Blog : July 2008
Shake, rattle and tweet »

When Tuesday's magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit Los Angeles, we headed over to Twitter and sent out a message asking folks if they felt the tremors. Within minutes, we received responses from several people, including DannyNP . Thanks to his quick response, we were able to contact him and hear his story. DannyNP was later interviewed on CNN, CNN.com Live and CNN Headline News. Afterwards, he described the media mayhem in a video on iReport.com. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow CNNiReport . You could be the next iReporter who witnesses major news!

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katie
// July 30, 2008
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iReporting the 'Con »

iReporters of all stripes attended the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend and shared their experiences with us. Comic-Con veteran ChrisMorrow spoke to big names like Deepak Chopra and writer Grant Morrison of DC Comics to get their perspectives, as well as those of other 'Con-goers of all ages . powersb shared the perspective of a first-timer at Comic-Con , and commented on the fact that this one-time "comic book convention" has been overtaken by movie studios and television networks pushing their upcoming releases. Are you a regular 'Con attendee, or are you looking forward to a science-fiction/fantasy convention in your part of the world soon? Share your photos and video with the community !

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hhanks
// July 30, 2008
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Spam: It's not just canned meat »

Mmm… hope you're hungry, because we've got some salty, meaty food for thought. You know those excessive and irrelevant e-mails that clog most inboxes and account for a significant portion of all Internet traffic? It could be argued that such content is also making its way to iReport.com, because we've received several comments and notices from the community expressing frustration with some of the posted stories and comments. So if you see something that looks like spam (the electronic variety), what should you do? Flag posts and comments you think violate the community guidelines . It might seem intimidating, but we encourage you to click that button. And, it goes without saying, but if there is anyone out there posting repetitive or otherwise improper posts, we strongly encourage them to pause and take a different approach. (Check out our assignment desk page for story ideas.) Take this opportunity to tell us what kinds of content seems like spam. Comment below and share any thoughts, ideas and solutions that come to mind.

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nsaidi
// July 29, 2008
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Need to confirm your e-mail address? »

One of the most important steps in the iReport.com registration process is confirming your e-mail address. It’s one way  we know you’re a real person (not a robot), and it’s required before your uploaded stories will appear on the site. If you see a red “unconfirmed” message

near your screenname, you still need to confirm your address.

 

You do that by clicking on the link in the e-mail that we send to you. Starting today, you can get that message re-sent in case you missed it. Here’s how:

 

- Log in and go to your profile page

- Click on "Update My E-mail Address"

- Look for the e-mail address marked "unconfirmed", then click "Re-send e-mail"

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lila
// July 29, 2008
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Living room commentary »

CNN's two-part special Black in America garnered a huge response from iReporters. porschap described the documentary as an "eye-opener," and said it made her want to become more involved in her black community. venwright felt like "the average black guy" was overlooked. bradbailey heard plenty of opinions about the CNN special. He hosted an impromptu viewing party at his Los Angeles, California, home. After the show, he filmed his friends' reactions. The discussion lasted until 2 a.m., bradbailey reported. "When they showed up, I couldn't get them to leave," he said. "They were really into it." We love bradbailey's intimate look at his viewing party, and hope he'll do the same for other big events. Do you ever host discussion groups? Take us inside the conversation.

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katie
// July 26, 2008
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Fun on Friday: The name game »

A New Zealand judge awarded a court order Thursday to a 9-year-old girl allowing her to change her name from Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii. She’s one of countless people in the world with a unique name. Are you one of them? iReporter thenadalady said no one ever spells or pronounces her name, Renate, correctly. And holden2 is stuck with the name Holden Holden . So, what makes your name stand out? Share it with iReport.com.

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Black in America: Continuing the conversation »

 

The issue of race in America is huge and it affects so many people. As part one of CNN's documentary television series "Black in America" aired on Wednesday night, we hoped that CNN viewers of all races would come to iReport.com and weigh in on issues of race in America raised by the show. We wanted to hear how you liked the show, whether you thought it correctly depicted your experience as a black American and what the show left out in terms of explaining the black experience. Scores of people weighed in. Here , CNN.com's Melissa Long and iReport producer Kate Taylor discuss a few of the responses. Also, CNN's Soledad O'Brien speaks with an iReporter about the documentary here , and answers your iReport questions here . Part two of the documentary airs tonight. We hope that you'll put your responses on camera and share them with iReport.com.

