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Les médias sociaux en 2010 – Blog du modérateur

Les médias sociaux en 2010 – Blog du modérateur

Abandon Normal Devices – Olympics from Vancouver to London

Tips and Ideas for Archiving your Vancouver Games Coverage

At the event the guys will be talking about Vancouver 2010 and citizen media specifically the True North Media House. To create some momentum and to feature your stuff during their presentation the team is putting out a call to “Document your Documentation” and reflect on your personal True North Media House, Vancouver, the Olympics and all the fun we had, content we created and things we learned.

Presentation @warwickuni for @cwsmc – #media2012, citizen media and the Olympic Games


Warwick Social Media Cafe (at the International Digital Lab at Warwick University) to speak about my research around independent media centres, the Olympic games and the forthcoming launch of the #media2012 blueprint at the Cornerhouse (part of Abandon Normal Devices festival) in Manchester on the 4th of October. The prezi for the talk is below – as well as some more details about event and concept itself. The blueprint (and updates to the plans) are available on my PhD supervisor’s website (Prof. Andy Miahhttp://bit.ly/media2012)


Along with Andrew Lavinge, we’ll connect via Skype to talk about what we learned. Here are my nortes;

Dave will discuss a few key tactical thoughts learned from organizing the True North Media House including self-accreditation,
unformal-izing organizations, collaborative workflow, open communication, setting expectations, providing resources, nuanced
communication, herding cats, working with PR firms (really), power of hash, advanced network/RSS tools – and making sure you have fun.

Attention World!! You are invited to join us at the With Glowing Hearts Unfestival 2010 presented by W2 Storyeum!

What’s an Unfestival? Well, it’s what you do when you don’t get into the big film festival in town (September 30th – October 15th) but you’re still pretty sure that there are a bunch of people out there who want to see what you’re making.   So we’re giving you a chance to see a ”work-in-progress” cut of the film, as well as getting involved in some fundraising to help us complete it.  We’ll have an exciting variety of silent auction items for you to bid on, as well as an opportunity to become a  ’producer’ on the film and have input into the final version!  We’re also excited because the screening has been scheduled to coincide with a similar preview taking place atAbandon Normal Devices, a festival of new cinema and digital culture in London, England.

Social Media webisode from With Glowing Hearts film documenting 2010 Olympics

I’ve participated and supported Andrew Lavinge and Jon Onroy‘s documentation of the social changes and cultural mishaps surrounding the 2010 Winter Olympics called “With Glowing Hearts.”

Now they are sneaking bits out the back door of the editing lab and i’m sharing a clip focused on social media featuring the brilliant Amber Case, the wise Michael Tippett, the educated Andy Miah and the charming April Smith.

Heart Still Glowing? Support Olympic Documentary Film with a Two-nie

@kk and @uncleweed at @wghthemovie pre-screening in Dec. 2009
@kk and @uncleweed at @wghthemovie pre-screening in Dec. 2009

Cross-posted (with some modification) from True North Media House blog post With Glowing Hearts – Tweet and Toonie Torch Relay by Jason Sanders. Re-posted here to rally support for this worthy project — more at: With Glowing Hearts wants to make you a producer!

Also worth noting that Andrew Lavigne also shot/edited my Northern Voice 2010 presentation and many other of my talks, prezos and mis-adventures over the past years.

Two years ago, Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy took it upon themselves to capture the 2010 Winter Games‘ effect on Vancouver from the perspective of people directly impacted by the Olympics.

Downtown Eastside residents, bloggers, photographers, activists, proponents and opponents found themselves infront of Andrew and Jon’s cameras as With Glowing Hearts documented the changes and opportunities experienced by four individuals during the lead up and execution of the largest event in British Columbia’s history.

Now, the Games are over, the cleanup is almost complete, the province is reviewing Olympic related finances and the stories have been captured. All that remains, however, is the expensive process of distilling hours of raw video into a narrative that spans two years and four stories.

In order to complete the film, Andrew, Jon and Kemp Edmonds created the Tweet and Toonie Torch Relay–a social media campaign designed to promote the film on Twitter, blogs and other online tools while helping raise the $10,000 needed to complete the film. It’s easy and fast to support this project. All you need to do is follow the steps outlined by Kemp below.

For just $2 you can become a producer: your name will appear in a word cloud much like this. A $2 donation will show your name in size one font while a $200 donation will show your name in size 100 font. All fonts are proportional to the largest contribution. An image will be posted of the cloud and made available as a poster.

