SOCHI, April 18, 2013 - The International Press Association decided
for the first time in the Association's history to establish the AIPS
Media Operations project with the aim of actively engaging in the
services provided to media representatives in all future sporting,
cultural and high profile events, on a national, international, continental or
Even in the midst of the current, harsh,
worldwide financial crisis, AIPS has the potential to create employment
opportunities for its members, with a strong background in major events, who wish
to work in their home countries and abroad.
AIPS will bid for all mega, high profile
events with the intention of either running the Media Operations Dpt or
providing a wide range of consultant advice to the Organizer.
By taking this initiative, the rights and
the working conditions of AIPS members in all future events will be best
protected and defended, the revenues of the Association will be
increased, whereas employment opportunities will be developed.
As well stated by the AIPS President,
Gianni Merlo, "with an eye to the future, AIPS constantly seeks
opportunities, which could yield substantial rewards for the Association and its
Moreover, as a non-profit association, any
revenue derived from the AIPS Media Operations Project will be invested
in education programs for new journalists, as well as for AIPS
experienced members, all around the world.
Following the unanimous decision of the
AIPS Executive Committee and the congress, Konstantinos Vernikos, former
AIPS Vice-president and Head of the Press Operations Dpt of the Athens 2004
Olympic Games, has been appointed, as Executive Director, to undertake the
responsibility of the AIPS Media Operations Project.