the Olympic Games and the Olympic spirit,” said Allen H. Neuharth, chairman of the Freedom Forum.
The international journalists program will be directed by Gene Policinski, the former managing editor/sports for USA Today, who has been involved in news coverage of seven Winter and Summer Olympics Games.
Among the nations represented by the journalists are Benin, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mongolia, Togo, Uruguay, Yemen and Zambia.
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34 advertising employees are not even coming into the office at all. They have been shifted to suburban offices away from the gridlock of the so-called Olympic Ring, a one-and-a- half-mile area in downtown Atlanta