Enter to win a producer credit and copy of the film with a tweet: You can also enter to win a weekly prize of a DVD or digital copy of the film and a $20 producer credit (size 10 font). Each tweet represents an entry. winner will be chosen at random. All you have to do to enter is tweet one of these messages:

  • I am a proud supporter and hopefully winner of a copy of the film #withglowinghearts and a producers credit! http://wghthemovie.ca
  • Only $2 makes me a movie producer #withglowinghearts http://wghthemovie.ca
  • I am entering to win a film credit and a copy of the film #withglowinghearts http://wghthemovie.ca
  • Support local documentaries. Become a producer #withglowinghearts http://wghthemovie.ca

(source: Kemp Edmonds)

While you donate and tweet an entry to the contest, check out this short webisode featuring True North Media House. It’s one of four clips released in anticipation of this campaign and the rest can be found embedded in Kemp Edmonds’ article announcing With Glowing Hearts’ fundraising efforts.


Previews of the film at: WGHthemovie.ca- Webisode #2 ‘True North Media House’ from Andrew Lavigne on Vimeo.


The Shadow of the Podium ~ Olympic Documentary

The Pique News Magazine:


The Squamish Chief:


Kelly Ebers
After the Fact Productions

After the Fact Productions presents “The Shadow of the Podium” 24 min Documentary

There are those who promote the Olympic spirit: values of peace, fair play and goodwill amongst nations. On the contrary, Olympic resistors warn us of the economic, environmental, and social consequences of the Games. To explore both sides of the coin, After the Fact Productions presents The Shadow of the Podium.


The Olympic games are a celebration of the human spirit; designed to promote peace, excellence, and fairplay. Or so we are told…


The Olympic Games are praised globally as the pinnacle of athletic achievement, peaceful competition and goodwill amongst nations. A minority offer a quiet refutation to this praise, directly connecting the Games to environmental catastrophe, economic terrorism, and a direct assault on human rights and civil liberties. While the games are seen as the ultimate challenge to amateur athletes all over the globe, this challenge pales in comparison to those that the Olympics present to the men and woman of the host communities. These are the stories of common citizens, forced to live in the shadow of the podium.

About After the Fact Productions:

“The Shadow of the Podium” was a practicum project for a group of Ryerson University students in their final year in Radio and Television Arts. Created by Kelly Ebers (Director), this idea for a film was brought back to Ontario after listening to the discussions amongst locals in the Sea to Sky Corridor about the upcoming Olympics while she spent her last summer in Squamish, BC. The mood in Squamish was anything but celebratory, and Kelly was inspired to inform the rest of Canada. The team of eight collaborated their own money, purchased plane tickets and flew to Vancouver. In ten days, they interviewed Squamish locals such as Ana Santos and John Buchanan. With the excellent hospitality of Grace and Harv Halvorson, these students were able to afford a flight with Francois Leh to capture magnificent aerial shots of the “Beautiful British Columbia”. The group faced some set backs while in Vancouver, as all of their equipment was stolen in the middle of their trip, but walked away with key interviews with politicians such as the Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell. For more information on After the Fact Productions, please visit http://afterthefactproductions.com/. You may also join their facebook group, http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=155131844640&ref=ts follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/afterthefactpro

The Team:
Producer – Blaise Power Director – Kelly Ebers Writer – Michael Peddle Production Manager – Krista Cassidy Director of Photography – Michael Thai Nguyen Editor – Sam Ellens Audio Director – Marissa Jevnikar Marketing Director – Seanna Jefferson

“Citizen journalists preparing to get the unofficial Olympic scoop” CP Article re: TNMH and Olympics


This version of the CP article “Citizen journalists preparing to get the unofficial Olympic scoop” by Tamsyn Burgman was harvested and posted for archival purposes via a cached version of Guelph Mercury Press– all other CP syndicated version including Metronews, CTV, Yahoo etc. have “expired” the article so it longer appears online. It seems the articles were all removed a day later and all trace obliterated. The “permalinks” are broken and i only have an excerpt of the article at this point via Winnipeg Free Press.

Ms. Burgmann’s article shares one of my fave Olympic-related stories about the first ever Nepali winter Olympian and gives an overview of what we (at the time) planning for grassroots coverage through the True North Media House project. Also includes comments from Michael Tippet of Now Public.

Artifacts from the anecdotes :

“Citizen journalists preparing to get the unofficial Olympic scoop”


VANCOUVER, B.C. – When Nepal’s first winter Olympian donned skis to rocket across the Salt Lake City cross-country course in 2002, there were no big-shot broadcasters to memorialize the event.

The proud moment for his nation – despite lack of victory hardware – might never have seen the light of day aside from on-site spectators.

Yet owing to an early digital camera and an enterprising spirit, a 10-second video clip of the feat was viewed by tens of thousands some 12,000 kilometres away in Jay Khadka’s home town.

