Thursday, March 26, 2009
iReport Roundtable

Join us again next week: Thusday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET

 

We look forward to talking to everyone at today's roundtable session.These talks have been a great opportunity for us to here your concerns and ideas and for everyone to get to know each other better.

 

This has been a hugely successful experiment for us, but we're just starting to scratch the surface of what we can do here.So we'd like to spend most of today's session discussing what you'd like to talk about in the future. We'd like for y'all to help us brainstorm assignment ideas and have talked about bringing guests to answer questions about reporting, photography, video editing and other topics. We also want to hear your ideas.

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March 26, 2009
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Hello!

March 26, 2009
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Hi everyone and welcome to the roundtable.

March 26, 2009

Hello Team iReport!  I just wanted to say, again, that you are doing an awesome job with the site.  I have a couple of questions for this roundtable that would help me out greatly.  I recently researched and edited a story about Texas, link: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-234903 however, since this was not a specific assignment, I didn’t know which headline to place it under.  I have a lot more stories that I am working on and they do not fall under the assignments, though I would like the iReport community to have a chance to view the packets as I feel they are important issues.  Any ideas would be appreciated.

 

Also, I have recently had friends and family tell me that iReport for the past several weeks has had a lot of people who are talking heads, which I am one of them, however some iReporters are sharing all their opinions on all the assignments and being rewarded with the “On CNN” badge.  I don’t have an answer for these inquisitive members of my inner circle. 

 

Although, this leads me to ask, what does iReport want from their iReporters? 

 

I personally research, write and memorize scripts, then edit my stories so iReport has a packet they can show.  I feel very humbled and appreciated that a majority of my stories have the “On CNN” badge but what can be done to elevated the quality of iReports rather than quantity.  I have read the “Tell your story like a pro” and see some iReporters are turning on their webcam, going off-the-cuff, using the site as their personal blog, and then watching themselves on TV or on CNN.com.  It can be addicting.

 

In Salsteels “two cent” fashion, I believe that if this continues, we could see iReport.com escalate to a YouTube Celebrity, anything goes, viral video, rather than a place for citizen journalists/pundits who incorporate pictures and data into their reports.  I know I can do more assignments that CNN iReport puts up but my production quality will suffer.  Is production quality important or should I just focus on posting as many videos as possible?  Is there a way that Team iReport could post “up and coming” assignments so iReporters who want to put some more time into their reports have a chance to?

 

On a side note, I have been asked to speaking to a group of journalism students at my local college in about a week and want to promote CNN iReport.  I also started Colorado Citizen Journalists, link: http://www.meetup.com/coloradocitizenjournalists/ so CNN iReporters around the area can get together and work on stories.  If you have any information or advice, I definitely will listen.

 

Once again, thank you for provide this service and for acknowledging my iReports.  I will continue to do the best job that I can.  Also, tip of the hat to Henry Hanks that apparently keeps drawing the short straw and has to deal with me on the phone and to David Williams for the omnipresent positive support.  Hopefully, iReporters and Team iReport will be able to meet in person one day.  Just to let you know, I am very shy and I smell like Mentos, they truly are the freshmaker…

 

March 26, 2009

Hello! I was having a heated discussion on pot! How is everyone :-)

March 26, 2009
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Hey Kyle,

How are you doing?

March 26, 2009

Wow, long comment (LOL)

March 26, 2009
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I haven't contributed a story yet, but am close. I was thinking it would be neat to see some stories on inexpensive luxuries. People still want to have a good time even when times are hard. There must be some low cost alternatives to a $100 dinner date.

March 26, 2009
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hey everyone! :)

March 26, 2009

Thanks for the fixes. It seems to be little delay in comments sometimes but I'm sure it will work itself out

March 26, 2009
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Ok, I brought this idea up before but I don't think it was commented on.  I seriously think CNN should create a reality game show for iReports to compete for something like a year contract with CNN to be the Head iReporter, you know?  I think that would be fun.  There is a competition for everything else, why not iReport.  It would also be cool if we did mini-competitions on the website to be like a special correspondent at like the award shows or something like that, like a bunch of talk shows do.  You know?

March 26, 2009
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I'm good David, how are you?

