Thursday, June 18, 2009
iReport roundtable: Thursday 2:30 p.m. ET

We're looking forward to talking to all of you at this week's iReport roundtable. It's been an amazing few days, and we're so excited and proud of what's been going on in our community.

 

We've talked to dozens of people in Iran, who have taken cameras, cell phones and video cameras into the streets to document the post-election coverage. Their work has been an incredibly important part of CNN's coverage of this story.

 

It's also a lesson to all citizen journalists. These men and women are telling their story, despite intense interference from the government. Your stories may not be that dramatic (in fact, we hope that none of you have to go through anything like that), but if you care about an issue, you can bet that other people will too.

 

Here are some more highlights from the week:

 

* We were thrilled by the response when we asked transgendered men and women to share their experiences. The stories were touching and most of the comments were thoughtful, respectful and mature. It's a tribute to you that people are comfortable talking about such personal issues. Thank you.

 

* iReporters MarieSager and Pixel sent photos and videos of the Los Angeles Lakers' victory celebrations and defmatnyc shared the scene outside the Staples Center after the Lakers won the NBA championship.

 

We'll open comments at 2:30 p.m. ET.

230 Comments
June 18, 2009
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Hi everyone

June 18, 2009

Greetings all

June 18, 2009

Hello World!

June 18, 2009
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Hi all!

June 18, 2009
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Hello iReportarians! :)

June 18, 2009
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Morning from LA!

June 18, 2009
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Hey everyone

June 18, 2009
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Unsure how long I will be able to take part. I am on call today and business what it is, I could be gone in a flash so...just a FYI to all of my fellow iReporters.

June 18, 2009

Interesting week with the disturbing images.

June 18, 2009
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Have an idea for an iReport entertainment video assignment: "The Street's Got Talent", this would be an International Event.  As we have "Britian's Got Talent" and "America's Got Talent", the timing seems to be right.  For those who live in Main Street Communities, we could host "Main Street's Got Talent", separate assignment.

The Public can send in their votes to iReport (a good summer intern job) and the prize is a spot on The Larry King Show or whatever fits the bill.

I've lived in many big cities and have been pleasantly entertained by "Street Performers" for years and would like to see them have an opportunity to shine.  I've been posting street performers and you can see what I'm referring to from my last "Street Performers" post.  http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-270800?ref=email  Many thanks for listening team.

June 18, 2009

What is the scoop folks?

June 18, 2009
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While we're waiting for everyone to arrive, I want to bounce a project we're working on off of you.

One of our goals is to do more collaborative story-telling projects.

What that means, is that instead of doing stories that are purely iReport material or purely CNN material, we want to combine them into a more interesting product.

 

Anybody have any thoughts about what that would look like, or what sort of stories you'd like to try it with?

June 18, 2009
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I must give a huge shout out to David. I was the lucky recipient of a major troll type of individual with some pretty horrific comments being said towards me and David and his team did a great job getting him removed. Thanks, David.

June 18, 2009

I have a few as well mab91c. Good for you.

June 18, 2009

@Davidw how about something like the My City, My Secret.  CNN and iReporters teamed up to show their city.  CNN showcased some of them.

June 18, 2009
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@MarieSager -- We talked about an iReport talent show last week. It sounds like a fun idea.

June 18, 2009
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Hello and Happy Thursday :)

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c -- I'm sorry about that. Glad to see we finally got it resolved.

June 18, 2009

Maybe CNN Live Talent and iReporters meet via webcam, CNN Live Talent acts as the anchor while the CNN iReporter shares the story they are working on.  iReport can be given a couple of days, Monday to start working on the story, have it done for a Friday show.

June 18, 2009
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Perhaps by breaking the stories down into several broad catagories, it would make things easier. I know some only go to religious or political or off beat posts so, perhaps having a seperate tab for the collaborative efforts would help.

June 18, 2009
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Howdy, everyone.

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteeles -- Sort of like that, but I think we want to take it a step further, so that iReporters play a bigger role in the development of the story.

 

 

June 18, 2009
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Hi Everybody....

June 18, 2009

Tags help to me mab91c

June 18, 2009
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Welcome, everyone

June 18, 2009

@Davidw, can an iReporter call into a Polycom phone when you are having your meetings about story ideas or how about a sign up board just like at local news stations.  Story ideas that you want someone to cover. iReporter signs up and is given a deadline.

