Citizen Relay: Follow Olympic Torch journey live online

As Scotland welcomes the Olympic torch relay a unique multi-media project is tracking the torch throughout its journey.

The #citizenrelay project involves a team of specially trained ‘citizen reporters’ joining forces with volunteers from local community media organisations to capture the story of the Olympic torch as it travels first through South West Scotland to Glasgow and beyond.

They are using an array of multi-media tools to capture audio, photos, and video from the once-in-a-lifetime event for social reporting.

All the material produced is being gathered together on a dedicated website set up especially for the project and shared with the world using the hashtag #citizenrelay on Twitter.

Around 30 volunteer reporters are involved in addition to whole classes of school children in some places, covering the event.

Organisers also hope that people who live along the Olympic torch route will be inspired to join in with the project and share their stories about the torch relay too.

There are high hopes that the project could uncover some big stories that the larger media firms may miss.

The torch, in Scotland for the first time, will be in Glasgow On Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 after traveling north from Stranraer.

There will be a city celebration in George Square that will see platinum selling singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle, Scot Emeli Sandé and rockers General Fiasco entertain locals.

Citizen Relay is the brainchild of Glasgow based Dr David McGillivray and Jennifer Jones from the University of the West of Scotland.

In the run up to the event they’ve been working hard to get the project volunteers organised so that as much of the route is covered as possible.

Dr McGillivray said: “The #citizenrelay project is hugely important as it gives those people not normally considered part of the media the chance to play an active role in reporting the events surrounding the Olympic Torch Relay.

“This week we’ve been trying to get our reporters into certain places so that we know we’ve got people in some of the smaller villages and towns.”

“Camglen radio are going to have a whole media centre set-up in Rutherglen, and we’re working with Duncanrig Secondary School in East Kilbride.

“SWAMP – The South West Arts and Media Partnership – who are based in Pollock are going to be reporting alongside Pulse Radio from Barrhead and some of our own citizen reporters in Glasgow.”

“I think this tells us a bit about the kind of collaboration we’ve got there because all of these people will be generating content for their own benefit, but they’ll also be sharing it with the citizen relay website”

Dr McGillivray and Ms Jones will follow the torch around Scotland in a special project bus that will also provide support to the citizen reporters along the route.

After Glasgow the torch heads for Orkney and Shetland on Sunday, Stornoway to Aberdeen on Monday, Aberdeen to Dundee on Tuesday, St Andrew's to Edinburgh the following day before ending in Berwick on Thursday ahead of the next leg of the tour.

Get live updates from the #citizenrelay Olympic Torch reporters as they happen in our live blog below.

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