Thursday, April 16, 2009
Collaborative reporting


When iReporters tell stories together, they show us how people can help each other take pieces of a puzzle and turn them into a complete whole. iReporters yadray and sjunat55 and MarieSager decided to show their individual views of the moon from their homes in Paris, New York and Los Angeles, California, respectively. Everyone can see the sky, regardless of the language they speak or the place they call home. The photo gallery they produced together shows one simple subject, the moon, in strikingly unique ways. Another project these talented photographers are examining is using colors as photographic themes. So far we've seen yellow from sjunat55, pink from yadray and orange from MarieSager.


Any time we see collaborative iReport projects, we feel inspired to think about how we can all work together. maddogza did a collaborative video asking people to vote and PunjabiPower organized a group of iReporters to say "Happy New Year" together on tape. Collaborative storytelling on is something we've been thinking about a great deal.


We want to hear from you. How can individuals use their roles, skills and resources to better explain what's going on in the news? Some folks like to take pictures, some like to write and some like to shoot video. What does a story look like from multiple perspectives? yadray says the group is eager to tell stories together and looking for ideas of things to cover together. Comment below and tell us what you think. If you have a burning desire for an iReport topic, upload your story and become the first to start the trend.

April 16, 2009
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My suggestion is to start a collaborative video iReport on motivation. What drives people in different parts of the world to follow their passions ? Especially in times of so called global crisis,  there are different ways to think about your special passion for music, arts,  science,  engineering, writing or cooking.

We can use Skype Video, self produced interviews, photo reports and sound recordings and turn it into an inspiring document.

The goal is to inform,  to show diversity and to motivate other people who might feel limited in the search for their goals in life.

April 16, 2009
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Wow, thanks Borgraeve, that's a cool suggestion. I like the idea of doing the multiple kinds of media. Why do you think people follow their passions? If you were to do this assignment, what would you cover?


Curious to hear thoughts on this. Everyone, please send along your ideas!

April 17, 2009

I think I would like to put together a collage of iReporters saying “From their city, iReport for CNN.”  It would be interesting to see how many different people we could get from different places.  Anyone interested?  I can do the editing.

April 17, 2009
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Well Nsaidi, I would look for stories on people who change environments to do jobs that are location bound...It's mostly about dealing with "limiting belief systems" or culturally transmitted boundaries people accept for their lives. By showing some examples of people who DID follow their passion, we can inspire. Think of heart surgeons, singers, tennis players like Kim Clijsters from Belgium, ...

Nsaidi, are you yourself a producer ? Where are you located ?

April 17, 2009
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Wel, Salsteels, sounds like a good plan to me. Since I'm in Belgium, squeezed in between  Holland, France, the UK and Germany, there are quite some opportunities.



April 17, 2009
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Hey Salsteels, we of course said "Go for it!" in the roundtable as you may recall. That idea could be cool.


Borgraeve, I am an iReport producer and I look at and work with this content every day. I think the idea of following your passion is a good one. As with Salsteels, I'm going to suggest that you may want to consider taking the lead on this. Share your passion, and then encourage others to do the same. We've seen small-scale movements to organize content and that's a good way to get our heads to turn. I don't know if we'd be able to do an organized assignment about this topic -- but that decision would in part be determined by community response. So I would say, in summary, try doing the story yourself and seeing how it goes.

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