March 26, 2009

That's the thrifting assignment I think agettig

March 26, 2009
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Alun is here - live from London's Heathrow - about to fly off, again (literally, not figuratively!).

 

Good to see you all!

 

@Salsteels' stuff is very good, isn't it!

 

Alun

March 26, 2009
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@agettig We just did a really cool assignment on having fun for free - got lots of great ideas and suggestions.

March 26, 2009

It's already cut throat in here, mmm, I'm not sure

March 26, 2009

Cheers AlunHill!

March 26, 2009
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@Sal -- If you have a story that doesn't really fit into a category, you can use the orange upload now button on the top of the page and it will come in without a topic.

We will see it.

As far as what we're looking for goes, we want each iReporter to tell their story the best they can.

In some cases, that's a quick opinion delivered to a web cam, in others it's a snapshot from a a cell phone or a fully produced video segment.

 

We can use all kinds of different content in all kinds of differe4nt ways.

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- We're making progress on the bugs. I appreciate everyone's patience

March 26, 2009

And I think if there will ever be an in person thing, it should be in Atlanta since that is where CNN is based out of. Just a thought but I think it shuld stick to online and webcam if anything. I can't take off wk (but that is just me).

March 26, 2009

Thanks davidw :-)

March 26, 2009
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I was thinking gourmet coffee as an inexpensive luxury. I should have done a segment on it! :)

 

I love the live comment thing. Very cool.

March 26, 2009
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Hi everyone. Just jumping into the conversation.

 

@Salsteels Those are very thoughtful questions and comments. The quality of your posts has been fantastic and we appreciate the time you put into them. I certainly wouldn't sacrifice quality for quantity.

March 26, 2009

Thanks for removing double posts when we flag them. It seems to be going faster. :-)

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- We love the idea of iReporters getting together in the real world. I would encourage everyone to check out Salsteel's meetup link to see if it's something you might want to try in your communities.

We'd like to do a big one here one day, but I don't know when we'll be able to.

March 26, 2009

I'll ck it out. Thanks

March 26, 2009
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@KyleHD -- That would be fun. Its on our wish list of things to do.

March 26, 2009
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Hey Everyone!

Although I signed up for ireports way back, this is my first time participating in anything. I plan to do more now. Is it possible to upload 'reports' that are just txt anywhere - like for a quick comment on an issue or news item?

 

March 26, 2009
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Hey crowd, just joining the convo.

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous

 

Remember, there are CNN bureaux and iReporters worldwide - and as a UK press card holder, it is very difficult for people like me to get a visa for the USA, sadly.

 

I love seeing the differing points of view from around the USA and the world on iReport, so anythig rto encourage more "out of the USa"reports would be great.

 

Te USA inevitabnly dominates the news - but there's lots of views around the world-  and lots of (often quirky!) things happening1

 

(I was planning an iReport this week on an entire village for sale in England - but CNN's Richard Quest beat me to it! - and am looking at a few angles for the London G20 next week - London bankers have been asked to go to work in jeans and not carry bags with logo's for example, so that demonstrators don't "attack" them ...)

 

Alun

 

Alun

March 26, 2009

If you have any questions about starting an iReport group in your community, I can help.

March 26, 2009
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@MrRAA Hi there. You need to attach a photo or video to your uploads. If you just have a comment, you can always upload an audio file. We hope to see your iReports soon!

March 26, 2009
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@everyone -- Now that we're starting to get a bit of a crowd, does anyone have any suggestions of things they'd like to see us do or talk about in these roundtable forums?

 

 

March 26, 2009

I agree AlunHill and I could definitely get out of the US due to my job. Thanks. That's why I mentioned webcams/online. But whatever works out is great for whomever can make it.

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

Afternoon all

March 26, 2009

Any updates on the rating system?

March 26, 2009
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@Ryn Welcome!

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- We're hoping to have the ratings bugs worked out soon.

March 26, 2009

@David: Tips on how to be a better Citizen Journalists.

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous

 

Do let me know if you're ever in UK - that applies to all iReporters, of course!

 

Will be inviting you all formally for a UK (London?) meet shortly, as promised, via an iReport video.

 

Good to hear, @Davidw, that we can upload without a category - could be useful on occasion - thank you.

