David Kim is in the graduate journalism program at Medill.
What will you will be during your time in PyeongChang?
My role is to provide coverage for news outlets that are not sending reporters to South Korea to cover the Winter Olympics.
What type of stories have you been pitching as freelance assignments?
I researched where the US Olympians are from and compiled a list of newspapers from or near their hometowns. Then, I sent out emails to those outlets with story ideas, regarding their hometown athletes. Before sending out those emails, I did extensive research on athletes to see if there’s any interesting stories to be told. Some outlets rejected. Some welcomed my ideas. With the outlets that showed interested in me reporting for them, the editors and I worked out the logistics to figure out how and what is the best way to report on their hometown athletes. The process was pretty challenging and stressful, but certainly a rewarding and a learning experience.
What are you looking forward to most about the experience?
I’m most looking forward to reporting under the deadline pressure and dealing with the intensity of covering various athletes and multiple sports in a short period of time. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to meet some journalists there and learn from the pros, too.
I had a chance to cover the 2012 London Olympics for Samsung Electronics. Samsung sent me to London to cover both the games and social, economical, and cultural impact of the Olympics. It was a dream come true for me. Watching Roger Federer and Serena Williams in Wimbledon’s Center Court to dissecting economic impact of the Olympics on the Camden Market, I had a chance to live my life as a sports journalist. I can’t wait to relive that dream in the 2018 Winter Olympics.