Call for content – Olympic Footprint

Here’s the latest newsletter from CitizenShift >> << Online Media for Social Change


>> Olympic Footprint
The 2010 Vancouver Olympics will be one of the largest international events in Canadian history. It will be subject to some of the most intense media coverage imaginable: television stations plan on broadcasting the games 22 hours per day, and thousands of journalists from around the world will cover the event.

The Olympics have also become highly controversial and contested. Residents of Vancouver, Whistler and surrounding areas, Indigenous communities of Coast Salish Territories, and people from coast to coast have been criticizing the event’s impact on land rights, the environment, housing, social services and civil liberties. All this seems in contradiction to the Olympics’ mission of friendly competition and promoting peace and good relations between countries.
Olympic Footprint is CITIZENShift’s call for media on how you see the Olympics: Does the goodwill it’s meant to foster outweigh local criticism?  What kind of ‘footprints’ (environmental, economic, social, etc) are the Vancouver games leaving on that city and what kinds of ‘footprints’ have past Olympics left on other hosting cities?

We’re looking for stories that tell how the Olympics are impacting life in BC, across Canada and around the world, before, during and after the games have gone.

Send your proposals for short videos, audio pieces, texts and photos by January 15, 2010 to (details on how to submit below). We’ll be in touch shortly after if your piece is accepted. The dossier will go online in late January 2010.

Please note that original, unpublished works will be considered for stipends. Already published work is also greatly appreciated, and will be accepted, but we will not be able to consider this work for honorariums.

Submission guidelines (please email to

Phone number:
Type of media:
Working title (can change later):
Brief description of proposed piece (300 words max):
Deadline: January 15, 2010


>>Copenhagen Podcasts – Canadian Youth Delegation to Copenhagen

The CitizenShift podcast is back in force with a series of daily updates from the Canadian Youth Delegation at the climate change conference taking place this week in Copenhagen.

The podcasts are about 2-5 minutes long and include interviews with climate experts, updates from the conference and ‘a day in the life of’ snapshots of what it’s like to be a young person at this historic event.  Some excellent information and up to the minute reports back from the summit.

Don’t miss it !


>> New Dossier – Cement Roots
Check out this ‘hot’ new dossier by independent filmmaker Tamar Kozlov on the ever-growing practice of urban agriculture within the confines of cemented spaces.
Are you involved in urban agriculture or know someone who is?  Don’t be shy, add some of your own media to the dossier !

>> New Blog – Dec 6th – Remembering 14 women
December 6th may have come and gone, but we want to continue to mark the memory of the women slain at Polytechnique 20yrs ago and to put an end to violence against women everywhere.  Several special guests joined the CitizenShift blog to reflect on this tragic anniversary.

>> Good Morning Afghanistan by Ariel Nasr
Read Ariel’s fascinating reflections from the point of view of an Afgan Canadian now based in Kabul to make a documentary about women boxers in Afghanistan.

>>Round the World Radio by Aliza Simons
Round the World Radio features multimedia portraits of community radio and the people who make it happen — from seven countries.  Follow her now in Quito, Ecuador.

>> Women boxers still going strong
Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian are still blogging strong with their highly popular blog – Women Boxers in India.
Since 2006, they’ve been tracking the Indian Women’s National Boxing Team, who are some of the best boxers in the world.  Look out for their soon-to-be-released film entitled: With This Ring.

New Workshops: Documentary Media / Participatory Web & Social Networking
Write, direct and distribute your own documentary audio and video works.  Use citizen media as a tool for social change.
The CitizenShift team has developed a series of highly specialized workshops in Documentary Media (film making, radio podcasting, blogging, social networking).  If you or your organization would like to learn more about the growing importance of media work and how you can do it too, contact us !  We’d be happy to design a course tailor-made for you!
From all of us at CitizenShift; wishing you a very happy and healthy new years !

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