China: Citizen journalists prepare for the Olympics

Global Voices OlympicsFootloose citizen reporter Zuola has said [zh] he's going to be there, religious extremists are going to be there, foreign media seem to be looking for local stringers, and cutting-edge web 2.0 companies are so convinced that something worth vlogging will happen during next month's Beijing Olympic Games that they're giving away free stuff, despite the apparent attempt to ban any filming of Olympic events.

Can we say that any citizen reporter in the area worth their salt should already be finalizing plans to be in Beijing on 888? If you're not, now's the time to reconsider. Late last month, global citizen journalism site GroundReport announced a 500 USD prize and top spot on their homepage for best citizen reporter video taken next month:

“Because the Beijing Olympics will be the first covered by Citizen Journalists. And while traditional media converges in Beijing, we want to know the story behind the story, from regular people like YOU.”

If you visit the site, don't forget to check out the rules. Top of the list of ideas for things GroundReport is looking for: Protests.


  • the ‘religious extremests’ link was amazing. The WBC is horrible, but the comments on the Shanghaist post had a great discussion of how homosexuality is approached in China.

    Thanks to the WBC page, I learned that there are bible quotes like : (Jer. 6:15). (ugh, horrible)

  • I’ll be in the Bird’s Nest on 08/08. :) I’ll record some videos for ya, John.

    I’m really curious how the crowd is going to respond to the French team.

  • @Jeremy if anyone attacks the WBC you’ll probably see Chinese cops doing what little they can to protect them.

    Okay, i’ll remember to look for you on Twitter that day then, in case you do any live updates. ; )
    What sports is France even good at? Last I heard China’s football team was o-u-t. Maybe wrestling then, or the 100m sprint.

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  • Ben

    Can’t wait to see some reporting on push-ups. Is push-up a sport? Maybe France can be good at that too?

  • Ben

    The report on psuh-up is already available, a great piece from Bob Chen:

    Enjoy it!

  • moron bush is bowing to beijing

  • i bet you Jk, shall be involve in it. not just to ” report”, but also inconaivance with self-professed ” huamn-right actovists” and what not. i.e. to staged anti-social behavior for the sake of anti-gov’t protest. It’s good that they’re giving out rewards to citizen journalist, ..hope they won’t abuse it for money and fame.

  • Knights

    Well, no matter how much I hated Bush or Pelosi, I still like usa, my current home. I do NOT want to see America being driven to the ground by paying trillions of $$$$$ for a war that does not return anything. i.e. gas price is still high. . . . housing bubble etc. I certainly do NOT appreciate Bush spending any money on Dalai for anti-China activities back in March ;-)

    Anyway, I will support Bush if he supports the olympics :-)

  • Knights:

    I do not like the illegal Chinese Occupation of Tibet.

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