June 18, 2009
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I don't think I'm explaining this very well, so let me go ahead and point everybody to our first project http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=273870

 

We're asking you all to interview people about the bumper stickers they have on their cars, to show what they say about the person.

 

When we combine your reporting with ours, we should get something pretty interesting.

June 18, 2009

@Davidw Some of Team iReport were emailing iReporters a week ahead of an assignment.  That gives them time to prep, etc.

June 18, 2009
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@ davidw: I'm thinking "Street Talent", iReporter's capturing unrehearsed talent, people already performing. 

June 18, 2009
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Great idea, Marie.

 

Also, how about giving assignment deadlines and than actually featuring some entries. 

 

People put effort into their iReports and some assignments just seem to linger forever or just fade away with no official end or reason.

June 18, 2009

@Davidw, the only thing I see that could be a problem is you are going to have to rely on iReporters wanting to do the story.

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels -- We are trying to put deadlines in our assignments more often. That is a great idea.

Having an online editorial meeting is an interesting idea too.

June 18, 2009
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Interesting you showed the bumper stickers idea, David. Just saw a news report on the proliferation of grossly obscene bumper stickers anymore and what that says about society in general.

June 18, 2009
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makes sense Davidw.

This is a hard story for me. I know know of anyone with a fun interesting bumper sticker.

June 18, 2009
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I don't know of anyone with a fun intersting bumper sticker.

 

(sorry, typo)

June 18, 2009
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Great suggestion, JoyfulGypsy! We gave an assignment deadline for our Main Street assignment and Rachel produced this fantastic interactive map with the iReports we received. We'll try to include deadlines whenever possible.
June 18, 2009
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I have a collaborative thought that would take several iReporters. Visit Emergency rooms in several cities and ask questions of patients, nurses with regards to insurance. Observe the environment. We can then see the differences in cities rural, urban etc. This would be a great time to get a composite of the country.

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c -- The idea came up because we've all seen somebody in traffic with an unusual bumper sticker on their car and thought"I wonder what that person's story is?"

June 18, 2009

@Davidw, What about an iReporters getting to post story ideas and then CNN follows.  A lot of times, CNN puts the assignment out and iReporters then follow.  Example: The Texas 4000 bike run is coming into Colorado.  These cyclist ride from Texas to Alaska.  Is CNN going to do a story about it?  Probably not, but an iReporter can do it and CNN can run it on CNN Live.

June 18, 2009
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A lead could then put it all together.

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c Do you remember where you saw that bumper sticker story? That's very interesting.

June 18, 2009
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Thank you, Katie.  :o)

June 18, 2009
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EWillies1961 - I think if you tried that in most ED's, you would be removed by security. That could be construed as a huge HIPPA violation.

June 18, 2009
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Lots of new assignments of late: iPhone, bumper stickers, action figure collectors --- check it out --- http://www.ireport.com/community/assignment

 

Also if you have a memory of your father to share please post tonight.

June 18, 2009
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Thanks joyful.

June 18, 2009
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@ewillies1961-

hospitals usually will not allow media in.

June 18, 2009

That wouldn't be invading privacy EWillies1961? Confidential issues. Hospitals are pretty strict with policies I would think. Just my thoughts

June 18, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- That would be an amazing story. I think we should aspire to do big stories like that.

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c, @EWillies1961: Yes please be exercise caution in those situations.

June 18, 2009
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Good afternoon everyone

 

quick question...some of these people on ireport want to make a statement on the gay community, thats cool for them, but must they video tape themselves in the nude?

this here is like a soft porn thing...

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-274784

June 18, 2009
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I saw it on (OK, everyone, don't jump on me) Bill O'Rielly report last night showing a very obvious obscene billboard for CK in Times Square. They prefaced with with the lack of civility in this country anymore. 

June 18, 2009

@Team iReport  Just on a sidenote did you see how many views the wolf cub and rottweiler got. Pets I tell you.  Billion dollar industry and a lot of people will watch.  No where is there a pet or animal heading under the assignment page.  You have tech, living, and others.  Pets generate a lot of viewership, and that is what advertisers want, eyes on the screen.

