Where the Mo-Jos (mobile journalists) Live
Ever wonder how 23 thousand journalists are able to cover the Olympics, with its scattered venues, enormous crowds and transportation delays? Boston University students visited the Media Press Center at the London Olympics Park to find one of the biggest newsrooms in the world. International journalists connected to their news outlets from hundreds of desks, filing articles, photographs and videos, all from laptop computers.
When not reporting and filing, journalists are able to take advantage of on-site restaurants, bars, even a beauty salon.
Hosted by Getty Images manager Eugene Cariaga, BU students were also able to test the new technology being used at the Games, such as the new 3- D images of basketball, requiring special glasses.
Matt Reed takes a look at 3-D images by Getty photographers. Photo by Keesa McKoy.
Getty photojournalists are capturing the highlights of the Olympics, both at the finish lines, but also underwater and overhead with robotic cameras. For more behind the lenses, see this video report by BU’s Brittany Devane.
Getty Images command control center is staffed by editors who receive images live, directly from Olympic events and are able to edit, caption and transmit those images to international news outlets with an astonishing two minute turnaround time. (Yes, they make mistakes, but also almost instantaneous corrections). Getty Images photographers are expected to capture more than a million images of the London Olympics, publishing nearly sixty thousand with a track record of being the first company to license imagery online.
Victoria Price, Brittany Devane, Marie Torto, Professor Susan Walker, Keesa McKoy, Matt Reed, and Justin Bourke at Getty Images center at London Olympics Press Center
Study Abroad Olympic Viewing Party
Boston University Journalism Professor, Susan Walker, welcomes BU alums and shows off students’ Olympic website.
Boston University students and alumni/ae can be found competing, covering and coordinating the London Olympics 2012; their accomplishments were celebrated August 1st at an Olympics viewing party held at the BU Study Abroad complex in London.
Members of the BU community celebrated the day’s gold medal win by former Terrier Florian Mennigan (’06) who rowed for the German team in the men’s eight final. Attendees also met the fourteen BU journalism students who are in London, covering New England athletes and stories for several local outlets as part of a program co-sponsored by the Study Abroad office and BU’s College of Communication.
Olympics program director Susan Walker and London ‘s Director of Studies Michael Peplar welcomed the alumni, students and faculty members by describing BU’s Study Abroad programs and the efforts to prepare students for a global
economy and news market.
Members of BU’s international community were thanked for their support and urged to stay connected. One of the BU alums, Will Keenan (GSM ‘77) works for the International Olympic Committee and responded with an offer to arrange a coveted visit by students to the Broadcast House within the secured Olympic Park. Several attendees offered encouragement, story ideas and promises to add to the thousands of Web hits to the students’ web site at www.bujournalism.com/olympics2012.
Behind the Lens of Official Olympic Photographer, Getty Images
Inside the BBC’s Coverage of the London Olympics
Tour the Olympic Park