“This was the only vid they got to see of their athlete in the Olympics because of course, it wasn’t on any kind of TV coverage,” said Vancouverite Dave Olson, who personally captured the footage and posted it online.

Airing preliminary rounds of competition is like watching paint dry for the mainstream media, he said.

“I really started to see that there was an importance there to tell these people these stories they weren’t getting through the traditional outlets.”

Olson plans to be in the thick of the rising contingent of so-called citizen journalists at the Vancouver Games who will dig up and share on-the-ground stories that might otherwise go untold, even as 10,000 accredited journalists from around the world roll into the city to work from the main media centre.

Armed with digital gear, social networking tools and the seemingly limitless bounds of the Internet, the scribbling underdogs will bark from mountain tops even without the same privileges as professional media.

“It has the potential to be huge. A lot will depend on the events that will unfold and who is there to cover it,” said Michael Tippett, a founder of Vancouver-based NowPublic, a pioneering citizen journalism site.

“Numbers favour the amateurs’ side of the house, because if something happens, chances will be someone with a camera phone will be there – even in the context of the Olympics, which will be a media circus.”

The caveat to what will likely be the largest social media experiment the Olympics has ever seen is that the International Olympic Committee doesn’t grant unaccredited media access to official events and venues.

Holding tickets to sporting events doesn’t help because under the conditions imposed by Olympic organizers the public – and therefore citizen reporters – are prohibited from publishing photos, audio or video online on blogs, or elsewhere. Posting snapshots to Facebook and Flickr is OK as long as it’s not used commercially, but posting video to YouTube is a no-no.

The fact is that it will be difficult for Olympic organizers to act with the speed of the Internet to stop citizen journalists, but at the Beijing Games an unaccredited photographer found himself facing legal action from the IOC after the Games were over.

Acknowledging they can’t compete with HDTV anyhow, Olson and others are saddling up to instead get scoops from festivals, parties and any event outside an official venue.

“If you’re not winning a gold medal, involved in a scandal or particularly attractive, the mainstream media doesn’t cover those stories,” said Olson, who with Vancouver-based collaborators in Turin and Beijing also helped alternatively document the Games. “On-the-ground is very different from what you see on TV.”

To make it happen, several social media advocacy groups are offering mentoring, work space and resources for bloggers and online correspondents.

True North Media House, which Olson helped found, will be churning out content and setting best practices for grassroots reporting during Olympic Games. Funded only by cash from their own pockets, they’ve created an online social reporter toolbox, will host walking tours during the big events and aim to connect roving reporters from across the globe.

And NowPublic expects hundreds of contributors. Its staff of six will also use technology they developed to scan social media being posted elsewhere to find trends in what visitors are talking – or tweeting – about.

Space is also available to citizen journalists at city locales including Building Opportunities with Business and The Network Hub, and it’s likely more unofficial gathering spots will take root in WiFi cafes.

The province has also set up an unaccredited media centre, which features space for about 30 bloggers, but will still mostly cater to hundreds of mainstream reporters.

If citizen storytellers do in fact show in force – and then push the limits of the strict control of Olympic organizers-advocates predict they have the potential to turn the page on how Games are covered.

“(Olympic organizers) may become overwhelmed,” said Tippett. “If tens of thousands of people doing it becomes untenable, it could forever change (organizers’) relationship around the property they presume to own.”

With Glowing Hearts – True North Media House webisode

This is one storyline, that of the TNMH from the documentary ‘With Glowing Hearts’. We follow Kris Krug and Dave Olson as they try to build an independent Media Center for ‘Socilamediaist’ from around the globe for the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. (Source: http://vimeo.com/)

Olympic Social Reporting and TNMH profiled in Harvard Business Review

During the Vancouver Olympics & the ferver of True North Media House‘s campaign, Dr. Alexandra Samuel (bio below) checked in with Kris Krug and I about the reasons and process of TNMH’s media efforts during the Games.

I’ve liberally pasted from the article here for the record, but encourage to read the entire article in context at How Social Media Is Changing Olympic Coverage – The Conversation in Harvard Business Review {by Alexandra Samuel, Friday February 26, 2010}. As Alex mentions, we’ve worked on projects over the years so she understands the expertise and enthusiasm Kris and I (and others of course) hold for the experimenting with social storytelling and documentation of cultural events. By the way, check Dr. Samuel’s blog for a variety of articles like: Five Unsolved Problems Social Media Could Fix.

