Tag: sochi

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

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

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 »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I’m glad to say that SochiReporter, my Knight-funded project, launched on October 27. This was a very important day for me, and for our team. We tested SochiReporter for about two months before the public launch, inviting both web experts and users to comment on various aspects of the site. In the days before the [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

The SochiReporter team recently presented our project at the 14th All Russia Media Forum, held in Dagomys, Sochi, in late September. This annual forum for Russian print and online media is organized by the Russian Union of Journalists. Among the participants this year were more than 1,000 journalists from local and regional Russian newspapers, as [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I’ve just returned from helping deliver the first seminar about blogging and citizen journalism ever held in Sochi, Russia. Just weeks away from launching my Knight News Challenge project, SochiReporter.ru, I organized a seminar for third, fourth and fifth year students from the five leading Sochi-based universities. Thirty-five journalism and IT students participated in the [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I’m looking into the Delta airplane illuminator at the white snow valley with scattered grayish mountain peaks of Greenland, which just recently became independent of Danmark, and comparing the view with the satellite map right behind me on the horizontal Kindle-size screen. First thought: since last summer Delta tech guys made a great step forward [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I am entering the large movie theatre hall where the conference dedicated to the social networks is just about to start. A prominent web expert is commenting on the Russian President’s decision to launch a Livejournal account and the first post on the Internet development in Russia. Someone is talking about the recent You Tube [...] more »