 

Alun

March 26, 2009

Well, I mean about getting rid of it (rating system). LOL :-)

March 26, 2009
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Hi all! Just joining the conversation. @Salsteels - I'm excited to hear how your meetups go. Keep us posted!

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels -- What sort of tips would you like? Writing and reporting skills, photography or video?

Or are there other things you'd like to know about.

March 26, 2009

@Davidw & @Katie: Also, if you want to do other stories outside the CNN iReport assignments, how do you go about generating traffic to your report?

March 26, 2009

Ok, thanks AlunHill

March 26, 2009

I know there is the "News to Me" show but could there be an 'iReport" show to showcase the great information me have going on in here?

March 26, 2009
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Can I ask (just being nosey!) do the iReport producers work variable shifts - or do they all work set times - i.e. only days, weekends, overnight etc?

 

I appreciate the office is staffed 24/7.

 

Alun

March 26, 2009

News has to be 24/7 I would think. :-)

March 26, 2009

How is the intern search going for CNN?

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels -- We're always looking for interesting stuff that we can either show on TV or link to on CNN.com either as a free standing story, or as part of our larger coverage. Even if it's not on a topic we've asked for.

 

You can also try to drive traffic to your posts by embedding them on your blog, or facebook pages and that sort of thing.

March 26, 2009

@Davidw: Tips on interviewing, when to press, when not to press.  I know I would love to get away from “the Sal talking head.”  Also, I am not a professional journalist but I have been editing and making videos for a bit.  I can offer some tips on how to up your production quality on the cheap. 

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous

 

(sorry if this has become the "spon and alun" chat!).

 

We see a show each week with the "best" iReports on, here on the UK - repeated several times.

 

Do you not see this - I assumed it was international - but I do lose track of CNN v CNNI!

 

Alun

 

March 26, 2009
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@AlunHill Our shifts are staggered. The iReport desk is staffed from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST, on most days. There are other staffers keeping an eye out overnight. And, yes there's someone here on the weekends. I work Saturdays, in fact.

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels -- Cool, that's good feedback. We'll try to bring some guests in who can answer those questions.

March 26, 2009

No, AlunHill, which show is it on? I know News To Me shows some but the show is not dedicated to iReports only.

March 26, 2009
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Hello hope im not too late

 

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous - the iReport for CNN show is on CNN International, but you can watch it online here: http://www.cnn.com/ireportforcnn

March 26, 2009
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Thanks Katie,

Would'nt it be great if CNN hosted a daily show just for IReports? They could focus on the major story of the day. It would be better than looping Larry all night!

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels

 

My advice, FWIW! Just take your camera out and do it - your pieces to camera are great - go out on the streets, see what you can find - I think you'll be great!

 

 

And advice on "upping quality cheap" will be appreciated by all, methinks!

 

Alun

March 26, 2009

Will the roundtables continue to be once a week. We don't have a lot of people here and discussion is very light. Just curious.

March 26, 2009
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@Spon There's a show called iReport for CNN on CNN International every week. http://www.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/ireport/

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- CNN International has a show called iReport for CNN. It's really good if you get CNNI.

You can check out clips from the show in the iReport tab on CNN.com's video player http://www.cnn.com/video/?iref=videoglobal

 

March 26, 2009
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Can any1 tell me what happend to votingfemale?

 

March 26, 2009

@ zdan Oh, really, I didn't know. I'll ck to see if I can get here in the states. Thanks

March 26, 2009
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@MrRAA That would indeed be very cool! Most days, a member of Team iReport does a short segment on CNN TV shortly before the noon hour. And on CNN International, there's the weekly show iReport for CNN, which everyone's been talking about here. Check it out! http://www.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/ireport/

March 26, 2009
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Yea thats funny MrRAA

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- We plan to do it every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET. We'll also do an evening session once a month, but we haven't established a set time for that yet.

 

March 26, 2009
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Thanks for that - I don't get "News To Me" but never miss "iReports for CNN" - didn't realise it wasn't shown in the US  - I'm learning!

 

 

Alun

March 26, 2009

@David: Is there a way that iReport can make a space specifically for video packets that show narrative works?  I am not trying to segregate myself but it can be crippling to your views if you don’t have the “On CNN” badge, however, I am not trying to make it “On CNN” every time.  I just think that if some iReporters are putting several hours into a story, it would be nice to have some views.

