2010.10.04: Launch Event, #ANDfest Manchester

Dear all, please find the full programme of #media2012 below


Will citizen media take over the 2012 Games?

4th October 2010

Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

10:00 – 17:00


Will citizen media take over the 2012 Games?

This day-long event will be the first public presentation of Professor Andy Miah’s Media Blueprint for London 2012, an independent proposal to create a UK wide Underground Media Zone during the London 2012 Games. The event is co-sponsored by Abandon Normal Devices, the London 2012 Creative Programmers Network and the University of the West of Scotland.

The symposium will bring citizen journalists, artists, cultural producers and media from the Olympic Games of Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi and Rio. Discussions will focus on opportunities, strategy and vision, to create a publicly owned new media legacy for the Games and encourage UK independent media networks to discuss prospects within the context of an increasingly Digital Britain.

Sessions will consider the national and regional cultural legacies leading up to London 2012 and consider the intersections of art, science and the media. Speakers include London 2012 Creative Programmers, social media experts Kris Krug, Alexander Zolotarev from Russia, Josi Paz from Brazil, and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Director Ruth Mackenzie. This is a unique opportunity for delegate to discuss what they would like to see reported during Games time and how they will contribute.

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10:15 – Opening Session
Introduction – Dave Moutrey, CEO – Cornerhouse
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad
Prof. Andy Miah: Media Blueprint for London 2012

11:20 – Panel Debate: Past, Present & Future Games (Cinema 2)
Join this exciting debate about Olympic and Paralympic Games, past and present, to find out what has been possible to achieve with independent media platforms and what other countries envisage to be possible.

Introduction – Prof. Andy Miah
Vancouver 2010: Kris Krug
Sochi 2014: Alexander Zolotarev
Rio 2016: Josi Paz
Q&A: Focus on London 2012

13:30 Panel Debate: Journalism, Sport & Culture: Integrated visions?
What do the 2012 Games cultures of sport, cultural expression and media have in common? Is there scope to develop a common vision that promotes a wider contribution to the civic society? This panel will bring together perspectives in sport, art and journalism to discuss what aspirations could surround the reporting of London 2012.
Paul Newman, Head of Communications, MediaCityUK
Scott Dougal, Olympics Editor, the Press Association
Dr Beatriz García, advisor to the Culture, Ceremonies and Education team within the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

14:45 Breakout Sessions
Group 1
Ana Adi – Beijing 2008 and New Media
Jennifer Jones – Independent Media in Vancouver
Dave McGillivray, Social Media and the 2010 World Cup
John Coster, CitizensEye – ‘Organising 2012 Community Media Reporters’

Group 2
James O’Malley, Citizen broadcasting for London 2012
David Goldblatt, Sports reporting without a press pass – blogging from the 2010 World Cup
Gill Ridgley, Archiving the Olympics
Kiratiana Freelon, Chicago 2016: The Olympic Bid and Social Media

15:50 Plenary session and Close

This event is part supported by the UK network of London 2012 Creative Programmers in the North West of England, South West of england and Scotland.

Funding from the North West is from Legacy Trust UK as part of its research and development activity for WE Play, the North West’s unique contribution to the build up and legacy of the 2012.

peaker Biographies (incomplete)


  • Ana Adi

Ana Adi is a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland where she investigates the framing of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as done by public relations practitioners, online non-accredited media outlets and online readers. She is also an alumna of the International Olympic Academy and a post-graduate grantee of the Olympic Studies Centre of the International Olympic Committee. Prior to her doctorate, Ana completed a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.

Ana is also an independent Public Relations Consultant specialised in new media and online communication strategies. Previous clients include the pan-European social network Netlog; Sport in Society (Northeastern University, US); Hewlett-Packard and Deloitte (Hill & Knowlton, Washington); and Coca-Cola Romania (McCann Erickson). Ana is also a regular contributor to the online magazine, Culture @ the Olympics.

