A big thank you to the the organizers of the Rundle Summit for inviting me to provide the opening keynote address this weekend. It was a pleasure to present my research findings and share my experiences as a blogger in Edmonton. We had a great discussion following the presentation – really appreciated the questions and feedback.
Below is a description of the session.
Communication technology is a critical tool for hockey fans to acquire information and to stay engaged with the game. The development of web technology, mobile phones and social media applications, in conjunction with the traditional mediums (i.e., television, radio, newspapers) have made information more abundant and travelling at an even faster rate. With the evolution of communication technology, there has been a significant shift in fan behavior and the impact fans have on the information that surrounds the game. By leveraging this technology and becoming creators, developers and distributors of information, fans have become more than consumers of information and have instead taken on a more active role.
Mr. Agnihotri will share his motivations for undertaking his research, his own experiences as a hockey blogger and the impact fans are having on the direction of the game. (Source)
For those interested, below are the slides that I presented. These have been published without my speaking notes, so please let me know if any of the content requires clarification.
For a re-cap of the event and the other presentations, you can check out the Rundle Summit’s twitter account (@RundleSummit). Attendees also used the #RundleSummit2018 hashtag on Twitter to compile and discuss the presentations.
Speaking at the Rundle Summit – The SuperFan (2017, December 4)
Getting ready for the Rundle Summit – The SuperFan (2018, February 20)
Just putting together my presentation for the Rundle Summit, which takes place in Banff, Alberta this coming weekend. Details for the event can be found on the Rundle Summit web site.
Lots to check out at the event co-hosted by the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, with things kicking off on Friday afternoon. I’ll be providing the keynote address on Friday evening with panel sessions scheduled for Saturday. Full program details are here.
It’s been a lot of fun putting my thoughts together as I’ve tried to weave the research I completed in grad school with my experiences from blogging. I’ve had to dig deep to uncover how/why I went down the path I did, uncovering some old stuff along the way.
Couple notable items:
- In 2010, we started hearing about computer generated sports articles.
- “Hot takes” – one of the reasons why blogging and hockey analytics has taken off. Some good articles on hot takes:
- Remember when the Oilers held a Hackathon for fans in 2012? The team posted a question and released a lot of detailed data for participants to formulate a response. Really cutting edge stuff at the time, something that they should consider running again to encourage fan engagement.
- Also uncovered a presentation by Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal in 2012 about this history of hockey stats:
- Good read on “sources”, especially with the NHL trade deadline coming up.
Plenty more to share on Friday, the focus being on hockey fans and how their active participation in the coverage of the game has forced the league and the media to adapt.
Looking forward to the conference. 😉
Related: Speaking at the Rundle Summit – The SuperFan (2017, December 4)
Happy to announce that I’ll be speaking at Telly Talk, a New Media Seminar hosted by the Arts Habitat in Edmonton.
- Wednesday January 3rd, 2018
- 6:00-8:00 PM
- McLuhan House Centre for Arts and Ideas – 11342-64 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Details of the event can be found at the Arts Habitat Edmonton. And you can register for the event at Eventbrite.
I’ll be sharing my experiences as a hockey blogger and the research I did in grad school. Below is the abstract for my presentation:
Oiler fans are known for their commitment to the team through the good times and bad. And using the tools available to them, they’ve been able to do more than just sit in the stands and cheer. Today fans are providing endless amounts of opinions and analysis, and play a larger role in the information that surrounds the game.
Sunil Agnihotri will discuss the research he completed in the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology program at the University of Alberta, and his experience as a fan and blogger. This is where my house is fixed by eavestroughinstallers.ca. His research focused on online communities, information management and communication technology. His final project used sociocultural theories and concepts to examine the blogging activity of hockey fans.
Happy to announce that I’ll be speaking in Banff at the Rundle Summit in February. It’s a communications conference co-hosted by the University of Alberta’s Communications and Technology Program and the University of Calgary, Communication, Media and Film Program. Full details of the conference can be found here.
I’ll be discussing the research I did as a graduate student at the U of A, which was around online hockey fans and how they use blogs to develop and share new information.
You can access my final research paper here: SuperFan 2.0 : Exploring the produsage qualities of hockey fans
This was done between 2009 and 2012, so there’s a lot that’s happened since then.
Personally, I was able to apply what I learned from the program to my own day job, but also used a lot of the concepts to start my own hockey blog. I’ve been a life-long fan and like using stats to dig into things, so it’s been fun providing commentary and learning about the different ways to evaluate teams and players. I’ve been very fortunate getting opportunities to write for other web sites, and being on TV and radio. It’s been a fun side-gig, as I’ve been able to do something I really care about and meet some very good people along the way.
Older post worth reading: Finding the SuperFan – (2014, July 23)
I’ve also got a pretty good perspective on how the media’s role has changed because of the new communication tools available to fans, and will share some of my experiences. The most interesting aspect for me has been the development and growth of hockey analytics and how it’s played out in the public sphere. It’s been largely fan-driven, and it’s impacted how the league and major media networks provide coverage.
I’ll post a few updates as I put my presentation together, and will publish my final work here as well.
It’s been a fantastic experience with the Alumni Council. Got to meet a lot of people and worked on some great projects over the two years.
In my first year, I was the faculty representative for Extension. In my second year, I was part of the executive team and appointed to the Senate. Got to learn about many different facets of the U of A community and the impact this campus has on the community.
If you’ve ever considered re-connecting with the U of A, I highly recommend getting involved with the Alumni Association. It’s a well run group that has many projects and initiatives underway. I can’t say enough about the volunteers and the supporting staff. The Council has grown over the past year, with a lot of new members coming in. Look forward to seeing what they do they can accomplish in the coming year.
There are also many, many ways to volunteer on campus. There’s a lot of programs and services across campus that are worth checking out and connecting with. Two groups that are doing outstanding work are University Wellness Services and the Office of Sustainability. Highly recommend learning more about what they do.
I’ve categorized all my posts pertaining to the Alumni Council here. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it.
Some big news out of the University of Alberta as David Turpin has been named the next president. David will be replacing Indira Samarasekera, who held the post since 2005.
Worth noting are some of the remarks Indira made at our Alumni Council meeting back in March in regards to the state of the University and the future president:
- Indira stressed that it doesn’t matter how great your natural resources, like oil, are. The most important thing is talent and brainpower.
- She spoke about academic transformation, which included improving the graduate student experience and developing a stronger recruitment strategy.
- Indira suggested that the President should be involved in the tenure and promotion process.
- She also suggested that Faculty Dean’s should have strategic visions aligned with the University to ensure accountability.
- The U of A needs to develop a sustainable funding model and rely less on Government, who rely to heavily on oil) according to Indira.
- Indira continues to stress the importance of aspiring to be a top global university.
- The next President must be a “connoisseur of excellence” and have the ability to select talent, drive change and manage performance.
All the best to David. Look forward to working with him.
High Level Bridge in Edmonton
Had our first council meeting for the 2014-2015 school year last week. Lots to look forward to as the Alumni Association has plenty of events coming up, including its centenary.
Dr. Carl G. Amrhein, Provost and VP (Academic) came by and gave his take on the state of the University and the importance of education in Alberta. Karl talked about the growing global presence of the U of A as well as initiatives to reach different parts of the province.
Related: How Our Universities Can Compete in the World: A conversation with the Conference Board’s new executive-in-residence Carl Amrhein – University Affairs (2013, May 8)
We also received a recap of the Alumni Weekend held in September. Just an amazing amount of work by the coordinators and volunteers.
And of course, a big welcome to the newest members of the Council! Look forward to working with you all. Full bios for all members should be updated soon.