Friday, March 06, 2009
iReport Roundtable – save the date

Friday, March 6, 3 p.m to 4 p.m. ET Last week's roundtable session was a big success, so we've decided to make it a regular feature. So if you have any questions, comments or concerns about, this is your chance to share them with us. We'll look forward to talking to you then. Update - the conversation is happening here:

March 4, 2009

Thank you David!

March 4, 2009
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Great idea! Thanks David.

March 4, 2009
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I'll try to be there!

March 4, 2009
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CNN's Ireport has the feel & flavor of a social networking site.  It was said on the news, that facebook, twitter, & certain others are social networking sites.  "Ireport" was not mentioned.   Is CNN's Ireport a social networking site?

March 4, 2009
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What's the purpose of 'SuperStar' status?  Many Ireporters have this in their profile & others who w/superb videos do not.  I bring this up because there's an Ireporter who works hard at his video ireports.  He is concerned as to why CNN won't give him superstar status; and he don't know what else he can do to be a "Super Star".  I believe CNN did put his video on air last month.  I believe his concern is legitimate.

March 4, 2009

Getting video on CNN doesn't mean you will be a "Super Star". Explanations to what everything means in here are under About and FAQ's at the bottom of this site. iReports is whatever we make it. CNN gives us the assignments and we run with it. It's awesome.

March 4, 2009
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See you all here Friday... Had fun last time, looking forward to the discussion

March 4, 2009
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Sounds good. Thanks David.

March 4, 2009

Hey, who's the bum that started this stuff anyways?

March 4, 2009
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Gonna try and be here for this one. Thanks David.

March 4, 2009
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It is a great idea. But David can we have a World Ireporters' Conference soon?

March 5, 2009

I dont think I can come up with anything to complain about by then.

I will see what I can do.

March 5, 2009

Love the idea, see you there!

March 5, 2009

I should be able to make it!

March 5, 2009

I should be able to make it..thanks David

March 5, 2009
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if my crew is back from the field by then, I'll join in . Thanks. Will votingfemale be there?

March 5, 2009

I may not be able to make the roundtable or may be able to observe but not participate.  It all depends on what is happening at work.  There is currently nothing NEW that I feel is neccessary to bring up.

March 6, 2009
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Fortunately, we have Keith Olbermann to point out that Rush Limbaugh did not accurately quote the preamble to the Constitution in his CPAC speech last weekend. I'm not sure what scam Olbermann imagined Rush was trying to put over on the American people by saying conservatives believed in the "preamble to the Constitution" and then quoting words from the Declaration of Independence -- but Olbermann put an end to that cruel deception!


These small-time opportunities to show off by correcting someone else's teeny-tiny mistakes are the lifeblood of Olbermann's MSNBC show, "Countdown." Olbermann is no more capable of not correcting Rep. Charlie Rangel when he said "inferred," but meant "implied," than an obsessive compulsive could pass a sink without washing his hands.


There is utterly no purpose to these lame "gotchas," except that Olbermann is so desperately insecure that he is willing to waste valuable airtime in order to convince other status-conscious idiots that he is, like, scary-smart.


Olbermann relentlessly attacked low-level Bush administration employee Monica Goodling for not going to a name-dropping college, saying -- approximately 1 million times -- that she got her law degree "by sending 100 box tops to Religious Lunatic University."


I would venture to say that the students at Goodling's law school at Regent University are far more impressive than those at the Cornell agriculture school -- the land-grant, non-Ivy League school Keith attended.


I wouldn't mention it, except that Olbermann savages anyone who didn't go to an impressive college. As it happens, he didn't go to an impressive college, either.


If you've ever watched any three nights of his show, you know that Olbermann went to Cornell. But he always forgets to mention that he went to the school that offers classes in milking and bovine management.


Indeed, Keith is constantly lying about his nonexistent "Ivy League" education, boasting to Playboy magazine, for example: "My Ivy League education taught me how to cut corners, skim books and take an idea and write 15 pages on it, and also how to work all day at the Cornell radio station and never actually go to class."


Except Keith didn't go to the Ivy League Cornell; he went to the Old MacDonald Cornell.


The real Cornell, the School of Arts and Sciences (average SAT: 1,325; acceptance rate: 1 in 6 applicants), is the only Ivy League school at Cornell and the only one that grants a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Keith went to an affiliated state college at Cornell, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (average SAT: about that of pulling guards at the University of South Carolina; acceptance rate: 1 of every 1 applicants).


Olbermann's incessant lying about having an "Ivy League education" when he went to the non-Ivy League ag school at Cornell would be like a graduate of the Yale locksmithing school boasting about being a "Yale man."


Among the graduates of the Ivy League Cornell are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas Pynchon, Paul Wolfowitz, E.B. White, Sanford I. Weill, Floyd Abrams, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Ginsburg, Janet Reno, Henry Heimlich and Harold Bloom.


Graduates of the ag school include David LeNeveu of the Anaheim Ducks, Mitch Carefoot of the Phoenix RoadRunners, Darren Eliot, former professional hockey player, and Joe Nieuwendyk, multiple Stanley Cup winner.


One begins to understand why Harvard students threw a chicken on the ice during Cornell's famous rout of Harvard at a 1973 hockey game.


If you actually want to pursue a career related to agriculture, there is no better school than the Cornell ag school. I have nothing but admiration for the farmers and aspiring veterinarians at the ag school. They didn't go there just to have "Cornell" on their resumes.