  • John Coster

John Coster is the editor of the Citizens Eye Community News Agency covering Leicester & Leicestershire. Founder of the Community Media Hub project recruiting 2,012 Community Reporters to provide coverage of communities during the London 2012 Games and editor of Soar Magazines ‘Community’ section.

  • John Duffy.

John Duffy is the Marketing Director of Nemisys, ipadio paretn company. John has been enthusiastic about what the web can do for organisations and for individuals since 1997, when he promoted an online environmental conference with over 12,000 registered delegates from all over the World. His work with Nemisys involves over 80 amateur sports organisations, many of whom are national governing bodies for Olympics sports, including Paralympics GB, BADMINTON England, England Hockey and England Athletics. Projects vary from full scale web sites to participation projects encouraging people to try sports. John also work with several of these sports bodies to see how ipadio can best be used to cover their events

  • Scott Dougal

Scott Dougal is Olympics Editor at the Press Association. He I joined the Press Association in 2000 and has spent the last 10 years covering UK and international sport. The 2012 Olympics will be his sixth multi-sport event.


  • Kiratiana Freelon

Kiratiana Freelon is a Harvard Graduate who has traveled to more than 25 countries and appeared on the Travel Channel as an expert on Paris. The Chicago native’s, sport and culture led her to work on Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since the bid ended she has dedicated herself to utilizing social media to promoting social causes and travel, which included social reporting for the Vancouver Olympic Games. She recently published the book, Kiratiana’s Travel Guide to Black Paris and blogs at Kiratianatravels.com. Her goal is to help more people become social reporters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  She can be reached at Kiratianatravels@gmail.com and @kiratiana.

  • Dr Beatriz García

Beatriz is currently a member of the Culture and Education Advisory Committee of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and adviser to the London Development Agency Olympic Research Programme. She is also member of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre postgraduate grant selection committee and the London 2012 meta-evaluation peer review team. She is the author of The Olympic Games and Cultural Policy (2011).

  • David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt is a sportswriter, broadcaster and teacher.   He is the author of the World Football Yearbook (DK, 2002, 2003,2004),The Ball is Round: a Global History of Football (Viking, 2006) (‘A tour de force of brilliant writing, historical colour and sporting vignette’ – Observer) and, most recently, co-author with Johnny Acton of The Football Book (DK, 2009). He has also worked on a variety of illustrated books, including  DK’s E-Encyclopaedia. He writes the Sporting Life column in Prospect magazine, covering a wide variety of sporting issues, and wrote Prospect’s own guide to the 2008 Beijing Games (attached). He teaches a course in the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol and has recently reported for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service on the economics of baseball in the Dominican Republic, the politics of football in Israel and Kenya, and the rise of Indian cricket.  He won the Sports Story of the Year at the Foreign Media Association Press Awards 2009 for a BBC World Service documentary on Mathare United, the first team from Africa’s urban slums to win a national title.

  • Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones is a PhD researcher within the School of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of the West of Scotland and a Visiting Lecturer within the Media School at Birmingham City University and DeMontfort University. She is working on projects closely tied to the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games, in the context of emerging media landscapes and changing labour practices within the creative industries. She specializes in new media methods for data capture, collection and archiving, in particular around social media and mega-events, whilst focusing on the continuous link between digital practice and theory.

www.jennifermjones.net @jennifermjones

  • Kris Krug

Kris Krüg is an international photographer who is a fervent evangelist for open culture and empowerment through technology. Constantly challenging himself by shooting diverse subjects from emerging rock bands to Olympic athletes, Kris uses his engaging personality to break down the barriers between lens and subject. Because of his unorthodox approach to his art, Kris’ has had his photos featured in the Wired, National Geographic and the LA Times. Time after time his lens perfectly mimics his eye’s approach to catching the serendipitous moments in life.

  • Andrew Lavigne

Andrew Lavigne’s career began 20 years ago as a Community TV Producer In Ottawa. In that time he has worked in various capacities of the business including Directing, Editing and Producing. From 1996-2007 Andrew worked in Vancouver on set as camera assistant (IA669). Standing next to some of this generations best filmmakers and observing how they told stories inspired Andrew to begin telling his own.

