Things have been pretty calm so far. It’s not too crowded yet, but then the International Media Centre is not exactly the center of Olympic Village. And I’m not anywhere near the center of the IMC.
Even though we’re here doing journalism, Vericorder is not a media company. According to Vericorder President and CEO Gary Symons, they have formed a temporary “media group that will create and distribute content at the Olympic Games.” Because of this, we have some additional restrictions that other media outlets don’t have. This also means a limited number of “media” credentials, which are given to our real journalists — the students. In my role is as editor I can be in the background, so I have a limited access “partner” credential.
(But I’m at the Olympics and you’re not!)
Here are some of the other specific rules we must follow, as sited by Symons:
1. The International Olympic Committee is a large and powerful group and they are extremely protective of the Olympics name. Therefore the words ‘Olympics’, Olympic Games, ‘the Games’, or any other reference to the Olympic Games, cant be used in any story which also names a private company, especially VeriCorder.
2. We can’t have nudity or profanity in any of our stories, except for rare exceptions, with approval from one of our editors.
4. We cannot publish any stories that could be considered “political, social commentary, or any stories that imply criticism of the Olympics or the International Olympic Committee.”
These restrictions are pretty easy to live and work with. These restrictions will not force us to be PR vehicles for the Olympics. The IOC is extending privileges to a non-journalistic company and this is a concession we have to make. There are tons of good stories to be found here, we’ll have plenty of raw materials for testing out the Vericorder software.
Lastly, in the “small world” category, I’ve made friends with Souie (pronounced soo- ee) Gorup, a Mi’kmaq native woman who is volunteering at the BC IMC. Her son was an Olympic-level 10m platform diver and looked into joining the diving team at Mizzou. Alas, he opted to stay in Canada. His name is Wegadesk Gorup-Paul. His first name means northern lights in Mi’kmaq language.
See you later, eh.