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Pretty much all the news you've watched, read, or looked at from the Olympics comes out of two buildings here… the IBC (International Broadcast Center) and MPC (Main Press Center). Every video feed from every venue around the city is being fed simultaneously, in real-time, into the IBC where the various networks from around the world have set up camp. They all have access to the same feeds, and cut and edit at-will. Meanwhile the MPC is for the photographers and journalists. There are huge rooms set up with hundreds of computers, as well as laptop stations for those carrying their own. They all have high speed internet, so the journalists can edit their photos, write their stories, and get it all out to their respective publications. Larger organizations, like the AP or USA Today, have their own dedicated rooms spread throughout the multi-story building.


The MPC is practically a small city. There's a large, international cafeteria along with a McDonald's and McCafé, a general store, a gift shop, copy shop, UPS Express shipping center, and more. Kodak provides printing services (along with film developing services for anyone shooting film… yes, it happens!), and both Nikon and Canon are loaning gear by the metric ton.


Here's a few photos from around the MPC so you can see, during the Olympics, where journalism comes from. These are made during a quiet time; after a big match the place would be packed to the brim.



The main hall in the MPC.


The main hall in the MPC.





Nikon (and Canon) are loaning gear to the photographers.



Nikon (and Canon) are loaning gear to the photographers.



Several rooms like these are open for anyone with a laptop to plug in and work.


Several rooms like these are open for anyone with a laptop to plug in and work.



Panasonic put a massive plasma TV in the lobby.


Panasonic put a massive plasma TV in the lobby.

100"? I dunno but it's bigger than mine!



The general store, for everything from aspirin to zip ties, and the oft-needed beer!


The general store, for everything from aspirin to zip ties, and the oft-needed beer!



A map of the MPC. See, it's big!


A map of the MPC. See, it's big!



The UPS Express store.


The UPS Express store.



McCafé, the only place for a drinkable latte (sold as a 'flat white', surprisingly enough)


McCafé, the only place for a drinkable latte (sold as a 'flat white', surprisingly enough)



McDonald's. 'Nuff said.


McDonald's. 'Nuff said.



The big international food cafeteria. Some decent food to be had here.


The big international food cafeteria. Some decent food to be had here.



And the cafeteria seating. As you can see… room for a LOT of people.


And the cafeteria seating. As you can see… room for a LOT of people.


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