Since then andrewlavigne.com was created to showcase his various projects. Shooting his own material on film, video or digital technology Andrew always meets evolution head on, pushing boundaries, building new roads and defining this unknown landscape. Interested in honesty and the power of the human spirit. Telling compelling stories by transforming ideas into visions. Sharing pieces that are insightful with cinematic style describes Andrew’s directing

  • Ruth Mackenzie

Ruth Mackenzie OBE is director of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Formerly an expert adviser on broadcasting and cultural policy for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, her previous roles include General Director of the Manchester International Festival and of Scottish Opera, Chief Executive of Chichester Festival Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse.

She has also worked as consultant for the BBC, Tate, Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra and Arts Council of England amongst others. She is a Visiting Professor of City University, London, and has sat as a non-executive director on many cultural boards.

  • Dr Dave McGillivray

Dr David McGillivray is a Senior Lecturer in Events Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is currently writing a book titledEvents Policy: From Theory to Strategy for Routledge (publication date in early 2011) and his other research interests lie in the field of event experiences and sports event tourism. David has undertaken a number of evaluation studies of events and festivals for public and private agencies in Scotland and takes a keen interest in bridging the gap between academia and industry.

  • Prof. Andy Miah

Professor Miah is Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies at the University of the West of Scotland, a Fellow at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology and part of the Programming Committee for the Abandon Normal Devices Festival, an ‘inspired by 2012’ event, funded by the Legacy Trust.

Professor Miah is an Olympic scholar and writer, having undertaken research into Olympic media at every summer and winter Olympic Games since Sydney 2000, at which he has also worked as a journalist. He has been a visiting Professor at the International Olympic Academy, a Visiting Scholar at the International Olympic Committee museum in Lausanne and teaches Olympic Studies at the University of the West of Scotland, supervising PhD students whose work focuses on Olympic media. While at the Vancouver 2010 Games, he wrote for The Huffington Post, facilitated cultural collaborations between London 2012 and Vancouver 2010 and was on the steering committee for the creation of two independent media centres. He also writes for the Guardian. He is currently completing a book called A Digital Olympics for The MIT Press.

@andymiah / email@andymiah.net / +44 (0) 757 898 4147

  • Dave Moutrey

Dave Moutrey has been Director and Chief Executive of Cornerhouse since April 1998. Cornerhouse is Manchester’s international centre for cinema and contemporary visual art and in one of the leading multi-disciplinary arts organisations in the UK.

He joined Cornerhouse after eight years as Chief Executive of Arts About Manchester (now All About Artists) the regional arts marketing and audience development agency. Dave had previously managed the Abraham Moss Centre Theatre in North Manchester. He is a qualified drama teacher and an artist and theatre producer who has worked on over 30 community productions with Greater Manchester based groups.  Recently Dave has played a leading role in developing a network of Cross Art Form venues in England and chaired three successive Shift Happens conferences focusing on digital innovation in the arts.  He has presented recently arts industry leaders for the Mission Models and Money programme, Tate Connects, Arts Marketing Association and City University London on new business models for the arts.

Dave is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the Chartered Management Institute, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Association of British Theatre Technicians and the Arts Marketing Association. He is a Trustee of Urbis, Manchester (Manchester Millennium Quarter Development Trust), and Company Secretary to the Association of Independent Cinema Exhibitors, Cross Artform Venues and exposures Film Festival. He is a Board Member of AND Festival, Pilot Theatre Company (currently Chair) and The Corridor Partnership.

In 1994 he won the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for services to Theatre.

  • Paul Newman

Paul Newman is director of communications at Peel Media, the developers of MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.  Paul joined Peel from the Liverpool Culture Company, where he was communications and public affairs director for European Capital of Culture 2008.  Paul also had a three-year stint as director of communications at The Football Association. Prior to The FA, Paul spent 20 years as a television news correspondent for the BBC, ITV and Sky News, including three years as sports correspondent for the BBC’s Six O’clock News.