March 26, 2009
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Hey just a qeustion but does any1 eles think secondary education should be free?

March 26, 2009

Is there anyway to:

Indicate a post is video? Some would or wouldn't open if they knew it was video.

Indicate you have a new comment on a post? That would be helpful to respond back in a timely manner )if applicable).

March 26, 2009
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@Spartancoll -- I think the secondary education discussion should probably go on on iReport.com. Might be a good topic for you to post on.

March 26, 2009
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Ooh, just seen the "Cannabis - legalise or not?" assignment (on Twitter - recommended for iReporters!).

 

About to go to Singapore, where even 25g of the stuff (not even sure how big that is!) gets you the death penalty - will make iReport from hotel on arrival!

 

Serendipity (the assignment, not the drug!)

 

Alun

March 26, 2009

I have noticed a lot when trying to edit my posts to put spaced inbetween paragraphs, the spaces don't stay and the post looks yucky. Any help??

March 26, 2009
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@Spon

Actually, when you look on the iReport homepage, next to the thumbnail, you can see a little camera or video icon.

March 26, 2009

@zdan. I see that but it's not a video. I'll have to look closer. Thanks!

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels -- We're looking at better ways to highlight stories on iReport.com. We get a lot of really wonderful stuff on the site and unfortunately we just can't vet and approve all of them.

 

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

These things are implemented already spon. Look for a camera or vid camera icon next to the post.

I get a notice in my personal email every time someone comments on my post.

March 26, 2009

@Spontaneous:  Edit in Word or other, then copy and paste. It works for me...

March 26, 2009
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Thanks David i asked that qeustion like 20 min ago on a old discussion board and askd what you think so the topic for today im icthing for a good discussion lol

 

March 26, 2009

Oh, gosh, even after I already posted it Salsteels? :-(

March 26, 2009
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@everyone Hi - Kyle from the iReport.com tech team here checking in.

 

@Spontaneous The ratings (the existing system I mean) should be working correctly now.

 

Also, a fix for the problem with words mushed together in comments is on the way very soon.

March 26, 2009
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If it helps, several people have remarked on spaces missing between words - I use Firefox (sometimes on an Apple Mac, sometimes a PC) and never had this problem.

 

Cue everyone else having this problem only on Firefox, inevitably ...)

 

Alun

March 26, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- If you click on the Notifications link in your My Stuff area it gives you the option to get emails whenever anyone comments on your iReports, sends you a message or if an iReporting your following posts a new story.

March 26, 2009

Oh, that's right Ryn about the comments, I forgot. I don't have that set up. I guess I didn't want all those emails. Thanks (p.s.- the camera or vid camera look the same to me :-) )

March 26, 2009
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To anyone from The Ireports team who has called me. And had to deal with the backgorund noise of 4 kids and dog. I grateful for your patients. I really enjoy doing the research for my blogs. Although it drives my kids nut cause I take over the PC, while Ian is napping.

March 26, 2009
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Umm i know i asked this qeustion earlier but what happend to votingfemale

 

March 26, 2009

HI kyrogers! :-) Thanks so much. I appreciate your help all the time.

March 26, 2009
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@everyone -- Welcome Kyle and thanks for the update. kyrogers is a senior software developer on the iReport.com team.

March 26, 2009
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@AlunHill The problem with some spaces missing between words in comments was not particular to a browser, but it only started after our software update just over a week ago.  By the way, I enjoyed the bloopers you linked in the last roundtable.

March 26, 2009
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@Spartancoll -- She is no longer a member of the community. She has set up her own blog, so you can probably get more details there. http://votingfemale.wordpress.com/

March 26, 2009
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Hi, I am writing from Jerusalem, Israel, where I have been posting both raw video footage and edited packages to your site for the better part of a month.

 

But it's a bit disconcerting to note that my country does not appear, at first glance, on the iReport maps. (One must zoom in twice).

 

(Then again, neither do Jordan, Syria and Lebanon appear, so I won't take it personally!)

 

I did write twice to iReport about this and have not received the courtesy of a reply.

 

I would imagine it should not a big deal to adjust this, as there are other interactive maps of this kindand of this sizeon the internet, where Israel and other middle east countries appear.

