BU in London

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

Eugene Cariaga of Getty Images gives BU’s Olympic Team the inside scoop on photographing the Olympic games. Photo by Amy Gorel.


Imagine seeing the Olympic 100 meter dash in 3-D, or a 360 degree high-quality, panoramic shot of Olympic stadium able to be tagged by millions. You can and you will, thanks to the technical wizardry of the photographers and editors at Getty Images.
The company is the official photography agency of the Olympics and plans to deploy an army of news photographers at the Games, including two who will be disguised as sheep to pop up during the Opening Ceremony!
Photographer Shaun Botterill thinks the Olympics is a great time to try out the new technology, pointing out that soon, you might not even need special glasses to see 3 D photographs on an Ipad. Eugene Cart….points out that Getty’s photographers are sports specialists, experienced at “getting the shot” whether it is Michael Phelps bounding into the stands to hug his mother, the underwater shot of an Olympian completing his dive or the overhead photographs taken from robotic cameras, some of which will be hanging from the roof of the Olympic Stadium. Getty Images will take a million images, using 50-60 thousand photographs transmitted around the world in minutes. See the photographs and read the stories of how photographers got the shots.

Inside the BBC’s Coverage of the London Olympics

 BBC News Executive Stephen Mitchell tells BU students what is different about BBC’s coverage of this year’s 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.
Watch the interview here (1.49)

 Tour the Olympic Park


BU journalism students toured outside London’s locked- down Olympics Park, later meeting with its master builder. 
 “London is ready”. That’s the declaration from an East End native and Olympics guide as well as a member of the Olympics Development Authority. Week One of BU’s Covering the London Olympics program kicked off with students seeing the major venues, including a “stingray” aquatics center, the Olympics Village and stadium.
 Security personnel are everywhere and master builder David Fison later explained to the students, “Beijing was not a terrorist target, the U.K. and the U.S. unfortunately are.”, raising the price of security at the Games. (select photos of Fison talking to students here) Fison is a British construction CEO and a member of the Olympics Development Authority. Seven years in the planning and building, Fison is proud that 75% of the Olympic venues will be re-used, one of the key factors in London winning the hosting bid.
The Games, starting July 27th,  will depend on public transport to the formerly run-down East End; only the Queen and members of the media are expected to use the rare parking lots. So far, the construction budget is coming in a billion pounds (about 1.5 million dollars) under budget, with the 2008 financial crisis actually helping by making labor and materials cheaper.
See more of BU students’ coverage at

“Our Revels Now Are Ended” – William Shakespeare

The London Olympics are over but our web site remains-www.bujournalism.com/olympics2012. This web site publishes the work of fourteen Boston University journalism students who produced more than sixty video and audio reports, tweeted, blogged and just plain reported stories which gave our viewers and partner news outlets local coverage of the international Olympic Games.
We will be re-organizing the site as an archival showcase of the best Olympic moments. Thanks for your support and interest.
-Covering the London Olympics program director
Susan Walker

Sounds Of The U.S. – Japan Gold Medal Soccer Match. Slideshow by Ashley Lisenby and Carolyn Bick.

BU Students See Gold

BU Journalism students Matt Reed and Victoria Price hang with gold medalist Ryan Lochte at NBC's Today show set in London's Olympic Park.

What the Olympics Mean To:

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