Wanted: Intrepid Reporters Chasing the Story of a Lifetime

Jun 06, 2016, 03:00 ET from Volvo Ocean Race

ALICANTE, Spain, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

If you died tomorrow, could you say you truly lived your life to the full?

That's the question that the Volvo Ocean Race is posing in its new online campaign, as it bids to discover the next batch of brave Onboard Reporters willing to tackle the world's most famous offshore challenge in 2017-18.

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Dubbed 'the toughest job in sports media', it's a unique role that certainly isn't for the faint-hearted. No other sport features dedicated multimedia journalists embedded within teams of athletes and prospective candidates will have to survive a creative 'boot camp' proving their ability to stand the mental and physical pressure of the role, before being accepted.

The event, which since 1973 has pitted the best professional sailors on the planet against each other over 40,000 nautical miles, covering four oceans, five continents and nine marathon months, requires multi-skilled and experienced media professionals to join the crews onboard and report back to shore from the most remote and hostile regions on the planet.

"For a professional storyteller, I'm certain that there's no greater challenge on earth than this," explains American filmmaker Amory Ross, who has performed the role in the last two editions of the race.

"You are pushed far beyond your physical, mental and creative limits in a way that can compare with little else."

To push content from the world's oceans to race fans takes some serious technology. Every boat is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, remote-control cameras, microphones and custom-designed media stations.

Each piece of content is beamed some 200,000 km from the super-charged 65-foot racing boats to Race HQ - via satellites in geo-stationary orbit.

The ideal candidates who join the elite storytelling squad will be capable of producing high-quality video, photo and written content on a daily basis, whatever the conditions.

"We're looking for candidates with an adventurous streak, but also with a history of solid media experience, an eye for a shot and a nose for a story," explains Leon Sefton, Head of Television at the Volvo Ocean Race.

To apply, potential candidates should visit the campaign website, if.volvooceanrace.com , and follow the brief to produce example work.

If selected, they will move through to a formal interview. Then they will be one step closer to joining the world's most adventurous media team.

Video: https://youtu.be/q4SGUGgBMoY

Contact: Leon Sefton, Head of TV & Video, +34-668-103-852

SOURCE Volvo Ocean Race