German House Opening Ceremony - Vancouver British Columbia
Bonus: Dave Olson and brother celebrate the opening ceremonies - Photo by KK

The brainchild of Vancouver’s social media community, True North Media House (TNMH) was conceived as a way to organize otherwise scatter shot social media coverage of the games into something like what an alternative newspaper would provide. TNMH supports and spotlights Olympic coverage by independent bloggers, tweeters, photographers and videographers, adding their voices to an event dominated by carefully crafted messages disseminated by a controlled (some would argue subjugated) media. Each of those quotes above represents a story about the Olympics that’s been ignored by the mainstream media but is reaching a global audience.

I have firsthand knowledge of how effective the TNMH crew can be in spreading the social media gospel. I was a blogging newbie five years ago when I met TNMH founder Kris Krug. He introduced me to Flickr, cajoled me into learning the Drupal online community platform, and worked with me on some of my first online community projects. And I worked with Dave Olson, one of the other driving forces behind TNMH, to launch an online community for green Vancouver.

Kris and Dave were way ahead of the curve thinking about how the Olympics would intersect with Vancouver’s burgeoning social media scene. They anticipated an upswing in local blogging, and the influx of social media contributors, that would come with a global event. And they also anticipated that many of these folks would fall between the cracks of the traditional Olympic media support system.

“Most of the Olympics is about exclusivity and elitism,” Krug says. “True North is the opposite. You self-accredit and take the True North Media House oath, and you can print your own badge.” The oath is simple:

As a True North Media House Social Reporter, I agree to:
Take responsibility for my work
Publish with creative commons license
Tag content “TNMH” for sharing

To date, 108 contributors have signed up with TNMH and are busily shooting, blogging, tweeting and tagging. “The stories tend to be covering and documenting the fan experience rather than uncovering scandal or investigative reporting,” Olson observed. “With a diverse group of reporters following their key interests, you see compelling stories ranging from civic issues, art and culture, transportation, surveillance and security, to beer and wine.”

Kiratiana Freelon is a Chicago-based blogger who has used TNMH to make the most of her Olympics experience. “I came to the Games with the explicit goal of covering the black athletes here,” Freelon says. She says the TMNH pass “is useful to look like you are halfway legitimate media.”

Then again, none of Krug, Olson and Freelon is looking to make social media more like “official” media, either in terms of access or coverage. “I’m not sure that I want explicit support from Olympic organizers,” Freelon says.”Once you start connecting officially to the Olympic Games, things get restricted.”

Olson makes a similar case for the value of working outside the usual media system. “Once something becomes official and requires approval or adherence to guidelines, the vitality is reduced and (usually) no longer represents the true spirit of what’s going on,” he says. “All people who create and publish content on- or offline should have the same rights and responsibilities.”

Outsider status might preserve the authenticity of social media, but what does it do for the Olympics? Krug sees the International Olympic Committee’s Flickr photo group as a sign of the potential of the Olympics’ embracing of social media, and also a sign of the limitations. “It’s easy to make the right decision on photo sharing,” Krug observed. “But if they were to take their newly friendly attitude to photos and extend to videos, they would pretty much erode their traditional revenue model.

“We’re in for interesting times as the IOC tries to reinvent itself. The IOC is really a big media company like every other big media company. And they are behind the eight-ball because they are hardly an innovator.”

Alexandra Samuel is the Director of the Social + Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr University, and the co-founder of Social Signal, a Vancouver-based social media agency. You can follow Alex on Twitter as awsamuel or her blog at alexandrasamuel.com.

Article: How Social Media Is Changing Olympic Coverage – The Conversation in Harvard Business Review

Citizen Media Making at Vancouver Olympics on CBC Radio 1 – Olympic Outsider #29


Bring your own mic for: Citizen Media Making at Vancouver Olympics – Dave on CBC Radio One – Olympic Outsider #29 (.mp3, 5:40)

On a busy night during the Olympics, i headed over to Canada North hospitality house with a group of True North Media House documenters. Tagging along was a CBC crew including the charming reporter Heba Aly. I was included in the finished CBC Radio 1 piece which focused on media-makers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

This created an interesting scene as i was interviewing “Singing Goose” while a circle of TNMH folks documented the interview, then CBC audio crew and With Glowing Hearts film crew documented the documenters and the hosts of the hospitality house looked on with wonder and happiness.


Global Party List – Olympics to SXSW – Choogle On #84

Global Party List

In between Winter Olympics and SXSW, Uncle Weed soothes a sore throat on a couch and talks about global parties of note (including Oktoberfest, Mardi Gras, Carnival, etc.), plus extols about the Olympic Outsider podcast, True North Media House, importance and nobility of documentation, SXSW preview and recap of recent trip to Pe Ell to visit Hemp Ed and the Numbskulz

Crack a tall can for: Global Party List ~ Olympics to SXSW – Choogle On #84 (.mp3, 15:40) 

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