Alex Terrell, a Wales international sprinter with an MA in multi-media journalism, has been appointed by News International to work on the latest Olympic online innovation for the Murdoch-owned company.
Significantly, the NI project Terrell has been hired for is not behind a paywall, but is very much open access: it is to be found on Facebook.
Terrell is to work in a team of four journalists, headed by Tim Heming, on NI’s Team 2012 Olympic website, which is sponsored by Olympic partners Visa. “The unique project is focused on reporting and promoting the 1,200-funded athletes pushing to be part of Team GB for London,” a NI news release says.
“The website is contained within Facebook, with each athlete encouraged to blog extensively, and is set to launch before the end of 2010.”
The post was advertised on sportsjournalists.co.uk and generated hundreds of applicants.
Terrell, 25, from Cardiff (@alxanderterrell on Twitter), is a recent graduate of Bournemouth University, and also has experience at Sky Sports News and BBC Wales. He worked as a volunteer the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor last month.
Terrell previously studied English as an undergraduate at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where he ran for the university athletics team. A 22.13sec 200-metre sprinter, he got a full Wales international vest in 2006.
Terrell said: “I am keen to get started on this ambitious project. It combines things I am passionate about: Olympic sports, creative journalism, social media as well as giving exposure to the amazing athletes we have in this country.”
Terrell can be contacted on 020 7782 4048 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org