Citizen, Alternative Media Converge at Olympic Games in Vancouver

    by Kris Krug
    February 17, 2010
    A member of the public documents the opening of German House during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Photo by Kris Krüg

    It has become second nature for people to capture experiences, events and news using their phones, cameras and computers. We live in a world were journalism is an action — and citizens have stepped up to answer that call to action.

    As a result, the story of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games is by no means limited to the version being told by official media sponsors. Social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Tumblr are enabling citizens and independent media to provide real-time coverage of the culture, events and community that are part of the Olympic Games. More stories are being told than ever before — and most of them have nothing to to do with the athletic events.

    Kris Krüg is a photographer with Static Photography and a prominent member of the citizen and alternative media community in Vancouver. He is out in the city covering the broad spectrum of events that are occurring during the Olympics.


    This is his photographic recap of citizen and alternative journalism at the Olympic Games.

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    Citizen journalists John Biehler and Dave Olson hold up the media accreditation badge for the True North Media House. TNMH is a virtual and independent media house operating during the Olympics. It provides media accreditation to citizen journalists of all types and also aggregates their reporting.


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    One response to “Citizen, Alternative Media Converge at Olympic Games in Vancouver”

    1. tV says:

      Great collection of photos & comments, Kris. Here’s a link to a post where I spent some time dissecting the differences between contemporary social media and previous incarnations of “citizen journalism” via Indymedia — writ as a True North Media House “social reporter” at the 2010 Olympic Games:


      cheers/ tobias

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