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hhanks
// July 24, 2008
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Black in America »

Tonight, we invite you to be a part of history. Part one of CNN's groundbreaking documentary television series Black in America airs at 9 p.m. ET. We hope you will tune in, and then share your reaction on iReport.com. If you are watching with your family or friends, film their reactions too. Pass the camera around and capture the conversation. We want to hear reactions from all races. What did you think of the documentary? What does it mean to be Black in America? Your thoughts, comments and reactions could be part of a special CNN.com/live show Thursday, Noon ET. You'll also have a chance to join the conversation with the producers of Black in America. Upload your stories here.

Posted by: tyson // July 23, 2008
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iReport? Oyeah! »

Oyeah first caught our attention when he rapped about Sen. Barack Obama . He has since shared many outstanding iReports from his hometown of Cincinnati, such as the excitement over Ken Griffey, Jr's 600th home run and his encounters with visitors and residents on the city streets. Oyeah brings his talent and his interest in the stories in his part of the world to iReport.com, and the combination makes for an extraordinary addition to the community. So what's going on where you live, and what kinds of unique angles can you bring to it? Shoot it and share it with us.

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hhanks
// July 22, 2008
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Crowning the Fresh Prince of Gotham »

 

He could have been chilling out, maxing and relaxing all cool, but Magus5311 passed on shooting some basketball outside of the school. The 19-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, spent the days leading up to the release of "Batman: The Dark Knight" putting a Gotham-style twist on Will Smith's performance of the theme song to "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." When the time came for the big night, he donned a full Joker costume complete with ratty green hair and scarred clown makeup for the pre-midnight queue at the theater. Afterward, he submitted his video with a review of the film. We couldn't believe what we were seeing. Reader dpkronmiller traversed a more critical road with his detailed spoken-word analysis . He used Final Cut to splice it together with footage of the long lines at the theater. These were only some of the amazingly creative stories that came in about the release of "The Dark Knight." Props to all, and we hope to see what you have to say about future movies to come.

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nsaidi
// July 22, 2008
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Digg the good stuff »

Have you noticed those new yellow Digg buttons on every story page? They make it easy to send iReport.com stories over to Digg , a site where the community votes on and elevates the best stuff from all over the Web. We think there's a lot on iReport.com that deserves to be recognized there -- don't you? It's really easy to do: just head to Digg.com to create your account, then press the Digg button on the iReport.com stories you think are best. If enough other people agree with you, your votes will push iReports to the top of the pile (right where they belong). Wanna see what's already there? Check out this list of most-Dugg stories from iReport.com

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lila
// July 20, 2008
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Babe Ruth on iReport.com »

When we asked iReporters to share photos and memories of their baseball heroes, we were delighted to receive a 60-year-old photo of none other than the great Bamino himself. iReporter Jim Cornacchia says that his dad used to play with Babe Ruth, however, instead of baseball the two played in the snow together! Cornacchia sent a photo to iReport.com of his father, Joseph, and his aunt Audrey, after they built a snowman with Ruth at in Greenwood Lake, New York, in 1940. Cornacchia's grandparents had a cottage in Greenwood Lake, and Ruth liked to vacation there in the off-season. He would hang around with the locals and even took a chili-cooking lesson from Cornacchia's grandmother! We'd love to see your photos of brushes with baseball greats. Be sure to check out these photos of Barry Bonds , Ken Griffey and other all-stars .

Posted by: kate9 // July 16, 2008
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iReport.com maintenance on Wednesday »

We'll need to pull the site down for a few minutes Wednesday morning so that we can roll out a fresh version of the software that runs the site. We'll start around 8 a.m. ET and should be finished in 30 minutes. Stay tuned to the blog for details and updates. And if you've got stories during the outage that just can't wait, please e-mail them to ireport@cnn.com. Thanks!

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lila
// July 15, 2008
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Be nice, y'all! »

Looks like there's been a rash of rude comments going around iReport.com lately. I've spotted a few that seem to be more about personal attacks than actual commentary, and that's not what we're all here for. The discussion is so much more interesting to read when it's about real issues instead of petty bickering. Remember, if you spot a comment (or a story for that matter) that you think violates the site's community guidelines, you can always hit the "flag for review" button to let us know.

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lila
// July 15, 2008
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A man on a mission »

Inspired by the call to action in the just-announced iReport Film Festival , CNN producer Chuck Hadad took his camera on the road to shoot his own version of a short film about the campaign. He stops to talk to Americans all over the country about what they think about the 2008 presidential election. His film, of course, isn't part of the competition, but it's a helluva way to kickstart the festival. Take a look at part one and part two , then share your own take right here.

