Friday, April 24, 2009
Your iReports, our tips: #3

When it comes to making video commentaries, gr8telephant always has a lot to say. This week he wasn’t afraid to tell us where he stood in the Perez Hilton/Miss California spat. He sided with Miss California , who does not support gay marriage, saying she should be applauded for her honesty.


Beyond stating his thoughts, gr8telephant explained why he felt this way. If people are free to voice their support of gay marriage, then people can say they support traditional marriage, he argued.



What could have taken this iReport to the next level? Record a shorter commentary. Forty seconds is perfect, and if you’ve got a little more to say, don’t go over a minute. The longer you talk, the greater the chance you’ll wind up repeating yourself. Short, succinct videos have the best shot of getting used on CNN.


When he started talking, it took him about 30 seconds to get to the main point. Trimming background information would have given gr8telephant more time to develop his argument.


Great job telling us what you think gr8telephant! See you next week with more tips.

April 25, 2009
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congratulations thanks larena

April 25, 2009
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Dear Lord I know my Ireports are more like documentaries. I find it so hard to shorten my message. I have so much information to share.

Of course I have only been reporting on a very desperate sitation that many are living in daily.

See I am typing away here still! LOL

I need to learn how to condense thoughts big time.


April 28, 2009
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Good advice..I'm listening..I've been too wordy in some of mine..LOL

April 29, 2009
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your so right if they can say what they want we can too   cats know  dogs know too which sex to mate with to reproduce so gay people watch the birds and the bees and the dogs and the cats if you cant figuare it out no gay anamials  so get it right and quit your sex it it disgustion go back in to your closets we dont want it on the streets or t.v. be a men or woman

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