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I write for a website. How do I apply for accreditation?

The accreditation process is the same for all press organizations, whether traditional printed media or online.

How can a radio or television broadcaster apply for accreditation for the 2010 Winter Games?

A small number of non-rights holding radio and/or television broadcast journalists will receive accreditation in the “ENR” press category in order to cover the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a news event.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is directly responsible for the allocation of all ENR accreditations, which are not included in each National Olympic Committee’s quota. More information about the application process and the news access rules are available at www.olympic.org. The deadline to apply for ENR accreditation was November 30, 2008.

Press with an ENR credential will have access to the Main Press Centre (MPC). At the competition venues, ENRs will have access to venue media centres, press tribunes and mixed zones but may not bring in any camera equipment, recording devices or other technical equipment.

Non-rights-holding radio and/or television broadcasters can apply for ENR accreditation for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games through the International Paralympic Committee’s media accreditation page.

I’d like to be added to your news release distribution list. How can I do that?

Just send an e-mail to our Media Relations department let us know if you’d prefer to receive English or French releases, the media outlet you represent and your contact details and we’ll be pleased to include you on our list.

How do I apply for accreditation to cover the Games as a member of the press?

The press accreditation process for the Olympic Winter Games is now closed.

The written and photographic press, including technicians, support staff and non-rights holding radio and television personnel, are accredited to the Olympic Games under the generic category “E.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) established the press accreditation quotas for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and has informed each participating National Olympic Committee about its press accreditation allocation. Each NOC is solely responsible for the allocation of its press accreditation quota within its territory, in accordance with IOC guidelines.

The press accreditation process for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games is currently open. All members of the written and photographic press are encouraged to contact their National Paralympic Committee to express their interest in becoming accredited for the Paralympic Winter Games. For more information on Paralympic press accreditation, visit the International Paralympic Committee’s media accreditation page.

How do I schedule an interview with a VANOC spokesperson?

Please contact our Media Relations department and let us know the media outlet you represent, your deadline and as much information as you can on the topic in which you are interested.

Can you send me some general information on the 2010 Winter Games?

For all general questions, we encourage you to review Information 2010 which provides an excellent overview on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. You might also like to sign up to receive one of our regular e-mail updates about key Games topics or subscribe to our news release RSS feed.

I’d like to visit Vancouver and Whistler. Can you provide transportation and accommodation?

While we are delighted with the amount of interest that media from across the world have shown in the 2010 Winter Games, unfortunately we are not able to assist with these costs. If you do visit the province and are working on a story on the Games, we will be pleased to provide information and schedule interviews with VANOC spokespeople where possible.

I successfully registered in advance to cover the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay — does my registration include access to the 2010 Winter Games competition venues?

No. Your torch relay media pass will only give you access to media zones at the torch relay Celebration Sites, not to 2010 Winter Games venues. Your pass will expire on February 12. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is not responsible for the accreditation of both domestic and international media to the Games. The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) look after this. Deadlines have passed, but you can contact your NOC to inquire if they have a waiting list.

How can I get a full list of the torchbearers that are running in my community?

VANOC will post the list of daily torchbearers 36h in advance of their scheduled day of run on FLAME. We are unable to share a list before that to ensure accuracy of information. To find out more about FLAME, consult this FAQ.

Where can I find a list of all the notable torchbearers taking part in the relay?

We will announce the notable torchbearers taking part in the relay as soon as possible on our website FLAME to help media plan ahead. For more information on Olympian torchbearers that are already announced, visit www.olympic.ca

What is FLAME?

FLAME is the torch relay digital asset management system that was built specifically for media. It includes a variety of editorial pieces, media-ready photography and web quality video from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. FLAME will also include media highlight sheets that outline the daily media-worthy details such as notable torchbearers, celebration locations, and operations’ timing and statistics.

FLAME will be live by mid-October and a link to access it will be available in the media centre on vancouver2010.com. To access it you will need a username and password. If you registered in advance for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, you will receive your username and password by email around mid-October. If you did not register in advance, you will be able to register directly on the FLAME website homepage in mid-October.

I would like to get more technical details about the Torch Relay’s visit in my community (ie. can my outlet bring a satellite truck at a celebration site, what does the relay convoy look like, where will the media zones be situated, etc.), where can I get those?

There will be a local media briefing in every celebration community approximately 48 hours prior to the event. We strongly encourage you to attend the briefing which will provide you with a wide range of important technical and editorial information that you can use to help plan your coverage and develop your stories. The exact time and location will be communicated to you in an advisory on the news wire a few days prior to the briefing.  

You can also sign-up for FLAME, the torch relay digital asset management system that was built specifically for media. It includes a variety of editorial pieces, media-ready photography and web quality video from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. FLAME will also include media highlight sheets that outline the daily media-worthy details such as notable torchbearers, celebration locations, and operations’ timing and statistics.

FLAME will be live by mid-October and a link to access it will be available in the media centre on vancouver2010.com. To access it you will need a username and password. If you registered in advance for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, you will receive your username and password by email around mid-October. If you did not register in advance, you will be able to register directly on the FLAME website homepage in mid-October.

Will there be filing rooms available at Celebrations Sites?

We cannot guarantee filing rooms at each of the celebration communities. We recommend that you carry the appropriate technology to file your stories on site, in your vehicle, in your hotel room, or, if you are part of the local media, back at your office.

Will you be doing regular satellite feeds during the relay?

The timing and frequency of satellite transmissions will vary according to location and day. Satellite transmissions will be sent out during the Olympic Torch Relay on a regular basis containing b-roll and interviews. If you wish to receive satellite coordinates, please e-mail us at media@torchrelay.vancouver2010.com to be included in the distribution list.

What is the process to interview torchbearers on the day of their run?

The torchbearers are the heart and the soul of the torch relay and they will each have extraordinary stories to tell. During torchbearers’ participation in the relay, media will not have access to interview them. The best place to interview the torchbearers will be after their run. As they are all invited to enjoy community celebrations, this will be an ideal location for torchbearer interviews. They will be easily identifiable in their white uniforms.

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