Michelle Obama answering iReport questions during China trip »

First lady Michelle Obama has embarked on a week-long trip to China, where she will speak with students at several schools about the importance of education, youth empowerment and the benefits of studying abroad.

 

On Saturday, she’ll sit down to answer several CNN iReport video questions in an exclusive interview. Students, teachers, parents and other iReporters from across the world sent in more than 300 questions for the first lady along with personal stories about studying abroad.

 

This is the second iReport Interview with the first lady. The first one, filmed in 2012, was pegged to her Let's Move initiative.

 

UPDATE: You asked, and she answered. See which questions made the final cut and watch Obama's answers. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions -- it was a wonderful response!

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katie
// March 21, 2014
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A new chapter for CNN iReport »

We're in the midst of an exciting time here at CNN iReport. Last year we discovered the power of the personal essay, with countless compelling stories written by you, our talented community; we produced more iReport content for CNN Digital than ever before, including in-depth investigative stories that you first alerted us to; and we experimented with new methods of real-time audience interaction, including Google Hangouts on a variety of fascinating topics.

 

Of course, with growth comes change. After many discussions and careful consideration, we've decided to not host the CNN iReport Awards this year. We launched the Awards back in 2011 as a way to celebrate citizen journalism and honor our community's contributions. Since that time, we have honored dozens of impressive iReporters and have shown the world that iReport encompasses not only breaking news, but also commentary, interviews, personal stories, photo essays, original reporting, and in-depth storytelling.

 

The iReport Awards have been a labor of love over the years. Not hosting the Awards this year will allow our small but mighty team to produce even more compelling stories and fun projects with our community; to stay on top of the latest news and trends; and, most importantly, to work towards exciting and much-needed technical improvements to the site. We’ve got some exciting stuff planned for the year ahead, and look forward to sharing it with you all.

 

Thank you to all of you who are members of the amazing iReport community, and congratulations again to all of our past Awards recipients and nominees.  You have helped build a worldwide network of creative, curious and smart people who have shown time and again that news stories affect all of us. We are so excited to continue sharing and telling your stories, in bigger and better ways than ever before.

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katie
// March 3, 2014
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Meet Maggie, our spring intern »

 

We’re excited to introduce you to a new member of the iReport crew! Our spring intern, Maggie Blaha, left snowy New Jersey for sunny Atlanta, or so she thought.

 

During this week’s rare snow and ice, Maggie has already been busy contributing to our breaking news coverage. We asked her to write a little bit about herself now that things are thawing out. iReport community, meet Maggie:

 

Hi! I'm Maggie, and I'm very excited to be joining the iReport Team this spring. I am a graduate student in Concordia University's Master of International Studies program, and I have completed most of my coursework in China. Living in China was an eye-opening experience but not one I would care to relive. It did give me a lot to write about, though.

 

I guess I could best be described as a romantic hipster. I like being poor and traveling and doing what I want. I'm one of those people who thinks she was born in the wrong decade, which explains my distaste for ebooks, love of record players and unhealthy obsession with “Downton Abbey.” I have my heart set on becoming a journalist and am looking forward to learning all I can from Team iReport.

 

Say hello to Maggie in the comments below! We’re thrilled to have her as part of the team.

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zdan
// January 31, 2014
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You're in Travel + Leisure — again! »

 

Remember when we asked you for your best travel tips a few months ago? Good news! Ten of them made it into this month's Travel + Leisure as part of the 100 Ways to Travel Better special.

 

We partnered with Travel + Leisure's editors to pick 10 indispensable travel secrets from among the more than 200 you submitted. From how to pack your suitcase to avoiding lines at popular sights, they're sure to prove critical to your next journey.

 

To see all 10 iReporter tips, pick up the December issue of Travel + Leisure or have a look at the online gallery. You can also view all 100 Ways to Travel Better, or look back on the last time iReporters were featured in the magazine for 100 Places to Eat Like a Local.

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rachel8
// December 12, 2013
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Team iReport remembers Rick Huffman »

 

 

It's with heavy hearts that we share the news that Rick Huffman, a CNN iReport Award recipient and longtime contributor, died on Sunday, in St. Joseph, Michigan. He was 64.

 

Many of you knew him as Logan248, the ex-military ex-law enforcement iReporter who wasn’t afraid to share his views on the issues of the day, and discussed everything under the sun with his friends in the iReport community.

 

Back in May, Huffman received an iReport Award for a video he filmed about a year ago, in response to the deadly shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. A longtime NRA member, he cut up his card on camera in tribute to those lost.

 

Huffman also actively posted commentary during the 2012 presidential campaign, taking part in that year’s iReport Debate.

 

Unfortunately, Huffman informed us in October that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer and didn’t have much longer to live. According to The Herald-Palladium, he passed away at home on December 1, with his wife by his side.

 

Team iReport extends our thoughts and condolences to Huffman’s friends and family, and to those of you who knew him in the iReport community. Thank you for all you contributed to iReport, Rick. You'll be greatly missed.