 

Thanks....

 

Mordechai

March 26, 2009

@Davidw:  I think we are on the same page and agree 100%.  Just my humble opinion, but with all the social video networking sites, many people can start a YouTube page, work at building themselves as a “Brand,” i.e. the John Doe Report, and start picking up thousands of views a day.  With CNN, increasing viewership of your posts is tied directly to “Vetting or “On CNN.”  This is why you have people who do a story that is not related to an assignment, but post in that assignment block that is being promoted that day, in order to increase their hits. 

 

I know the iReporters that put a lot of time into their work and I am too their biggest fan, however, I can speak from experience that it is tough to spend several hours on a report knowing that you might only get 50 views.  I just don’t want to see awesome iReporters go to YouTube or Current TV because they can get more viewership without the vetting process.  Team iReport is awesome and I would like to people stay for that reason.

 

March 26, 2009
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Hey everyone, hey mitwersky!

March 26, 2009
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@kyrogers

 

Thank you (times 2!) - once for info, once for blooper comment!

 

Alun

March 26, 2009

Hi nsaidi!

March 26, 2009

Will CNN shut down for an hour for Earth Day Saturday?

March 26, 2009

Hi everyone. I wanted to thank the iReport team for their awesome job.

And I have also a question:

1) Since the last changes on IReport I cannot update the text of my stories. I need this for instance to correct some typos.

 

 

2) Could anybody tell me how to split the text. Before

it was just using enter, should I use now HTML codes?

 

Thank you.

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels Interesting thoughts. Is there anything we can do or change that you think would help get viewership on your videos and projects? What can iReporters do?

March 26, 2009
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@mitwersky -- I'm sorry you haven't gotten a reply to your emails. That's an oversight on my part.

I'm not sure what we can do about the map. We would probably have to redesign our map to be able to make it large enough to show Israel and still be able to see the rest of the world.

We are always looking at better ways to present information, so it is something we'll keep in mind.

 

March 26, 2009
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Thanks agian david

 

March 26, 2009
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Just a quick question. I gather if they call you about a blog.It's not always a gaurantee they are going to run it.

March 26, 2009
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@mitwersky Thanks for telling us about that. We're looking to update our countries in the future -- it's definitely in the plans.

March 26, 2009
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I really appreciate that CNN was ballsy enough to put this on ireports.

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-235059

 

Just wanted to say thanks.

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

I have been agitated lately over the negative talk by some iReporters concerning human interest posts.

The lighter side of iReport, gardening, animals, nature, travel and the like.

This is what drew me to iReport in the beginning.

There have been a lot of comments about these type posts having no place on CNN or iReport.

While headline news is #1!!

There are people that do enjoy browsing other topics.

Some have been so intimidated, they left iReport.

Most of these posts are actually assignments given to us

through ireport producers and listed on assignment page.

Sometimes hours are put into original videos and photography, editing and getting to upload on the site.

They are often rated down and derogatory comments made about not being worthy for the site.

I check out most of the topics on iReport, but do get tired off the rhetoric over and over. I do not make rude comments about any post or subject.

Any support on this?

 

 

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels

 

I understand your pain at doing lengthy work on an iReport and getting few views - been there, done that!. ... but I feel I"m still getting my point of view out, so I'm happy!

 

One thing that may help - in the advertising world, the headline is ultra important - many copywriters spend 80% of their time on the headline - and say the headline's sole purpose is to get people to read the first paragraph (or look at the pix / video).

 

Worth looking at your titles - see if they can be made appealing - make sure you state a benefit for the viewer.

 

Alternatively, a 3 word descriptive headline can get you listed in Google within the hour - usually on the first page.

 

 

@nsaidi  - hi ... trust you're felling "better". Giggle!

 

 

Alun

March 26, 2009
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Hello.

March 26, 2009
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@Poltava You can still edit your iReport, but now you have to wait until it's finished processing.  Turns out the system had problems with some stories that were edited while they were pending.  If we get that problem fixed, we may be able to turn editing while pending back on.

March 26, 2009
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Hi ChrisMorrow!

March 26, 2009
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@adriana71 -- When we put the ON CNN stamp on an iReport it does play in various boxes on the CNN.com page. They don't always end up on CNN air, but they may end up being used for a story on HLN, CNN Internationa, CNN.com or any of the other CNN platforms.

