MOSCOW, February 7 – RIA Novosti. The Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti, which is authorized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cover the performance of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, and the R-Sport Sports News Agency, which is part of the RIA Novosti Group, discuss their “Olympic Program” in detail exactly 12 months prior to the start of the Games.
In September 2011, the RIA Novosti Group was awarded the status of national host agency and photo pool of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2014 by the IOC.
The awarding of the status of national host agency and photo pool is another recognition of the professionalism of RIA Novosti's journalists, as well as a high assessment of the agency' efforts to expand sports coverage in Russia.
“The main task of the national host agency is to focus on the performance of Russia’s Olympic team,” said RIA Novosti Group Editor-in-Chief Svetlana Mironyuk. IOC representatives have repeatedly said that the tasks of the national host agency are extremely important for a country like Russia. It will be impossible to meet the requests of all media outlets wishing to cover the Olympic Games because only a limited number of journalists will be able to obtain personal accreditation and work at the Games. The existence of an authorized national host agency will allow Russian media outlets to obtain the most up-to-date and exhaustive text stories, images and videos from RIA Novosti and R-Sport, some of which will be provided free of charge.
RIA Novosti’s Olympic Team
Maxim Filimonov, RIA Novosti’s First Deputy Editor-in-Chief, has been appointed Head of the Olympic Team of the national host agency and photo pool at the XXII Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2014. He is addressing the development and coordination of strategic issues involved in covering the Olympic Games in Russia, as well as cooperation with the agency’s international partners.
Dmitry Tugarin, RIA Novosti’s Executive Director, is the main coordinator for sports and organizational issues with regard to RIA Novosti’s preparations for the Olympic Games.
Vasily Konov, Editor-in-Chief of the R-Sport Agency, is the editorial supervisor of the project to prepare RIA Novosti for the Olympic Games.
RIA Novosti’s Olympic project will involve a total of 240 people, including over 80 reporters and photographers working directly at sports facilities during the Games.
The RIA Novosti Olympic Team passed its first serious test during the London Olympic Games in the summer of 2012. It was the first time in the history of Russian journalism that a group of about 50 professional RIA Novosti journalists was sent to cover the event.
During the London Olympic Games, RIA Novosti journalists were able to test a number of technologies that will be used in Sochi in 2014. Moreover, some RIA Novosti journalists stayed in London to cover the Paralympic Games, as the agency considers efforts to promote the Paralympic movement to be one of its priorities. After the London Olympic Games, the main preparations for the 2014 Games continued at Olympic facilities in Sochi. Cooperation between RIA Novosti journalists during test competitions at a stadium in Sochi and the central office in Moscow was tested. Press photographers worked at local Olympic facilities and onsite photos were made. A software package for the online editing of photos from other locations was also tested.
The coverage of the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, the last major sports event prior to the Sochi Olympic Games, will become the next important stage in preparations for the Olympic Games. While in Kazan, the RIA Novosti Olympic Team plans to work in close cooperation with the Organizing Committee of the World University Games.
The entire RIA Novosti Olympic Team will start working at the RIA Novosti Olympic Newsroom in Moscow on March 15, 2013.
Large-scale coverage of sports events
RIA Novosti plans to provide unprecedentedly broad coverage of the Olympic Games. Traditional media formats, including text news stories, photos, videos and infographics will be used. Innovative options, including 3D format, 360-degree photo panorama format, 360-degree spherical video format and other multimedia formats will also be used. RIA Novosti and R-Sport plan to introduce some innovative sporting coverage formats in line with their entire product range, including text news stories, photos, videos and infographics. RIA Novosti Group websites will implement special interactive projects making it possible to involve the huge audiences of news websites and channels in RIA Novosti’s social networks.
RIA Novosti will enable Russian and foreign users to access over 50,000 news content items, including text news items, photos, videos, infographics and combinations of them, while preparing for and during the Winter Olympics.
RIA Novosti will enable registered Russian media outlets to access a unique photo library, due to be compiled by IOC’s authorized national host agency RIA Novosti during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, free of charge.
RIA Novosti also plans to organize seminars, forums and news conferences on Olympic issues while preparing for and during the Olympic Games. In 2013, two forums for regional journalists will be held. Their participants, including leading Russian and foreign sports journalists, will discuss practical issues of textual news and photo coverage of the Games.
In November 2012, Sochi hosted the Second All-Russian Forum Seminar of Sports Journalists, in which delegates summed up the results of the “Lucky Ticket to Sochi” competition for regional amateur authors. The winner will go to Sochi together with the RIA Novosti Olympic Team and will continue working at the R-Sport Sports News Agency later on.
The semi-finalists are currently undergoing an advanced training course in Moscow. The three best contenders will go to Kazan and cover the 2013 World University Games there. And the winner will go to the Olympic Sochi.
The RIA Novosti Olympic Club will start working at the International Multimedia Press Center on February 13. For accreditation, please visit the pressria.ru website.
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RIA Novosti is historically linked with the Olympic movement. The Main Press Center of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games was located in what is now the RIA Novosti building at 4 Zubovsky Boulevard. The year 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the start of RIA Novosti’s innovation development stage. The RIA Novosti Group currently includes the Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti, R-Sport Sports News Agency, a full-fledged participant in the Olympic program, the Prime Business News Agency, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI), the RIA Rating Agency, the Moskovskiye Novosti Publishing House, which prints two newspapers in Russian and English, a chain of press centers in Russia and abroad, as well as about 40 other divisions of the holding company which are engaged in various projects.