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hhanks
// December 4, 2013
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Team iReport is looking for a summer 2014 intern »

 

Calling all young, eager journalists! Are you a college student who’s been dreaming of working at CNN iReport? You’re in luck. We’re looking for an intern to join our team at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer.

 

This full-time, paid experience lasts about 12 weeks, from early June to the beginning of August, and is open to college students currently enrolled in school. Course credit is available, and preference is given to students who have previously contributed to CNN iReport.

 

The CNN iReport intern is a valuable member of our editorial team. In addition to vetting iReports, writing stories, producing galleries, and joining in brainstorming and editorial planning, interns will also have the opportunity to learn from a host of CNN professionals in various departments.

 

Sound exciting? Click here for more details and to formally apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, January 6.

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zdan
// November 27, 2013
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Login problems with iPhone app -- Fixed »

Update: This problem has been fixed!

 

Good news! The new version of the CNN iPhone app corrected the login problem some users have been having. We tested it out today and everything is working properly. The update is available now.

 

One new thing you need to know about the app is that iReport is now located in the "This is CNN" section in the navigation menu.

 

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing your iReports while you're on the move.

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We heard recently that some people are having trouble posting iReports from the CNN iPhone app, so we asked our developers to take a look at the problem.

 

It turns out that there is something wrong with the login process, so you'll get an error message when you try to log in to your iReport account or create a new account.

 

We know it’s a pain in the neck, so we’re working on an update to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

 

The good news is, there is a workaround so you can still share stories from your iPhone. After you select your photo or video in the app, you’ll get an option to submit your iReport through your user account or as a guest. If you submit as a guest, you can bypass the whole login problem and your iReport will post as unclaimed. Once it posts, you can email your user name and a link to your report to claim@iReport.com and we'll add it to your account.

 

We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will let you know when the updated app is available.

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// October 21, 2013
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Meet Cydney, our fall intern »

 

We’ve got a new face on the iReport team! Cydney Fisher is our fall intern and we’re delighted to have her working with us.

 

Cydney joined the site in 2012 and has been an active iReporter since then. We asked her to pen a short bio introducing herself to the community:

 

I am a senior majoring in Comparative Women’s Studies at Spelman College. Finding the journalism world quite intriguing, I am soaking up all I can to prepare myself for a career in journalism. I try to be a versatile one-woman journalist, and have delved into anchoring and reporting as well as some behind the scenes work as a cinematographer for the local student run station, Tiger Television, at Morehouse College, our brother school next door.

 

But, my real passion is photography. I currently serve as the photography editor for the Maroon Tiger Newspaper at Morehouse College, and I’m the only student photographer for the Office of Student Life. Previously, I was a photography fellow for non-profit organization Outdoor Nation. In my free time, I have made it my mission to document the world around me with my camera. I am super excited to be an iReport intern, and am eager to learn as much as I can about all things CNN.

 

Be sure to say hello to Cydney! If you’re lucky, you may just get a call from her asking about your iReport.

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zdan
// October 1, 2013
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Team iReport is looking for a spring 2014 intern  »

Are you a college student waiting to dive into the world of CNN iReport? Today’s your lucky day. We’re looking for an intern to join our team at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, this spring.

This full-time, paid experience lasts about 12 weeks, from late January to early April, and is open to college students currently enrolled in school. Course credit is available, and preference is given to students who have previously contributed to CNN iReport.

The CNN iReport intern is a valuable member of our editorial team. In addition to vetting iReports, writing stories, producing galleries, and joining in brainstorming and editorial planning, interns will also have the opportunity to learn from a host of CNN professionals in various departments.

Sound like your dream job? Click here for more details and to formally apply. The deadline for applications is Sunday, October 27.

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Jareen
// September 27, 2013
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‘Marcus Harun Reports’ and lands a network news anchor »


He first got our attention in a big way when he parodied “The Situation Room,” flawlessly recreating the set from the comfort of his basement back in 2008.

 

Now, at the age of 21, Marcus Harun is hosting is own professional-quality online news show. In the first episode of his monthly iReport web series “Marcus Harun Reports,” he recently posted an interview with former ABC News anchor Charles Gibson, reflecting on how the world has changed since 9/11.

 

“With iReport, you have a power that I haven’t found anywhere else. You’re doing reporting, but you can actually get an audience to see it. I’ve missed posting there regularly so I wanted to do a show throughout my senior year of college before I graduate,” he said.

 

Harun sure has come a long way since that parody of Wolf Blitzer's CNN show, which he produced as a book report on "Lord of the Flies" while in high school.

 

After we were blown away by that first video, Harun became a frequent contributor to CNN iReport. He ended 2008 the way he began it, this time spoofing “Anderson Cooper 360” as “Marcus Harun 360.” The host, the correspondents and the guests? All of them were played by Marcus Harun. Anderson Cooper and crew were so impressed that they featured him on air as “The Shot” that week.