June 18, 2009

Wow ANAV

June 18, 2009
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I think there must be a non instrusive way iReporters could ask questions in the sorroundings. I mean on this subject how could we get real information on what is happening? Suggestions?

June 18, 2009
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@everyone -- Thanks for pointing out the potential legal issues, but EWillies1961 has the right idea. I know that we as a community can tell big, important stories in a meaningful way.

 

June 18, 2009
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Spon: Crazy huh?

June 18, 2009
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@Sal Yes, it was a great story! International media picked up on the adorable Rottweiler and wolf.

June 18, 2009

Yes it does. I posted about that story as well Salstees

June 18, 2009
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agreed @davidw

 

June 18, 2009
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People wanna make a statement, need to make it in a more educated way...NOT like that last video...

June 18, 2009
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@ANAV -- I haven't seen that report yet. I'll check it out after our meeting.

June 18, 2009
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Pets is a great idea.  I have a video ready to submit.  :o)

June 18, 2009
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mab91c, we have been on different sides of this issue. I would love to collaborate with you on this and anyone else. What do you think?

June 18, 2009
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Salsteels - I have done several on my pets...and I could do one a week on them. Love animals!

June 18, 2009

@Team iReport  What about getting people to stay.  All of these Iran photos are great for iReport now, but what about the community?  How many members does CNN iReport have compared to the amount of people that show up on a regular basis.

June 18, 2009

Who monitors the dead bodies, blood, gore posts? Or do you know about it when it's flagged? It seems the same ones keep getting in over and over.

June 18, 2009
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Hi Everyone... just got home.

June 18, 2009
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ANAV Nothing much different than "naked boy news"

June 18, 2009
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@David: alright, just saying since we dont know if 13 year olds browse this site, not a good idea for these people to be in the nude barely covering themselves...

June 18, 2009

@Mab91c If you make a pet story, then my family will watch!  Keep it up!

June 18, 2009
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How about asking people to submit only photographs they are personally taken to the Photo Club?  In my opinion, copying and pasting pictures off the internet dilutes the whole purpose of a Photography Club.

June 18, 2009
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@everyone We talked about a pets assignment a few weeks back and discussed that we'd want some sort of interesting angle or news peg before we created a topic. The wolf and Rottweiler story was perfect because it was cute AND newsworthy -- it's not everyday you see dogs and wolves making friends.

 

That being said, you don't need to wait for an assignment to post something on the site. If you see news -- cute or otherwise -- please share it!

June 18, 2009
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EWillies, I honestly don't think we are on different sides of this issue (many others, yes). All I am saying is you would never get any type of video feed in any major ED that I know of. I would love to collaborate with you, but d/t my job in the health care industry, I would not be allowed to. I think it would be amazing to most individuals to realize that in all major city EDs many of the people in there do not have insurance and, regardless of their ability to pay, they can not be turned away. The bill is then just sent to the government and ...we pay!

June 18, 2009
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Is there a way that the "unclaimed" can be filtered before being publicly posted?

June 18, 2009

@Davidw I know how hard it is building a community.  What is team iReport ideas on this subject?

June 18, 2009

@Katie  Come on now, Obama killing a fly is news and it was covered by everyone!

June 18, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- We are monitoring what is coming into the site. We have gotten some unpleasant photos from Iran in the past few days, but that is part of the story.

We aren't allowing gratuitous violence, but we want people to be able to tell this important story.

June 18, 2009
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I agree JoyfulGypsy as I take all my own pictures.

June 18, 2009
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Margot: LOL whatever, guys showing his crack...

June 18, 2009
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ANAV I gave up on my suggestion that the age be raised to 18. Teens should have their own area, IMO.

June 18, 2009
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@JoyfulGypsy I agree. We do ask for original material, but we can try to make that more clear.

 

I hope that everyone in this discussion knows to only upload material that belongs to them. The photo club, and all assignments, would greatly benefit from original content!

June 18, 2009
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Salsteels - Here you go. Hope your family likes it (not video, just pics) http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-267782

June 18, 2009

Oh ok. I didn't know someone dying, holes in babies and blood and gore -- with no viewer discretion was allowed. But it is. Ok.

June 18, 2009
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@davidw

I will try in a very discreet way to do a small test and see what becomes of it. Think that is alright?

