Thursday, July 09, 2009
iReport Roundtable: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET

It's been another great week here at iReport.com and we want to thank you again for all your amazing contributions. We're looking forward to talking to you all today.

 

Before we get started, I want to point out some of the great content you helped produce:

 

* We asked you to send your questions for the "Harry Potter" cast, and today we got their answers.

 

* Katie profiled some dedicated Eggheads, one who even cooks out in the snow.

 

* We also got a dramatic view of the unrest in Iran through the eyes of the Iranian people.

 

We're also working on some cool projects. The 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing is coming up and we want you to share your memories. We'd also like to see your action figure collections  (in honor of the new "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers" movies) and to hear when you knew that your spouse was the one for you.

 

We will open comments at 2:30 p.m. ET.

232 Comments
July 9, 2009

Greetings

July 9, 2009
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Hi everyone. Hope you've had a good week

July 9, 2009
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Hello from sunny San Diego :)

July 9, 2009

Howdy All!

July 9, 2009

Thanks Kyle and the team for the uploading improvements! Posts load SUPER fast!! :-)

July 9, 2009

Hello all from DC

July 9, 2009
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Hi everyone!

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

Hi y'all!

July 9, 2009
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Greetings from Sunny South Carolina.

July 9, 2009
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hey folks

 

July 9, 2009
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@Spontaneous -- Not sure if Kyle will be able to make it to the roundtable, but we'll pass on the message.

July 9, 2009
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hey guys and gals! so what we chattin' about? lol

July 9, 2009

What is the story for today?

July 9, 2009

@davidw -- Thanks!

July 9, 2009
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hey guys

July 9, 2009
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Here's something we'd love to discuss: How can we get more newcomers on iReport.com? We'd love to expand and enrich the community! What do y'all think?

July 9, 2009

@davidw

Do you think it is time for an assignment on the health care debate and the direction things are going in on the issue?  Something like who or what is stalling the health care debate and vote would be a great start.

July 9, 2009

@Zdan, what is team iReport doing about getting newcomers?

July 9, 2009
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Is it possible to run an ad of some sort...maybe state "ireport...do you???"

 

 

July 9, 2009
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zdan - when are the iReport commercials/promos coming out?

July 9, 2009
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Hi, all.  @Spontaneous Thanks for the feedback on upload speed improvements -- I've passed your comments on to the rest of the team.

July 9, 2009
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Then you could follow that up with check out what's new on CNN ireports where you are the news...???

July 9, 2009

I think it's a plus when CNN or any of your affiliates announces on their reports to join in on iReports or upload your stories. With all the news lately, a lot of people are watching the news (CNN on TV). That's a good way to get people to join to me.

July 9, 2009

Cool, thanks Kyle!

July 9, 2009

@Zdan, Also, what about getting iReporters to stay? Many have left or are not participating as much as they used to.

July 9, 2009
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@davidjw -- I would encourage you to post your thoughts on the subject.

July 9, 2009

@zdan...

That is a great idea.  One way to do so is to advertise some exclusive ireport commercials as well as making it an assignment.  "What is an Ireporter"? Why Ireporting is a stimulating way to be a part of what happens in your world...

July 9, 2009
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It might help to let people know the importance of telling one's own story.

July 9, 2009
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@Sal In June we had the most new iReport users ever! In terms of getting new members, we've reached out through Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and other social media, asking for iReports. And, to be honest, breaking news events bring out a lot of new faces. Our other mechanism is by posting new assignments. For example, grill masters and urban gardening bring out people from specific interest groups.

July 9, 2009
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ireport promo idea:

I'd love a hat :)

Sunny her in San Diego. hint hint :)

July 9, 2009

How do you get someone to stay? Some wanted to leave or not be here as often (can't make people stay or come back (not banned that is). Fresh new iReporters is always a plus

July 9, 2009
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Hey everyone.  I don't necessarily think there is an issue with new people coming, it's keeping them.  I've seen so many new people lately, I mean we saw a lot a few weeks ago from Iran, but even lately I've seen a lot more just local, but they tend to just do one report and kind of leave it and we never hear from them again or it's just awhile until we do

July 9, 2009
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@Salsteels -- We definitely hope that new users will keep coming back. We get a lot of people who join because of a breaking news event and then fade away when the event is over. I do go through and email folks who haven't been on the site for a while and let them know that we miss them.

