Saturday, October 8, 2011

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about how major media in this country isn’t giving the Occupy Wall Street protesters a fair shake. There’s some truth to that, but consider this: Since the protests began on September 17, iReport has been actively soliciting photos, videos and commentary on the protests. Through those submissions, we’ve been incorporating your voices and media into both CNN broadcasts, and CNN.com articles and interactives.

Last week, we kicked off an Open Story on the protests — a Google Maps-powered interactive that lets you view reports on the protests, pegged to specific locations. Take a look; you might be surprised at how broad and far-reaching these protests have become.

We’ve already gotten an incredibly diverse collection of voices and perspectives on the movement, and the conversation is getting bigger and better every hour, every day. If you’re passionate about these protests, whether for or against, this is an opportunity for you to help shape our network’s coverage of the movement. We’re manning the megaphone, but it’s your voice we’re interested in.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

UnaCalandria says she and her husband took their children to the Albuquerque protest  because they are frustrated to see schools, police, fire departments,  health care face cuts while people in power rake in billions of dollars.  She says she was laid off from her corporate job in 2009 and works as a  freelancer to support her family. “Although we are doing okay, we  sometimes feel like we’re on the edge of a cliff,” she said.

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement has begun to spread beyond the confines of New York City. This past weekend, protest movements inspired by the sit-ins that began on September 17th spread to cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and even Albuquerque, N.M. (Pictured above.)
Take a look at iReport’s continuing coverage of this movement on our map-driven Open Story platform. And if you’ve attended one of these protest marches or sit-ins, share your story with us.

UnaCalandria says she and her husband took their children to the Albuquerque protest because they are frustrated to see schools, police, fire departments, health care face cuts while people in power rake in billions of dollars. She says she was laid off from her corporate job in 2009 and works as a freelancer to support her family. “Although we are doing okay, we sometimes feel like we’re on the edge of a cliff,” she said.

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement has begun to spread beyond the confines of New York City. This past weekend, protest movements inspired by the sit-ins that began on September 17th spread to cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and even Albuquerque, N.M. (Pictured above.)

Take a look at iReport’s continuing coverage of this movement on our map-driven Open Story platform. And if you’ve attended one of these protest marches or sit-ins, share your story with us.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This is a real thing that really happened: Someone tricked-out a motorcycle so that it looks like one of the lightcycles from Tron.

For the past two months, iReport has been running our second-annual Boot Camp program, where we give our users a shot at their own CNN byline. This year’s top contender was Rachel Witte, who wrote and shot this heartfelt story and video on just how much of a struggle it is to be a twentysomething looking for work in this down economy.
Rachel now has a CNN byline in her arsenal, and the current top slot on the CNN homepage. Congratulations are in order for yet another shining example of how iReporters kick ass, and are changing the face of journalism and storytelling.

For the past two months, iReport has been running our second-annual Boot Camp program, where we give our users a shot at their own CNN byline. This year’s top contender was Rachel Witte, who wrote and shot this heartfelt story and video on just how much of a struggle it is to be a twentysomething looking for work in this down economy.

Rachel now has a CNN byline in her arsenal, and the current top slot on the CNN homepage. Congratulations are in order for yet another shining example of how iReporters kick ass, and are changing the face of journalism and storytelling.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CNN iReport || Time-lapse video shows Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis dances in the night skies over Denmark. This stunning time-lapse video was brought to you by Danish iReporter Jesper Grønne.

New Yorkers: Have you been to the Occupy Wall Street protests? CNN wants to hear from you.

New Yorkers: Have you been to the Occupy Wall Street protests? CNN wants to hear from you.


WDAGarner shot these pictures from April to May of 2009, during his twelfth tour  in Afghanistan as part of international private mercenary companies.  ‘After each visit to Afghanistan, I came to love the people,’ he said.  ‘They were the kindest people I’d ever met, and I’ve traveled to 100  different countries on our lovely planet.’