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels -- I can tell you that we are approaching 300,000 registered users. I don't have the numbers of repeat users handy.

 

June 18, 2009

@EWillies, could start with going to clinics instead of hospitals.

June 18, 2009
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Hey Everybody

June 18, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- I think there are ways to tell the story without taking a camera into an ER. You might be better off just trying to talk to some doctors, nurses etc. and asking your questions off camera and then sharing what you learn.

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels

Good idea. A random clinic to make it more objective.

June 18, 2009
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I've enjoyed watching the videos and pictures this week from Iran.....although it's a reporters job to tell us and show us what's happening, their videos are REAL, not edited and filtered, it's the view from their eyes! 

June 18, 2009

It's clear katie but not everyone has access to do so. Giving credit to the author/image is accepted??

June 18, 2009
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@ewillies1961 -

Speak to the media department with the idea and try chain hospitals first. :)

 

Good luck!

June 18, 2009
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@davidw

Good point!

June 18, 2009
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@KyleHD I'm glad you have! Citizen journalism has played a huge role in telling the story. It's been incredible to watch.

June 18, 2009
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I also agree with JoyfulGypse and MarieSager. I think taking your own photos is important.

June 18, 2009

@Davidw  The reason why I brought this up because many people upload a photo of a tornado or some event, then never to return.  300,000 registered users is great for the sales dept. to use for marketing but I would say less than a thousand are actually habitual contributors.

June 18, 2009

Be careful EWillies1961

June 18, 2009
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@davidw

That is why you are the professional and iReporters the "amateurs":).

June 18, 2009
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Spontaneous has a point. I posted a iReport several weeks ago about why i believe in miracles. The first picture was of my grand daughter in the neonatal ICU with multiple tubes, lines, drains, etc. Some found that picture offensive or disturbing, but I had no way of putting viewer discretion on the one without putting it on the others showing her today. Any way to block one in a series of pictures, but not the others?

June 18, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow

Good point.

June 18, 2009
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I can interview Dr.'s here in LA, but if I ask for an interview they will want to have it posted. Just let me know.

June 18, 2009

Salsteels, some people just report those types of stories just for that one time purpose. We can't make people stay. Some people have those huge views and never return intentionally. Their choice I guess

June 18, 2009
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@Spontaneous No, even giving credit is discouraged, especially if you have not obtained permission from the person or source who owns the rights. You can refer to our Terms of Service for more information.
June 18, 2009
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@Spontaneous

My biggest fear would be the private insurance companies knocking me off .

June 18, 2009
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Perhaps copying and pasting stories, etc. is okay if you give the author/image credit in some categories, however, for the Photography Club (created for photographers) my opinion would be strictly no. 

 

What do you say to this, iReport staff?

June 18, 2009
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Hello everyone! How's the roundtable going today? :) J.Son aka NakedBoyNews!

June 18, 2009

@Ewillies Also, find some retired doctors that will tell you the story.  That could also help with the info.  See EWillies I get what you are trying to do.  Someone needs to show the world how this is really messed up but sometimes it is hard for big media to cover this because they get a lot of their revenue from drug companies who buy a huge block of time of TV.

June 18, 2009

I know EWillies1961.

June 18, 2009
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I will give you some very sage advice, EWillies; please go to the hospital media or public relations first (even to a clinic) and get a pass. They may allow you to do video with no faces; pictures with no identifying marks, etc. Always best to do that first. We went through major hoops with a hospital to allow a local ABC affiliate to film an entire organ donor from consent to management to operating room, then to the funeral of the donor. Very well done, but it was months in the making.

June 18, 2009
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SalSteels So many of the original members who were here when I first joined are gone. All the "puff" pieces has lost appeal.

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels

@Spontaneous

Acknowledged.

June 18, 2009

Then the photo club needs to be specific. If it has "before and after" on the tag, someone may want to post to that and not "as photo club".

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels -- The numbers are higher than that, but I am working hard to encourage first-time contributors to be regular contributors. Our community is very important, and I'm happy to be a part of it, but we also are a newsgathering tool.

June 18, 2009
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@JoyfulGypsy Like I said earlier, giving credit is only okay if you've spoken to the original photographer or videographer. In all cases, we want original content.