 

We try to make sure that CNN producers have the best material we can get them, but we can't guarantee that it will go into a show.

March 26, 2009
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@Ryn

iReport is whatever the community wants it to be. It's a place to share breaking news, commentary and human interest pieces. When we (the iReport producers) post an assignment about fun for free, we definitely want to see iReports on that topic! Please don't think that it's all news all the time, because iReport is so much more.

March 26, 2009
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Hello and welcome @ChrisMorrow

March 26, 2009

Nsaidi:  Thanks for updating me on Twitter with the Sign of the Times report.  Some ideas, promote the follow now button.  This way habitual iReporters can build a following.  Separate videos and audio from the still images.  Some people go to Google, right-click, save and post, write their opinion, and they complain why they are not “On CNN.”  I think if iReporters can become addicted to the “On CNN” badge and this is why you have people posting comments out of jealousy.  I think being “On CNN” is great but I don’t want that to be my only motivating factor.

March 26, 2009
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@ronnieray Thanks for sending the great video! Great submission.

 

As it turns out, just to clarify, everything that submitters post automatically appears on the site, and it is the "On CNN" stamp that denotes what is selected for use.

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

zdan

Thanks for reply!

I know that, you guys know that, just wish others got it as well.

 

March 26, 2009
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Sorry - must go - Pilot chappie going to get annoyed with me!

 

Speak soon - and thanks for all the info today1

 

 

Alun

March 26, 2009
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Your right Zdan i agree 100% ireport is what we make it

March 26, 2009

@zdan: 100% agree.

March 26, 2009
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Thanks Nicole and Henry. :)

 

I have a question::

How does one become a superstar without posting?

March 26, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow dont know since im almost to new to this as well but a good qeustion how do you?

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels - juicy thoughts. Much-appreciated insight. Can you expand further on that? What is a "follow now" button? You mean for the person? We have the ability to follow an iReporter, but could this be expanded on with better placement of the following feature and general following ability improvements?

 

You and @everyone -- let's think hypothetically - should there be different kinds of stories? Should we make it easier to sort? When you go on iReport.com, do you look for other people's stories, and what kinds of things do you want to see?

 

What can we do to make it easier to find what you're looking for, and what would make it easier for iReporters to distinguish themselves?

March 26, 2009

Thanks zdan for the feedback. This is a never ending discussion. People always say "that's not news" and get de-rated and ripped for it. But the assignments are there and people have great imiginations here. I love offbeat for a change of pace.

March 26, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow -- We get that question a lot. People can become Superstars without posting by being active commentors.

The comments are a very important part of the conversation here at iReport.com and we want to encourage that.

 

March 26, 2009

nsaidi, tough quetion because there are so many people here and so many topics. Could it be sorted? It varies so much

March 26, 2009
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Time for me to move along.  Thanks for time and feedback, iReporters.

March 26, 2009
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Thanks, davidW, and nsaidi, for your replies.

 

A slight map enlargement would certainly would mean a lot to us out here, especially those few correspondents you have in this region who are putting lots of hard work into generating this content.

 

You can imagine how demoralizing the status quo makes us feel out here!!

 

(I might even argue that the number of hits would be a lot higher for these and other pieces if site visitors with an interest in the Middle East actually saw these countries listed, perhaps with flashing icons to indicate new or "breaking" posts in the news category.)

 

Allow me, please, to also second Salsteels' concerns...There's got to be a better way..

 

Thanks,

M

March 26, 2009

Are we going over?

March 26, 2009
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@AlunHill - why yes, I am feeling a lot better! LOL

 

So I thought your post was interesting. I think you and Salsteels and a lot of you other folks (as well as any contributor really) are definitely on the radar. I think your headline and copy suggestions are spot-on for getting not just our attention but fellow readers' attention.

 

All of us at Team iReport are scanning the site for anything fun and cool and awesome and then disseminating that around the network and through whatever tools are at our disposal. This doesn't mean everything gets used on CNN, but we go for what we can.

 

We're working on ways to increase users' abilities to interact with each other as well as find audiences for the content you submit. Please share ideas on how we can better get the word out and use your stuff.