We regularly receive iReports from interesting people all over the world, and some of their stories blow us away. Like this one — a private military contractor who has been on 12 sorties with the Afghan National Police.

WDAGarner shot these pictures from April to May of 2009, during his twelfth tour in Afghanistan as part of international private mercenary companies. ‘After each visit to Afghanistan, I came to love the people,’ he said. ‘They were the kindest people I’d ever met, and I’ve traveled to 100 different countries on our lovely planet.’

We regularly receive iReports from interesting people all over the world, and some of their stories blow us away. Like this one — a private military contractor who has been on 12 sorties with the Afghan National Police.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Rainfall from Hurricane Irene is causing the Hague River in Norfolk, Virginia, to begin to overflow its banks.

Rainfall from Hurricane Irene is causing the Hague River in Norfolk, Virginia, to begin to overflow its banks.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CNN iReport || Earthquake in South Jersey

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake has just rocked the East Coast. Michael Caposole from Williamstown, New Jersey, had his video camera on-hand the moment the quake struck: “I thought I was dizzy and it took a couple of seconds to notice the lights moving,” he said.

Saturday, August 20, 2011 Friday, August 19, 2011
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing of the U.K. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, today. The attacks occurred on Afghanistan’s Independence Day, marking the country’s 92nd year of independence from the British Empire. iReporter ekhlass was on the scene:

'It was 5:40 when a very strong explosion shook my house and woke me  up,' he said. He went up to his roof immediately to take these shots.  'The Taliban claimed credit for the attack, and the reason they say was  “we have defeated Britain in 1919, this attack is to refresh the  defeat.”'

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing of the U.K. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, today. The attacks occurred on Afghanistan’s Independence Day, marking the country’s 92nd year of independence from the British Empire. iReporter ekhlass was on the scene:

'It was 5:40 when a very strong explosion shook my house and woke me up,' he said. He went up to his roof immediately to take these shots. 'The Taliban claimed credit for the attack, and the reason they say was “we have defeated Britain in 1919, this attack is to refresh the defeat.”'

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
CNN iReport || Joplin, MO, getting back into a school routine
Joplin, Missouri, may have disappeared from the headlines, but the community is still struggling with the aftermath of a devastating tornado that struck the town on May 22:

The first photo shows the building where Joplin High School students began their school year on August 17, 2011. darseephoto says, ‘Around the school there was  total devastation and loss. The yard around the school almost resembled a  desert after even the grass was ripped out of the ground.’

CNN iReport || Joplin, MO, getting back into a school routine

Joplin, Missouri, may have disappeared from the headlines, but the community is still struggling with the aftermath of a devastating tornado that struck the town on May 22:

The first photo shows the building where Joplin High School students began their school year on August 17, 2011. darseephoto says, ‘Around the school there was total devastation and loss. The yard around the school almost resembled a desert after even the grass was ripped out of the ground.’

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CNN is sitting down with President Obama — Submit your questions!

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is sitting down with President Barack Obama for a one-on-one interview today and we want you to be part of the conversation. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to know about where the president stands on a certain issue? Upload your question to CNN iReport!

Fire up your camera and record your video question of 30 seconds of less for Obama. One of the questions could be asked during Wolf’s interview on The Situation Room.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
CNN iReport || Peacock threatens to jump in NYC
So, this definitely happened.

CNN iReport || Peacock threatens to jump in NYC

So, this definitely happened.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CNN iReport is looking for a fall intern

It’s that time again! We’re looking for a fall intern to join our team at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The full-time, paid internship lasts about 12 weeks and is open to college students currently enrolled in school. Course credit is available, and preference is given to candidates who have previously contributed to CNN iReport.

One lucky intern will work with iReport’s editorial team helping lead CNN’s user-generated news content, participatory media, and community efforts. In addition to vetting iReports, producing content, and helping with brainstorming and editorial planning, interns will also have the opportunity to learn from a host of CNN professionals across platforms.

Know someone who loves social media, user-participation, and wants to be part of a team that’s changing the way CNN covers news? Send ‘em our way!