  • James O’Malley

James O’Malley joined ipadio in August 2009 after receiving an MA in International Relations from King’s College, London. As web editor, James is the first point of contact for customers and clients contacting ipadio, and he has worked with all their many sporting and National Governing Body clients to assist them in using ipadio as a tool to broadcast their news and updates to fans

  • Dave Olson

Dave Olson is a mixed media storymaker and chronic documentarian from his earliest days. Published on topics from Hemp culture in Japan to Telco de-regulation, Dave also makes handmade literary chapbooks, static montage art and renegade documentary podcasts. After covering Olympic games in-person from SLC, and afar for Turin and Beijing, Dave co-founded a ground-breaking project for social media coverage during the Vancouver Olympics called the True North Media House.

“DaveO” graduated in Inter-disciplinary Studies from Evergreen College and works as an community director for a noted social web tool. He frequently presents at events including SXSW and Northern Voice, and appears in the media discussing technology, hockey and culture. Now spends his time telling stories and listening to vinyl on the back porch whille gazing at mountains and trees.

True North Media House http://truenorthmediahouse.com

Dave Olson: http://uncleweed.net

  • Josi Paz

Josi Paz is a visiting student from University of Brasília at Nottingham Trent University -  sponsored by Capes Brazilian Foundation (Ministry of Education). Josi has a background in advertising and has worked as Communication Advisor for the Brazilian governement from 2001 to 2010, when she moved to England to complete her PhD in Sociology, following on from a  Master in Social Communications.

  • Gill Ridgley

Gill Ridgley is a curator in the social sciences section of the British Library and is the subject specialist for sport. She edits the British Library’s Sport & Society website.

  • Alexander Zolotarev

Alexander Zolotarev is SochiReporter.ru Founder and CEO, and an Associate Professor in multimedia journalism at the Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University. He is teaching to the Russian and international students, and is a regular attendee of the world’s leading conferences on new media, such as Interactive Editor & Publisher conference in the USA, the Next Web in Amsterdam, the Russian Internet Forum in Moscow, Future of News and Civic Media conference at MIT Stata Center, organized by the MIT Media Lab and the Knight Foundation.

Alexander is 2008 Knight News Challenge winner. His project, SochiReporter.ru, received a $ 600, 000 grant from the Knight Foundation.

In 2007-2008 Alexander spent 11 months in New York as a Fulbright Scholar, working on his PhD dissertation on Journalism 2.0, convergence culture and virtual communities at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is now continuing his research in Sochi and Moscow focusing on the interaction of the Olympics and the new media. Alexander blogs about the development of his project, SochiReporter.ru, at the PBS Media Shift/ Idea Lab.

Alexander graduated from the Russian-Norwegian High School in Moscow. He wrote the first ever in Russian 224-page guidebook to Norway, worked as staff editor in the Russian edition of the Esquire magazine, where he also covered techno gadgets and hi-tech innovation. He was special projects editor in 9 magazines including Harvard Business Review (Russia), National Geographic (Russia), National Geographic Traveler (Russia) and was also staff correspondent in the entertainment and pop-culture program ‘All at once!’ at NTV Channel (one of the leading channels in Russia).

a.b.zolotarev@gmail.com / az@sochireporter.ru

About SochiReporter

SochiReporter is one of the winners of the 2008 Knight News Challenge contest, an initiative taken by the Knight Foundation to shape the future of news. SochiReporter was launched on October 27, 2009 enabling the people of Sochi, the Russian resort city hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, to use the latest online tools to both discuss and influence the impact of the Games. A website and database allow the community to track and debate how the plans are changing life there over a five-year period. The idea is to help residents better prepare for the Olympics, to inform the media about the city’s issues and to use discussions about the games as a way to improve life in Sochi. SochiReporter is the first ever initiative to build a unified multimedia archive about the preparation of a host city for the Olympics.

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