 

Through blizzards and election days, Harun continued to share the news from Hamden, Connecticut and his views on what was happening around the world.

 

This past election year, he shared his thoughts on the campaign as an undecided voter, complete with professional graphics and backdrop, looking more and more like the anchor he aspires to be.

 

“I think iReport is such a great place for citizen journalists to be able to thrive. With this show, I hope to be able to feature other iReporters’ work, get their opinions on topics in the news,” he said.

 

Congratulations on a fantastic pilot, Marcus! We can't wait to see the next episode.

 

Follow Marcus’ latest exploits here and check out his interview with Gibson.

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hhanks
// September 13, 2013
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Roundtable: Everyday racism »

To mark the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we hosted a Google Hangout last Thursday to discuss race relations in America. We were delighted to have diversity consultant and veteran iReporter Omekongo Dibinga and Brown University Professor of Africana Studies Tricia Rose join us for what was a frank and enlightening discussion.

 

 

The video chat was part of our Everyday Racism project. You can check out the full interactive and explore the hundreds of submissions we received.

 

Thank you to all of you who shared personal stories and asked great questions during the Google Hangout. For those who weren’t able to catch the live roundtable, we encourage you to watch the video below and post your comments here on the blog. We look forward to keeping the conversation going.

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hhanks
// September 5, 2013
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Roundtable: Verifying user-generated content »

Have you ever wondered how CNN verifies the constant flow of information, images and video on social media and iReport to get them on air and online? If so, you’re in luck.

In our August roundtable, CNN iReport’s senior producer, Katie Hawkins-Gaar and CNN Digital News editor Justin Lear discuss how CNN sorts through what’s real and what’s not -- including the back story on one of the most incredible iReports of 2012.

How can you tell if a photo is real or manipulated? What technology is used to determine authenticity? What kind of questions do we ask during the vetting process? We cover all of these topics and more. Watch the video below.

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hhanks
// August 6, 2013
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How to get a CNN byline: We're taking your questions! »

 

[Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET] Thanks for coming to the hangout! Here's the archives of the discussion. Thanks to all who participated, especially Jack Barr and Jan Winburn.

Ever wanted to write for CNN? Richard Lucas has. He wrote a personal essay about his battle with anxiety.

 

Tracy Scarpulla has too. She wrote about her changing views on gun control.

 

Both Lucas and Scarpulla’s stories started off as iReports, and soon their essays were run on CNN.com with a byline.

 

If you’ve always wanted to know what it takes to write for CNN, this is your chance - you can post essays to our assignment!

 

We’ll be holding a Google Hangout on Tuesday, July 16 at 3 p.m. ET with CNN Digital Enterprise Editor Jan Winburn, and a special guest iReporter.

 

What separates personal essays from other writing? What do all of the iReport essays published so far have in common, and what does CNN look for in a writer? Find out Tuesday.

 

Winburn will be sharing a few tips on what CNN is looking for in personal essays, and as always, we’ll be taking your questions. Post them here on the blog, or you can tweet us your question using "#cnnessays."

 

We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday! Once again, click here at the appointed time to watch.

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hhanks
// July 9, 2013
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Journey to the Rio Grande Valley »

Texas is a big state. And though Houston and the Rio Grande Valley are both within its borders, major differences exist in terms of opportunity and culture. Houston teacher Pegah Javidpour led a group of high school students on a learning and community service trip to the Rio Grande Valley near the Mexican border last month. The students volunteered through local non-profits and met with people in the community, which contains a large population of migrant farm workers. They also filed iReports about their experiences.

 

"We first started with the students doing a photography project to capture their experience," explained Javidpour. "But in 2012, we expanded to the students writing iReports to post on CNN about their experience and an issue that they are thinking about as a result of the trip." She found out about iReport through a colleague whose brother works for CNN.

 

We think it's pretty great that the students are sharing their thoughts and observations from the trip with the world, from talking immigration with the U.S. Border Patrol to working alongside migrant farm workers. And we're also thrilled that iReport gave them a chance to sharpen their writing skills and express themselves. You can check out all of their submissions here.

 

Thanks to all the students who shared their stories with us! If you're a Texas student who'd like to find out more about the program, it's part of a partnership between KIPP Houston public charter schools and B.R.I.D.G.E., a nonprofit organization that supports the children of migrant workers. And if your school is working on a project that you'd like to share with CNN, be sure to check out our student voices section!

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rachel8
// July 5, 2013
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Team iReport is looking for a fall 2013 intern »

Calling all young, aspiring journalists! Are you a college student hungry for a piece of CNN iReport pie? You’re in luck because we’re looking for one lucky intern to join our team at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, this fall.

 

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

 

The CNN iReport intern is a valuable member of our editorial team. In addition to vetting iReports, writing stories, producing galleries, and joining in brainstorming and editorial planning, interns will also have the opportunity to learn from a host of CNN professionals in various departments.

 

Sound exciting? Click here for more details and to formally apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 19.

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zdan
// July 3, 2013
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