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c

Point taken

June 18, 2009

@Spontaneous  Look up fair use, if CNN doesn't want to use it then it is their choice, however, CNN does it all the time.  Whether they call YouTube to use the footage or not is a different story.

June 18, 2009

@Davidw  One of these days David, you and I are going to have a chance to talk about news of the record because I think you and I are on the same page.

June 18, 2009
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Spontaneous - On the pictures, I had one I used, but CNN called me to see if it was an original so they could use it on their site. It was not (a web free share site) so I took one of my own and replaced it. I try to use only mine or my family photos now, unless I absolutely can not. I then give full credit to the photographer/site who took the pic.

June 18, 2009
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You are right, Spontaneous.  Guidelines for submissions to the Photo Club have not been very clear.  That is why I thought I would bring it up today. 

June 18, 2009
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@everyone -- I also want to point out that some of the most compelling photos that have come out of Iran this week were shot with cell phone cameras. It doesn't take the latest, greatest high-tech equipment.

You don't even have to have a computer.

If you shoot something on your phone, you can send it to ireport@cnn.com

It will come in as unclaimed, but you can claim it and have it attached to your account.

June 18, 2009
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Thanks for the clarification, Katie.

June 18, 2009

A lot of people don't have internet access on thier cell phones.

June 18, 2009
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@JoyfulGypsy, Spontaneous Thanks for letting us know it's not clear! I've updated the text of the Photo Club assignment to specifically ask for original photographs.
June 18, 2009

Great, thanks katie

June 18, 2009

@Team iReport  Can you start listing story deadlines under the Assignments.  Also, we are going to have to talk about the incentives for iReporters to actually go out and film people about bumper stickers, etc.  Like I said before if people go out to film for iReport, use gas and their time to get 25 or 2500 views then get called names under the board, then that might not be worth it to them.

June 18, 2009
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How about an iReport "Off My Back Porch"? Similar to your town, but many people have wonderful views, landscaping, kids, pets, etc. just from their back (or front) yard/porch. Would be kind of fun to see where "we" all live and work from in this community of iReporters.

June 18, 2009

I'm sure we won't get paid for being iReporters (gas, etc.)

June 18, 2009

@Everyone, Does it feel like we are working with one hand tied behind our back or is it just me?

June 18, 2009

It's an individual choice to be here Salsteels to me. We don't work for CNN and will not get paid for doing this. The team does a great job giving assignments and options to report in my opinion.

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels -- Our deadline for the bumper sticker story is July 26th.

Part of this experiment is for us to find ways to highlight this material as we shape the story so that it will be a more rewarding experience.

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c Great idea! That's exactly the kind of collaborative storytelling we're talking about. Last year, we asked iReporters to show us the view from their window and we got a huge response! We took all the photos and videos and turned them into one of my all-time favorite features on CNN.com: A look out windows across the United States
June 18, 2009

@Sponteneous  I am not talking about payment, I am talking about Why do people do this?  Ewillies want to do a story about the hospitals, is he looking for an award or payment or is he wanting to make his community better?

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c i was thinking of something like that too.  I know last week we were talking about doing a group video and it be kind of cool to hear the sounds of everyone's backyard together!

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels

Make the community better of course.

June 18, 2009
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@davidw:  Can I still encourage people to submit "Street Talent"?

June 18, 2009

Oh, you mentioned incentives Sal.

June 18, 2009
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@everyone -- katie's too modest to point out that came up with that awesome interactive and then a great job putting it together.

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels - It seems that only those who can afford the equipment and software get attention.

June 18, 2009

@Spontaneous  By no means am I trying to rip Team iReport or sound like some greedy person but if you have an attitude of take it or leave it, most people are going to leave it. Hey, I am busting my tail to get more iReporters in Colorado.  I want more voices, it is a big state and I can't do it all by myself.

June 18, 2009
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@MarieSager -- Of course, we want to hear the stories you want to tell. The best part of our day is when we stumble on an iReport that is wonderful and unexpected.

 

June 18, 2009
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Il love the"Off My Back porch" idea  Mab91! Perfect for summer.

June 18, 2009

Didn't say you were Sal. It's ok. I hear you.

June 18, 2009
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@Margot707

 

Re: "only those who can afford the equipment and software get attention."

