Former VANOC communications chief Graeme Menzies compiled opinions after he asked, “Vancouver vs. London: who hosted first social media Olympics?” as part of an article in Vancouver Sun on July 24, 2012 called “Vancouver was home to the first social media Olympics, not London”
Leading up to the 1 year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, I appeared in a short segment on a Vancouver radio station News 1130 for an Olympic flashback series to examine the legacies + discussed social media as a whole and covering the Games.
Listen: One Year After Olympics on News 1130 – Olympic Outsider #30 (.mp3, 3:13, 3MB)
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News 1130 for an Olympic flashback series to examine the legacies of the Games.
Blurb: I discussed social media as a whole and covering the Games through the True North Media House project – plus the impending With Glowing Hearts movie premiere. In the short clip, I included brief anecdotes about reliving the fun, documenting and storytelling, and how social media can provide depth and breadth to provide more attention to more stories beyond the “official” IOC/VANOC story.
See An Olympic anniversary on the News1130 Midday Show for the article and audio clips, ergo:
- VP of Tourism Vancouver Paul Vallee speaks live with News1130 anchors Rob Freeman and Erin Loxam
- 24 Hours’ Bob Mackin speaks live with News1130 anchors Rob Freeman and Erin Loxam
- John Mills with the Richmond Oval speaking live on News1130 with anchors Rob Freeman and Erin Loxam
- Vancouver blogger Dave Olson speaks with News1130 about the role of social media during the 2010 Games
- Keith Bennett, the president and CEO of Whistler Sports Legacies, talks to News1130 about the Sliding Centre
- The CEO of “Own the Podium” Alex Bauman speaks with News1130’s Erin Loxam and Rob Freeman
After years and years of planning and excitement, the massive two-week sporting event didn’t disappoint. But what kind of legacy did it leave behind?
This week on the News1130 Midday Show we’re looking at the Olympic legacy. Did the Games bring in the much-talked-about the economic boost?
This afternoon, we’ll talk to Own the Podium CEO Alex Baumann. Listen to the live interview at 1 p.m.
my2010adventure.com – Aleks revels in Olympic Fever!
Aleks was armed with his digital camera, a flip video camera, and his TNMH self accreditation. His is aim was to visit everything and anything that was free.
In the end he built an online / offline pool of memories that will last him and his family a lifetime. Aleks’ understanding of technology and media is astounding and the experience made him an incredibly confident young guy.
The experience has left a lasting impression on him and he is planning his next online project.
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For the fire within
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After covering SLC02 as a fan, I realized that what you see on the ground is very different from the TV coverage ~ from hospitality houses to international relationships to the athletes who finish towards the back – the rights-holding media miss a lot.
I connected with some pals (@kk @scales) with similar thoughts and we covered Torino06 and Beijing08 using new media tools to creating and tactics for distribution.
In prep for Vancouver2010, we reached out to VANOC to offer assistance in our hometown to generate social coverage. After no love coming back, we launched the True North Media House campaign to inspire, educate and amplify social coverage throughout the games – no matter whether social reporters wanted to celebrate, protest or observe.
With the hoopla done, we can step back and examine the massive body of work produced and the unique ways people grab ahold of the campaign and made it something organic, successful and loads of fun.
A few tactics:
* Self accreditation badgers – sign up, add feed and handles and print a (cool) badge to declare yourself a social reporter ready to create and share
* Aggregation – pulled feeds into Yahoo pipes, fed into HootSuite for firehose Twitter feed
* Outreached to PR agencies – once they realized our ability to amplify, we were invited to many media events
* Friendly to IOC – though initially they were incommunicado, by the end, they outreached and evolved policies for photos and fan coverage
* Ad hoc events – anyone could organize an events from dog sled demos to street hockey games to photo walks
* Educate and workshop – we spoke at universities, to community groups, conferences and workshops to explain the power of tagging, creative commons and sharing
* Reach out to academics – Groups of students (including PhD candidates) chronicled our community
* Media worthy – non rights-holding media picked up on what we were doing and provided coverage in PBS, CBC, Harvard Business, LA Times among others and many MSM joined up for fun and knowledge
To learn more follow the #tnmh tag on twitter or visit truenorthmediahouse.com or the TNMH photo group on Flickr or twitter.com/tnmh – happy to talk more about how and why we did this.