In addition to the farmers, there are some smart kids who go to the ag school -- as there are at all state universities. But most people who majored in "communications" at an ag school don't act like Marshall Scholars or go around mocking graduates of Regent University Law School.


The sort of insecurity that would force you to always say "trebled" instead of "tripled" could only come from a communications major with massive status anxiety, like Keith. Without even looking it up, I am confident that Harvard, Yale and Princeton do not offer degrees in "communications." I know there is no "communications" major at the Ivy League Cornell.


"Communications" is a major, along with "recreation science," most commonly associated with linemen at USC. But at least the linemen can throw a football, which Keith cannot because his mother decided he was not physically robust enough to play outdoors as a child.


It may seem cruel to reveal the true college of someone who already wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat worried that he's a fraud. But I believe that by pointing out that Olbermann actually is a fraud, I am liberating him.


You may not realize it now, Keith, but you will look back on this day and say, "That was the best thing that ever happened to me!"


Finally, you can stop pretending that you went to the hard-to-get-into Cornell.


Now you won't have to quickly change the subject whenever people idly remark that they didn't know it was possible to major in "communications" at an Ivy League school.


No longer will you have to aggressively bring up Cornell when it has nothing to do with the conversation.


Relax, Keith. Now you can let people like you for you.

March 6, 2009

I probably won't make it to the round table but I am sure there will be a lot of complaining about conservatives being refer to as "anti-American"...that is me doing that...I am disgusted with the conservative hatred and Anti-American reteric. I am also disgusted with CNN for allowing them a pulpit to spew from. I can't even question my president's policies because It just fuels their apparent Anti-American idealism. I was upset when Iran spit in President Obama's face when he offered his hand in peace...I have more respect for Iran than I do the "so called americans" who refer to my President with unflattering name calling. Shame on them and shame on CNN for allowing it!!

March 6, 2009
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I believe that the removal of comments deemed to be inflammatory should be reviewed a bit more.  Some times we need to tone down the rhetoric and sometimes we need to fight it out.  I will have to  admit that this is one of the more civil internet venues for its relative size.

March 6, 2009
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Thanks David!

March 6, 2009
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Morning all.

March 6, 2009


March 6, 2009

Lets get rid of the superstar and actually make it mean something.


How about if you average 200 views per I-Report.  You get SuperStar status.  Just flooding the website with dribble should not give you some kind of Star status.


Lets also limit the number of stories one can post in a month.


Again do we want this to be  a social networking site or part of the CNN News Organization.


Quality over quantity.'


I would also be in favor of limiting comments as well.  The pro democrat and the pro republican groups go at it and just cloud the real issues.  It really does not matter who is in office, both parties are spending our money with 8,000 ear marks in this last bill.  They all are not coming from only one side.


And lets have pictures and video's go into differnt locations.  I do not want my I-reports being burried behind 50 pictures of the red carpet or someone's snow in their back yard.

March 6, 2009

limiting the number of posts in a month would cause people to lose out on a good news event..not a good idea to me at all.. what if you have your quota then a big story breaks..well then you re out of luck

March 6, 2009



There are ways around that.  Have some sort of structure which rewards great stories.


Because lets face it, if wanted to take a week off from work and start posting stories non-stop on this site with the same quality as some of the posts which I have seen, everyone a little upset to not even have thier story on the main page for at least 5 minutes.


You have 100 people talking at the same time who is listening.

March 6, 2009

I am for getting rid of the star rating system and also if there is no profile of anykind then the person cannot comment on posts..only this seems to be a problem..people get kicked off then come back as someone else continuing with really bad insults just like before..example is helen59 ..she has like over 8 or 9 different ID's...

March 6, 2009

mrfloridad..I understand what you are saying..but you have to realize it's not just the USA involved posting on here..people from around the world post if it is too limiting and to selective then who would bother?


I agree with the picture / video thing...videos could be in a separate catagory with a title at the top of the page along with Newsiest, CNN, Most Recent, etc...

March 6, 2009
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I report is more blogging about the news than actually giving news stories. I don't know if it should be changed to just strictly news stories but I got my personal economic story picked up by and CNN radio. Makes me feel confident.

March 6, 2009

There is a reason why we have the term "Less is More".


Just because you restrict the use does not mean it will be less popular.


If fact I think it will become even greater of a web site, if you actually make people take time to put a story together.

March 6, 2009
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Hi there -- jump over to this post to join the conversation with Team iReport:


See you there!

March 6, 2009
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Here is the personal interview they ended up doing with me after looking at my Ireport. Check it out! I was stoked!

March 6, 2009


Please file the comments by the most curremt.  The freshiest comment, FIRST - not last.

March 7, 2009
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David - I completely overlooked your post about the round table. I would not have missed it. That I did miss it. The fact that I missed it brings me to my point as someone who helped web page design in a large pharma company. It is hard to navigate through CNN's site generally and through eReport in particular. In the search box top right, if you type in the name of an iReporter, it should not take you the ireport and ireporter radio buttons next to another search box that says below it that the search term does not exist (ie the ireporter). It should somehow pick up on that ireporter's name and ask only if you want to see his/her bio or the iReports or perhaps just take you to one or the other.  Then there is the visual pollution and the constant change in the location on the main  page of items we iReporters look for. Even if they move, there is not a clear presentation of the items. I hope this helps to hear ONE opinion.

March 9, 2009

Sorry I missed the show. But I have a question to someone in here. OCGirl, don't you have two accounts??? OCGirl AND RobinS???

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