 

I"m sure that's not true!

 

Alun

June 18, 2009
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I think Sal has triggered an idea.  What if we make videos about iReport.  What does iReport mean to you?  After we submit our videos they could be used promotionally and maybe turned into a commercial to get people involved!

June 18, 2009
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If iReports puts out a call for the Back Porch (Front Porch), I'd be happy to do one...but it will include nature pics, my grill (Texas after all), and my dog...gotta have the dog in it or else it wouldn't be a home right? (Don't tell the cat I said so!)

June 18, 2009
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@Margot707 -- I'm sorry that that is your impression. I want everyone to have access to the tools to tell their story, whether they do it here or someplace else.

I've been doing a lot of research on this, but am open to any suggestions anyone may have.

My dream would be to have basic tools available in schools, churches, libraries, boys and girls clubs or anywhere else that people gather.

 

June 18, 2009

@Team iReport, it might be best to have a meeting a survey sent to a group of iReporters.  See why they do this, how they feel they have been treated, how the community can grow and become better.

June 18, 2009

Do it mab91c. Don't wait on the assignment. It's a great idea

June 18, 2009
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@MarieSager -- I also love street performers more than most things. It's one of the few jobs where people don't decide how much you get paid until after you do the work.

June 18, 2009

@KyleHD  great idea.  Can this be done or is there a lot of legal paperwork etc?

June 18, 2009

Did we have a roundtable a few weeks back on why we post?

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c Speaking of grills, have you uploaded to our grill master assignment? I'm working on some fun stories on CNN.com -- the series is slated to launch around July 4. As for Back Porch, we may build something like that. It's pretty similar to "view out your window," but it sounds like it may inspire some other creative ideas!
June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels -- The survey idea is a good one. I'll have to do some investigating.

June 18, 2009

@Team iReport  Look I worked in local news and I know that your team is doing a great job.  I guess what I am saying is what can iReporters and Team iReport do to make this community grow.  Not all assignments are successful but how can we change that?

June 18, 2009
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Salsteels, Margot707, et al - I'm sure that's not the case with iReports, however, having said that it does seem that certain individuals, regardless of what they post, are always "On CNN" video on a routine and or regular basis. Possibly it is their political slant (either way) or the fact that they have a lot of followers, but...it does seem strange at times to see the same 15 or so people always getting on while others rarely,. if ever, get on. I know that most of us do not do this for attention, but a little recognition from CNN is always appreciated.

June 18, 2009
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I'm late...what is street talent?

 

June 18, 2009
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How about linking photographs featured in the travel section montage to the original post when you click on the pictures?

June 18, 2009
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@KyleHD, @Salsteels @everyone -- I'm not sure if we can do the promo thing, but if you want to do posts on why you iReport, I think it would make a good discussion.

June 18, 2009
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No, Katie, I did not do the grillmaster assignement. After seeing some of those...well, I don't want to say I have grill envy...but after looking at them for a few hours, I tried to grill something and my gas had run out!

June 18, 2009

@Davidw, i don't know how many people are willing to fly to Atlanta on their own dime, but I got some vacation coming up and always wanted to go to Georgia.  I bet if you put a conference together and even charged a small fee, people would come.  You see this with blog conferences and comic book conferences all the time.

June 18, 2009
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@everyone It's 3:30 and I've got to get back to my projects. Thanks for the great assignment ideas and discussions!

June 18, 2009
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@JoyfulGypsy -- That's a good idea, but I'm not sure if it's technically possible. I'll mention it to our producers. We can probably do something to highlight that material better.

June 18, 2009
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@davidw:  Can I quote your last line on Street Performers?  It's a great line.

June 18, 2009
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@mab91c You still have time to submit! I'll be looking for iReports throughout the month. Go get some more gas for the grill! :)

June 18, 2009
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And there are certain ireporters who make outrageous and obviously controversial statements to get attention and CNN jumps on those. I'm not saying all of the time, but there is one in particular...it doesn't matter how stupid or uninformed his post his practically ALL of his posts are "on CNN."

June 18, 2009
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I am working on a series:

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-263366

 

Asked 3 questions. Keep the theme, could be fun :)

June 18, 2009
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oops! 2 questions asked.

 

 

+Why do you iReport?