 

And if you have any suggestions for fellow iReporters to help put their best foot forward on that content they're oh-so-proud-of, please share that too.

March 26, 2009
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The need for different news angles is greater than you can imagine. I used to work at Reuters and saw the real news end up on the 'cutting floor' in search of the 'correct' sound bite. We used to call this "Propaganda" and would condem those that did it. IReporters have a real opportunity to present real news from ALL view points. Please keep vigilant. All views on All topics are important. Exspecially to those without air conditioning.

March 26, 2009
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Hi everyone... I am in late... But love being here reading your comments.

March 26, 2009
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@SalSteele

Love upour 2cents

March 26, 2009
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@mitwersky -- We can zoom in on a region when we get breaking news in the area. In fact, we're doing that right now with the U.S. flooding story http://www.ireport.com/map?topicId=234904&center=46.561583,-98.165039&zoom=7&mapType=terrain.

 

We really want to find all sorts of different ways to show off our amazing content.

March 26, 2009
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@everyone Sorry I couldn't contribute more to the conversation -- it's been a hectic day! Thanks, as always, for joining the discussion. We'll see you next week!

March 26, 2009
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@nsaidi i think in depth ireporters like you guys would like a chat room setting or a IM setting maybe not idk just a sugestion

March 26, 2009

@Everyone:  Yes, the follow now button allowing iReporter to see when other iReporters post is extremely helpful.  I have a small following but I don’t feel the community is aware of how this feature works.  Also, separating video from audio from still pictures would be an awesome way to allow the community to keep up with what is going on.  I know I look for video and audio; however, people at work that may not be able to watch or listen can still read posts.

March 26, 2009
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Thanks for your response Davidw.

Can you have different levels of superstars?

 

My issue:: If they are a post superstar then I feel I can trust they have been contacted and are legitimate. Otherwise, I feel onguard and uncomfortable due to many past online experiences. Does this make sense? 

March 26, 2009
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@mitwersky - a lightbulb just went off in my head reading that - thinking of a geographic breakdown of the information is an interesting concept - what would that look like? Would you like to be able to set your profile to follow stories from certain regions or locations, for example? Or when you go to see a story, maybe have stories from that region come up? How could iReport better use geography?

March 26, 2009
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hi @EWillies1961

March 26, 2009
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Yo yo yo EWillies1961

March 26, 2009
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@salsteels yea i agree im at work and maybe video wouldnt be the best since im herebut pics and audio would work better when i look at a ireport and seperating them would help alot

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

Agree with you Chris.

March 26, 2009
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I'm going to have to jump out now but thanks all, I'll check back in a bit. Sorry for joining in late. Thanks for the feedback everyone.

March 26, 2009
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@MrRAA -- I agree that iReport.com is an opportunity for everyone to share what is news to them. It's also an opportunity for us to learn from people with different perspectives.

We've been so fortunate to hear so many great stories.

March 26, 2009

@EWillies1961 Thanks for the props!

March 26, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow - superstar classifications is something we really want to do and that has repeatedly come up. What classifications should we have, out of curiosity? I'd love to hear what folks think. How can we recognize you?

March 26, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow That's an interesting idea - do you mean like having a set of "posting" superstars and a set of "commenting" superstars?

March 26, 2009
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ciao Nsaidi :)

 

and I hope you watched ocgirls interview. She said you were the best! :)

March 26, 2009
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@everyone This was a great conversation. See y'all on the site!

March 26, 2009

@hhanks How is it going Mr. Hanks!

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels Do we need to give more awareness of following and make better use of this tool? That's something that's on our radar but we'd love to hear ideas on what to do with that.

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

rachel8

I think that is a good idea.

It has been suggested inn the past.

March 26, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow -- That's really good feedback, and we thinking about the Superstar system. I don't know what the outcome will be yet though.

March 26, 2009

nsaidi: maybe make a video on iReport.com about all the cool features and why you should join CNN iReport. maybe have some iReporters part of the video that advertises the community.

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

Can you teach spelling? lol

March 26, 2009
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Yes, posting Superstar and commenting Star.

You upgrade to a superstar once you contribute a story/post.

 

Make them work for different levels. It could be a game to many and fun.

