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On 23rd – 24th July Weymouth hosted their Olympic Open Weekend as part of the Cultural Olympiad and in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Funded by University of Bath and in collaboration with RELAYS Watershed Bristol, Weymouth College and #media2012 I have just completed a pilot study on young people and citizen journalism. A number of local young people underwent training with David Goldblatt to become citizen journalists to report on the weekend’s activities, highlighting important issues and documenting the cultural activities.   The young people involved in this project have all done a fantastic job of interviewing, photographing, videoing and blogging topical issues connected to Weymouth’s involvement in the 2012 Olympic Games using smart phone technology.  Well done and thank you to all involved! Please do feel free to comment on any of the posts on the blog.

This project has been made possible by a number of people and organisations.

Funding for the project was provided by Univerity of Bath and the research strand led by Dr Emma Rich

The project is part of a larger network #media2012 you can follow this on twitter, facebook or visit the website

The project has been undertaken in collaboration with  RELAYS at Watershed and the process will be repeated repeated over the forthcoming year with the aim of another visit to Weymouth during next year’s London 2012 Olympic sailing. RELAYS at Watershed is Watershed’s contribution to the region wide RELAYS project. RELAYS is an ambitious, innovative and flexible programme of linked cultural and sporting opportunities across the South West which marks one of the regions contributions to the forthcoming 2012 Olympiad in London. Watershed is one of three venues contributing cultural activity to the RELAYS celebrations. A thanks to Liz Milner for all her hard work on this project.

Support at the event was also provided by Mathew Swindells, RELAYS colleague from UWE and artist Kerri O’Connell.

Many thanks also to Tim Abberley from Weymouth College and Alan Rogers, Arts Development Officer, Weymouth and Portland and Richard Crowe, London 2012 creative programmer south west for making this project possible.

Many thanks to all of those involved with the Olympic Open Weekend – technicians, students, members of the public, artists, organisers.

If you want to find out more about this project, please email me – E.Rich@bath.ac.uk Please visit the blog here

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