+Do you have an iReport tip?

 

June 18, 2009

@Mab91c I understand what you are saying, I put a lot of work into my assignments and barely get any views.  I would like to bring attention to the stories rather than myself.  I don't know how to change this.  I do know that the clock is ticking because other media outlets are catching on to this revenue stream and are starting to build the structure.

June 18, 2009
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@Salsteels -- We would definitely like to have a iReport convention at some point. That's as far as we've gotten though. Fingers crossed though.

June 18, 2009

Good luck on the conference. Some people don't get vacation time, time off, in the recession $$ is tight.

June 18, 2009

@NehemiYah  I think I know who you are talking about.

June 18, 2009
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Sorry I'm late guys. Kids and summer make for a bus day.

June 18, 2009

@Spontaneous  Not all but some people do and they will come.

June 18, 2009
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I think for the most part, we (the collective we) post to express our views and to try to get our point of view out there, regardless of the message. I know it is frustrating for some to listen or read with an open mind toward the "other side" but it does help at times. I hope she won't mind me pointing this out but for example, Margot707 and I do not see eye to many things political, but we do see eye to eye on many social items. I love that about iReports. I hate the fact that many on iReports resort to inflammatory language, race/gay/religion/political baiting, etc. It's actually OK to have a difference of opinion with someone. That doesn't make either a bad person.

June 18, 2009

Great Sal

June 18, 2009
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I would go.

June 18, 2009

@Adriana Sorry about the Shuttle!

June 18, 2009
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Salsteels - I'll have to follow you then. At least you'll get a "hit" once in a while!

June 18, 2009
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@NehemiYah: Street Performers are artist, musicians, actors, singers who perform on the street as opposed to the stage.  Sorry for the delayed answer as I have a hard time keeping up with the thread.

June 18, 2009
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I read all the post so far, some really good ideas. I'm headed to Wallop Island, Va this week to photograph the Max launch abort test. Is that something Ireports would like to see?

June 18, 2009
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Have a great day, everyone.  Gotta go.  :o)

June 18, 2009

@Spontaneous  Everything going ok today?

June 18, 2009
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@NehemiYah -- We want to give everyone a chance to share their opinions, stories and we try to get as many new people involved as we can.

June 18, 2009
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See ya in the funny pages!

June 18, 2009

@Mac91c  You mean "On CNN?"

June 18, 2009

Couldn't be better. I am awesome Sal -- you??

June 18, 2009
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@adriana71 -- Welcome. I don't know what a max launch abort test is, but it sounds cool and probably loud.

June 18, 2009
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Bye, have a good day.  Thanks.

June 18, 2009
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@everyone -- Bye everyone. Thanks for a great week and a productive meeting.

 

June 18, 2009

@Spontaneous  Uh, yeah, you just sound a little tense.

June 18, 2009
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I emailed the pictures of my Dad to @hhanks. Thanks guys for putting the CNN tag, my dad is going to love it!

June 18, 2009
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@David - Not one of my reports were featured since I had no "original material" at first. I didn't own anything besides my computer. Then I bought a cheap camcorder, and used it a few times. But iReports limits uploads to 100MB so most of my videos can't be uploaded. It's been frustrating.

June 18, 2009

Not at all Sal. Not sure this roundtable should be about this though huh??

June 18, 2009
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ciao everyone!

June 18, 2009
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One thing you can do to help the community grow with higher quality material is offer monetary compensation for certain stories. Maybe have competitions. It seems to me that CNN is receiving a wealth of information, pictures and video free of charge. Whereas in the past freelancers would have opportunities to make some extra cash now everyone is just excited to be on television. That dilutes the quality. I enjoy posting, but would compensation for professional quality work be out of the question?

June 18, 2009

@Margot707 maybe we can do something about that.  A lot of people know about the tech stuff around here and are willing to help you out.  It is not going to be easy and it will take a lot of patience.

June 18, 2009

Margot707 I see just pictures/non-original stuff get "On CNN" all the time.

June 18, 2009

@Spontaneous  Well, when Team iReport puts a topic or rules about the roundtable then that is when we should follow them.  When it is open forum, then I guess we can talk about "This."