 

I would think that CNN would want to promote/advertise posting superstars (people who contribute stories).

 

Just an idea.

March 26, 2009
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I think that the classifcation of the super star should depend on what you report on or enjoy to report like the enivorment and so forth

March 26, 2009
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@Ryn -- Sadly I'd have to learn spelling first. We have copy editors for a reason.

 

March 26, 2009
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One request... I like to answer posts. It would be efficient and lend itself to a more active comment section if

 

1. The email we receive for every comment actually had the comment.

2. We could simply reply to the comment with another

comment that gets posted like:

 

 

 

March 26, 2009
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@everybody -- I have to go, but thanks for a great discussion. We'll talk to you next Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. ET

March 26, 2009
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Actual commen in between here.

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March 26, 2009
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Precisely, nsaidi. (And thanks, davidw, for the zoom-in link, but I'd hate to have to wait for major breaking news to see my country listed on the iReport map!)

 

nsaidi, if you're talking about offering some geography-specific customization options, and it would be wonderful if what you've suggested can be implemented.

 

March 26, 2009
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@Salsteels so we have a toolkit right now http://www.ireport.com/toolkit.jspa but we'd like to beef it up. What could we add to it, and what do people really want to see and use there?

March 26, 2009
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Gotta run - thanks for coming everyone!

March 26, 2009
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Ewillies1961 pretty good idea but what about the ppl that dont check there email often like myself but if cnn set up a email or alert system maybe that could work!!

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

and spell check..when I remember to use!

Thanks for everything today folks!

March 26, 2009
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Later Davidw

 

March 26, 2009
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@EWillies1961 you know what? That is an awesome suggestion. Love it.

March 26, 2009
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The vlogger can select whether they want to be notified on each comment or not.

March 26, 2009
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Me gots ta go but thanks all, can't wait to talk next time! Great ideas and suggestions and feedback.

March 26, 2009
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hey qeustion how would you set up your own round table if you wanted to?

March 26, 2009
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Thank you for giving me an outlet to post stories.

I need to go to a meeting (salvation army - donating computers).

 

Have a great day and keep the creativity going!

Chris.

March 26, 2009
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@nsaidi

Thanks kindly.... I hope its picked up. I think IReports if CNN expands on it is a great avenue.

March 26, 2009
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Later ChrisMorrow

March 26, 2009
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Hey guys im going to be writing about secondaty education plz read and leave comments ideas and stuff

March 26, 2009
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Checking in for the 1st time but my breaks over and I have to go.....maybe next time?

March 26, 2009

To kyrogers,

Thank you very much for your good advice. I think this was the problem. )))

 

(...but now you have to wait until it's finished processing.) 

March 26, 2009
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Ryn

Posting this suggestion for sjunat55, he could not be here.

I forgot earlier.

Sorry sjunat55

He suggests:

I would suggest a system like in i-tunes, where the ratings are in the same entry as a comment box, and it identifies who's rating and commenting, Not sure if you agree with this, but I've seen, specially today a bunch of really nice posts being given the one-star downgrade. You would still be able to comment more than once, but that one rating is identified. That will hopefully stop the talentless, insecure person doing this.

sjunat55

March 26, 2009
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ooops i forgot well see  you next week

March 26, 2009
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I would like to ask CNN News, when will President Obama get the respect of being the President of the United States and not the first Black Presient. Why is his record being compared to Hillary Clinton the person he hired, how insulting is that, and why do we need to know what music he listens to. None of these things have been an important factor with any other President. Until we come together as a Nation not a color, a stimulus package want help us. The Bail out we need is Unity, not Ignorance.

March 27, 2009

I would like to thank again the IReport management for their outstanding work.

 

I still want to know what happened to user b00mer, whether he was banned or he stopped posting by himself.

 

I have been always curious why IReport allowed him so long to be an executer of Putin's propaganda on IReport, and whether this propaganda could have been tolerated to anybody else on a russian blogs site.

March 27, 2009

Another suggestion for improvement of IReport.

 

The preview function which is implemented here, would be also very useful to be used when we enter a story.

 

This may eliminate the need to re-edit a story when typos or other errors are discovered later, with less usage of the IReport computers capacities.

 

March 27, 2009
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I like doing the news in song. Without dancing of course.

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-235059

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