Are you covering the Summer Olympics?

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Come with us behind the scenes of the world’s biggest sporting event with this five-day course in Tokyo, Japan.

OL-rejse for journalisterTokyo, the Olympic city: Are you going to cover the Olympics in the summer of 2020, either as broadcast, freelancer or as an editor from home? Then we have the perfect course in order to prepare you!

We are offering the course on the ground at the host city Tokyo in November 2019 as well as January 2020 in order to prepare journalists to enhance their coverage of the world’s biggest sporting event.

An expert to lead the way

Course manager Asger Røjle Christensen is an experienced South East Asia correspondent; has worked for the national Danish broadcaster DR and is author of a large number of books on Japan. He has lived in Japan for several decades and has a deep knowledge of the country and the culture.

During our course you will meet representatives of the organizers behind the gigantic event, learn about the logistics and the host city’s geography with our special focus on the media’s working conditions.

Behind the scenes

We also find time to talk with correspondents and local journalists, both Japanese and foreign, telling stories about their experiences and giving advice on how to operate in Japan.

Special sessions are set up with academics and experts as well as representatives of the sporting world. You will get the chance to find relevant sources prior to the Olympics and we will see a football game in order for you to get a feeling of the place. Finally, we will have an excursion outside Tokyo.

If you have the ambitions to cover the Summer Olympics with insight, knowledge and new ideas, please join us!


Your take away
  • An introduction to the history of the city, including the comeback in the world after World War II, as the first Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964.
  • Insights into the vast logistics and planning of the games.
  • Visit some of the central places where competitions must take place.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding for the Japanese sport and sport culture and the role of sport in the Japanese education and health policy.
  • Start on your source network for OL coverage and ideas for background articles, features etc.


Course manager

Foto: Flemming Leth Larsen

Journalist Asger Røjle Christensen has lived and worked in the country for twelve years of his life. He is married Japanese, and has covered South East Asia for a number of Danish media for decades.

With over 35 years of experience in foreign journalism, he has a vast knowledge and has prepared an excellent programme. You can read more about him in this interview and more on his website here. He speaks Japanese and of course, English.

His mother tongue is Danish.

Who can apply?

This course is aimed at sports journalists who are covering the Olympics, and to cultural journalists, editors and subeditors that will participate in coverage from home. We require a minimum of six participants and a maximum of 20. We fill the courses up by first-in first-served principle.


When are we going?

Fall course 2019: Arrival on Sunday the 24thof November, departure Saturday the 30th.
Winter course 2020: Arrival on Sunday the 26thof January, departure Saturday the 1st. of February.


What does it cost?

DK: 16.200 DKK (VAT of 25% will be added)
AUD: 3,500 (no VAT added)
Euro: 2,200 euro (no VAT added)

What is included?

The price covers the full five-day course with an extensive program, six nights in a three-star single room w. breakfast at Tokyu Stay Shimbasi, transport within the capital, a couple of meals and your course manager 24-7.

When do I get the programme?

Approximately two weeks before, we will send you a detailed schedule of the course. Please write to Asger if you have specific needs and he will try and accommodate you.


What do I need to arrange?

You will have to organise visa to Japan – please familiarize yourself with the rules for your country. You will also be responsible for your airfare from you home country to Tokyo and arrive Sunday before the programme start. We end this trip with a farewell dinner Friday night and your hotel is booked until Saturday noon. Please check online for your national rules on tourist visa for entering Japan.


How do I apply?

Send an email to manager Janne Aagaard with:

  • Your name, title, mobile number, email address
  • Which course you want to go (Fall 2019 or Winter 2020)
  • Your/ your company’s billing address and tax number.
  • The name of the person who has to approve the invoice.


How do you bill me?

We invoice your company when we six participants registered, and the trip is thus secured. Once you have paid you are accepted on the course. We have special conditions for our international courses, which means that we do not refund if you are sick or not able to go – however, you are able to offer your seat to another journalist without any cost.


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Direktør Janne Aagaard
M: + 45 60 62 05 50
E: janne@mediekursus.dk

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