Tag: olympics

by Alexander Zolotarev

If the London Summer Olympics were called the Twitter Olympics, the Sochi 2014 Games were definitely the Instagram Olympics. (Though I personally expected Vine to be more of a boom for these Games.) The flow of digital content was impressive and, according to Mark Adams, IOC communications director, numbered at 90 percent of all the [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

For me, June has always been a conference month — and this year was no exception. On my way to the annual MIT-Knight Civic Media meet-up in Cambridge, Mass., I made an essential stop in Aarhus, Denmark. Aarhus University, which is based in the Danish city, organized a major soccer conference in partnership with a [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

2010 was a very good year for us at SochiReporter. In late December we took time to analyze the year’s achievements and, to be frank, I was excited about the list of various activities SochiReporter initiated or participated in. Of course, I try to be cautious about praising myself and our team too much, as [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I’ve just returned from England where I spoke at the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) event, an independently funded festival of new cinema and digital culture. It was held in the Cornerhouse, a 25-year-old arts and media space located in the heart of Manchester. My presentation was part of the #media2012 session dedicated to the growing [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

On Monday, September 27, SochiReporter will begin publishing in English. From that point on, every Monday will see us publish new exclusive stories about ongoing preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and about life in four of the Big Sochi main areas: Central Sochi, Adler, Khosta and Lazarevskoye. (We will be translating the Russian posts [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

When I think about my project, SochiReporter, I often recall the seminal 1961 book by Jane Jacobs, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” This book challenged the conventional wisdom of city planners of that era and celebrated the vibrancy of the urban streetscape. It also encouraged citizen involvement in the development of neighborhoods. [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com. Flying over Lincoln, Nebraska, aboard a Delta jet, I peered down at the gently rolling meadows, farmlands and the statue [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I recently spoke with a friend of mine here in Sochi, Russia. She is a specialist in modernizing the technological infrastructure of sanatoriums, which were the places where lucky Soviet working class heroes would be sent to rest and relax. (Think of them as health spas.) It’s a challenge to transform the Soviet-era sanatoriums. For [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

The eruption of a volcano in Iceland affected the travel plans of thousands, and inspired an outpouring of Iceland- and ash-themed jokes (“Dear Iceland, we want your cash, not your ash. Thanks, Europe”) — almost enough to fill a separate post. But I wasn’t laughing about the fact that there was no way — except [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I’m excited about finding new ways to market and promote SochiReporter.ru that inspire the citizens of Sochi, Russia to contribute to the site. I believe that you can be a lot more creative when marketing a website. As opposed to a newspaper or radio station, a website can reach a larger, even global, audience. I [...] more »