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.
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.
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.
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.
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!