Covering the London Olympics
Semester at the Summer Olympics 2012
Fourteen BU student journalists are reporting from the London Olympics, covering New England athletes and issues for six US news outlets.
These professional partners will offer online, expanded Olympic coverage from the students’ dispatches, photographs, blogs, video and audio reports and tweets. The Covering the London Olympics program is led by journalism professor Susan Walker and sponsored by the College of Communication and Study Abroad office. Read about our experiences and those of similar programs covering the Olympics in this article on PBS. For more information on this program, read this article in BU Today.
Who We Are
A Sampling of Our Work
These video reports were produced by the Boston University News Service from London.
What the Olympics Means To…
We asked London natives about the hype surrounding the Olympics.
British Ticket Buyers
Many Brits can’t get tickets to their choice of Olympic events being held in their backyard. The Mason family of St Albans is one example. Olympic event tickets, ranging from about $30 to $3,000, are for sale in rounds, with almost 95% of the applications from hopeful British buyers. The Masons only got tickets to the Olympic handball event; The youngest, 16-year-old Joe, plans to research the sport before going to the Games.
What does the Olympics mean to BBC news executive Stephen Mitchell? He predicts he will be more the journalist than the sports fan during the Games. Managing 9,000 BBC TV and radio journalists, Mitchell explained to BU students the sometimes schizophrenic role of working for a network celebrating the Olympics while responsible for reporting what goes wrong. The BBC network will mark a first, by covering all the Olympic events real-time, through live video streaming online and digital channels. Viewers will be able to see coverage when and where they want.
This East Ender thinks the Olympics is the best thing that ever happened to his ‘hood. Pepe Martinez grew up in what was a poor, polluted and isolated part of London. Now he’s a proud tour guide and plans to escort one of the top IOC officials during the Games.
David Fison is a member of the Olympics Delivery Authority, responsible for building the Olympic venues. Security, transportation, but he is not worried. 75 percent of the Olympic facilities in London will be re-used and the Games are virtually car-less. That is, except for the Queen who is one of the only attendees able to use the only car parking lot.