WSJ Covers The Olympics On The Cheap With Homemade Highlights YouTube Series

By Megan O'Neill 

“NBC paid over $1 billion to broadcast the Olympics.  The Wall Street Journal paid…less.”  That’s how the WSJ describes their DIY-style homemade Olympic highlights series, “Homemade Highlights.”

The kitschy style of “Homemade Highlights” is surprising, especially coming from the Wall Street Journal, but that’s what makes it so awesome.  Glue, construction paper, pipe cleaners, clothespins, pompoms and little cutouts of Olympians’ faces are used to recap some of the highlights of the 2012 London Games.

If you’ve watched any of the NBC coverage you’ve probably noticed all the copyright notices letting viewers know that the Olympic footage can not be used in any way without the express permission of the Olympic committee.  The WSJ certainly found an interesting work-around.

The first Homemade Highlights clip went up on August 1, telling the story of how eight badminton players were disqualified from the games last Wednesday:

Missy Franklin and Gabby Douglas’ successes were also re-enacted by WSJ’s Homemade Highlights.  Check out the videos below and let us know what you think!  Pretty fun, eh?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.