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lila
// July 14, 2008
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Baby turtles equal cuteness »

mlacefield 's excellent video of baby turtles making their first trek to the ocean in Palm Beach Shores, Florida, received nearly 90,000 views and dozens of comments on iReport.com. It also earned a spot among the puppies, kittens and other adorable animals on cuteoverload.com . We agree; the determined baby turtles are pretty darned cute. Be sure to check out the video if you haven't seen it for yourself.

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katie
// July 11, 2008
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Bicyclists get major publicity via iReport »

 

Atlanta Police stalk Critical Mass

iReporter shelbinator , or Shelby Highsmith uploaded a video to iReport.com a few weeks back that really caught fire on the Web. His video, entitled "Atlanta Police stalk Critical Mass" covered Atlanta's monthly Critical Mass bike ride, when Atlanta bicyclists essentially take over the road in order to raise drivers' awareness of bicyclists. More than 120,000 people viewed Highsmith's video on iReport.com and the Atlanta paper even sent readers to the iReport.com video for more info. In response to the controversy raised by the critical mass ride and the publicity afforded them by Highsmith's iReport, Atlanta bicyclists have decided to host a "Courteous Mass," and plan to uphold traffic Regulations in a ride planned for July 11. We can't wait to see how it turns out, via iReport of course!

Posted by: kate9 // July 11, 2008
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iReport Film Festival: Campaign 2008! »

We're excited to announce the launch of iReport Film Festival: Campaign 2008!, an online festival of short films from the campaign trail. We want to see your behind-the-scenes videos of this election season. Are you organizing in your community? Registering voters on campus? Put your creativity to the test, and show us your view from the campaign trail . The best films will vie for Grand Jury and CNN Audience Awards, and may be featured on CNN. Award winners will receive a top-of-the-line HD camera and the perfect opportunity to try it out: a trip to Washington D.C. for the inauguration of the next president of the United States. The deadline for entries is midnight ET, October 12. Curious about what we're looking for? You can check out a sample video here .

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katie
// July 11, 2008
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Fun on Friday, iPhone style »

The iPhone 3G is here!

 

Are you waiting in line to buy the phone, or have you already snagged one? Send us photos from your iPhone camera, and tell us where you're sending your photo from and why you love your iPhone.

Posted by: kate9 // July 11, 2008
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Finding the news in your backyard »


hphoto6 of Severn, Maryland is another great example of an iReporter finding extraordinary news in his community to share with the iReport.com community. Whether it’s a home damaged by severe weather , a truck crashing into a house or even an exploding boat , hphoto6 has consistently sent compelling images and amazing stories, all of them not too far from home. So, what’s the news from your backyard? Take out your camera and share it with us !

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hhanks
// July 8, 2008
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Vote for your favorite iReport.com promo »

OK iReporters, you’ve done it. You’ve told us how you want would promote iReport.com. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 videos that are creative, energetic and meaningful – those commercials we feel do the best job of promoting iReport.com and encouraging iReporters to send us their stories.

 

Now we're turning it back over to you. It’s up to you to decide which of these finalists will be the iReport.com commercial that may air on CNN. Voting is currently underway at www.ireportchallenge.com , so take a look at the site and tell us which of the videos you like best. Just for voting, you could win a Flip Video camera. Who knows when the next big story could break near you?

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nsaidi
// July 7, 2008
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From Reykjavik with love »

What's going on in Iceland today? Just ask ander , who's always letting us know about the major news in his country. He got his start with a video showing a group of truck drivers protesting government actions they believe are responsible for surging gas prices about twice as high as in the United States.

 

Later, he told us about the effects of an earthquake and showed us geothermal energy sending whitish plumes into the air. When Björk and Sigur Rós gave a free benefit concert in Iceland, he was there. But he also tells softer stories about art festivals and mud soccer . He has also covered a baby fashion show , Viking festival , air shows , sea ships , natural phenomena such as the aurora borealis and days without darkness .

 

ander has gotten a good reaction from the community, including story comments from Sri Lankan iReporter Smokey . The two became friends, leading ander to send Icelandic souvenirs across the water. Smokey has added these to a "friendship wall" she is starting.

 

Feeling inspired? Take a minute and look around at what's happening where you are. We'd like to know what's going on in your hometown .

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nsaidi
// July 2, 2008
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