June 18, 2009
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@Margot...You can get a free download of MPEG Streamclip. That will enable you to compress your files to required maximum of 100mb. Of course, it would be better if they could increase the max to about 250 or 500MB...but that's just my opinion.

June 18, 2009
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@Margot707

 

I agree with Salsteels - many of us, including me, will be more than happy to help you.

 

Alun

June 18, 2009

Now that sounds tense. I am sorry you are upset/stressed. Have an awesome day Sal! :-)

June 18, 2009
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@Margot707 @Spontaneous is right, I believe you have to make sure to be provide credit to who took the picture or at least where you got it from.

June 18, 2009

@Spontaneous  You too.

June 18, 2009

And that is totally agreed on adriana71.

June 18, 2009
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Ciao my fellow Ireporters laundry is calling my name.

June 18, 2009
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@Marie, thank you...and it's very hard to keep up for me too!

June 18, 2009

Is the win win situation turning into a give and take?  To be continued...

June 18, 2009
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My fist  ireport discussion. I have many things to add, but hard for me to keep up.

Thanks everybody! Bye

June 18, 2009
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@Pixel

 

Welcome - it's best to press your "refresh" button (or F5) every minute or so to keep up!

 

Alun

June 18, 2009
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Margot do you have a Mac or a PC?

June 18, 2009
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Thanks, AlunHill, I need all the help I can get! I will give it a try next time.

June 18, 2009

Life's too short -- Enjoy your day all! Take care--

June 18, 2009
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Ryn

Missed the entire meeting, but I sure like what I have read. So many wonderful ideas and suggestions from everyone.

Marie, I love the Street Performers idea and of course  anything pet realated I am all about.

I 100% agree photo club should be original work.

Everyone have a good weekend y'all are awesome!

 

June 18, 2009
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Well I blew it..

Didn't make it 'at all'~!.. :\

 

June 18, 2009

Don't you mean "suffering succotash!"

June 18, 2009
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hi i though there wasn´t a meeting today i missed it well take care thanks kisses larena

June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day to all Fathers!

June 21, 2009
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hello

June 22, 2009

downwithahma, just joined 6/21/09? Mmmm, welcome

June 23, 2009

Who at CNN's monitors and cleans up the FLOOD of double posts from unclaimed?? If we do it, we get an email.

June 23, 2009
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Hi; as a youthful (see I have to add that in today's world) 72 year old, writer, artist, planning to teach ESL overseas, I just want to urge you as Ireport continues to evolve, not to wallow in the trivial like so much of what we see on television. The reports (and ways and means of this) coming in from Tehran are amazing. As one who was born during the depression era, can recall WWII (and have written of some of this in my recent novel, Code of the Running Cross), and was an activist during the 60'ies, I am incredibly impressed by the courage of people, young, older, women and men who are standing up for their "freedom to be" in Iran.

Recently, doing a writers workshop for people between the ages of 65 and 100 (my oldest participant was 97), on of the writers, and Iranian immigrant, revealed stories of his experience during Iran's last revolution. (...and I do think this is a "revolution" - certainly one of mind and spirt and action, one that will take it's place some day in history along with our struggles to overcome racism, our own civil war, the revolution of the French people, etc) It was an incredible revelation, being privy to this man's view of the old Iran, and comparing it the reports coming in from the "new" Iran.

 

CCN/Ireport assignment desk: please, let's have some meaninful assignments coming forth from y'all!

thanks,

claudia

 

 

June 24, 2009

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June 27, 2009
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Ok Michael was a much loved icon and a very troubled young man but can we get back to the real news that matters?

July 8, 2009
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My husband recently made front page of the Washington Wenatchee World saluting the troops with is tattoos. This is the you tube videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H-QsqtIm1g and I have the pics from the paper, I think it would be a good story according to my son who is serving in Bagdad Iraq, but coming home next month, he is 19, been in service since 17, he says AFN is what he watches. Anyway I have the pictures if you want them or I can send a link to them.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_S6grtkwJzX8/SlAFkQB52cI/AAAAAAAAAFY/DdJWev3DP7I/s1600-h/ww1.jpg andhttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/_S6grtkwJzX8/SlAFkzs12sI/AAAAAAAAAFg/56OemqG-OsE/s1600-h/ww2.jpg Hope there is something there for you I would not have written except my son suggested it.

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