July 9, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow I'll respond to your question about the promos. We were really excited to see the first one (featuring kyleTV) on TV recently. As for the others, we're not sure, but we'll let you know when we see them!
July 9, 2009
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I love being an iReporter!  It is great to give my views and opinions and get feed back on them.  I love giving my opinion on other reports and gaining a friend in the process! I absolutely love the intellegence in here!  I tell people all the time to get on and start up their own blogs and opinions. It is a great way to vent views!  I like the word of mouth idea to get more people to report!

July 9, 2009

@Zdan, to be honest, the Iran media blackout brought you a lot of new iReporters in June. You asked to do a bumper sticker report. Have iReporter go out and actually interview and then work with CNN Live on this story. How did that turn out...

July 9, 2009
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@everyone -- I would be interested to hear if anyone has ideas of things we can do to encourage people to stay involved.

July 9, 2009
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@bonbon44 Word of mouth is ALWAYS great promotion! Thanks for spreading the word.

July 9, 2009
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Quick question, is it possible to actually name the month a story was published on a ireporters "my stuff" as oppose to "1 month ago" or whatever month?

 

I guess what I am asking for is a way to easily identify when a story was posted.

July 9, 2009

@davidw...

I must report that the community policing has been supurb.  I am actually finding myself dialoging instead of arguing.  The recent newbies are really follwoing the script of the TOS.  This is how it should be...

July 9, 2009

@Davidw, you truly a scholar and a gentleman. People really appreciate your emails that show them that they are important to the iReport community.

July 9, 2009

An iReport bus (big logo, etc) that goes around to sign people up and get the word out. Hit the college campuses and downtown areas in cities. Just an idea.

July 9, 2009
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Hey gang, feeding off of @zdan and @salsteels - some great news to share from June. Nearly 29K new users registered for iReport.com in June, and increase of 242% vs previous month. And domestic page views increased by 49%, with 16.6M page views. Hats off to everyone!

July 9, 2009
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hello everyone

July 9, 2009
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@davidjw -- That's good to hear. We've noticed a difference too.

July 9, 2009
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@Spontaneous Not sure we have the budget for that right now! But kudos for thinking big ;)

July 9, 2009
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@Spontaneous That would be cool, I'll go around with the bus and get people going, it'd give me a great job! Promote one of my favorite sites, and see the country!

July 9, 2009
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There has to be a community atmosphere for people to stay involved. Otherwise, it will be a novelty to them. They like it for 2 months get bored and leave. Do you track the length of time reporters are here?

July 9, 2009

@Tyson, how many people have left or have not contributed for a period of 3 months or more?

July 9, 2009
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Reports are being flooded in right now from unclaimed.

July 9, 2009
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iReport idea:

what about iReport tv?

using one of the channels on cnn.com/live

 

and using one or more of the iReporters to be the hosts.

More involvement opportunities for iReporters will bring more people.

July 9, 2009

I understand katie. I guess I meant when CNN already goes out on assignments. The company vehicle they drive in could be it for starters.

July 9, 2009
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perhaps a smaller promotion of a free ireport t-shirt if you reach a certain number of reports??

July 9, 2009
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CNN has iReports on all the time, i think after one is aired they should tell the viewing public that it is a free and interesting way to get information out to the public!  I stumbled upon it when I desperately wanted to say something to the whole world and I remembered a CNN iReport the previous evening that said that iReporters are every day people with views in politics and daily issues and that it was free!  I found it and have had a great time ever since!!!  Maybe a bigger Icon on CNN's main page or a bit more visible!

July 9, 2009
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Hey @Salsteels,

Our bumper sticker assignment, and a few others, we're put on hold while we focused on Iran and MJ.

We're looking forward to rekindling some of our previous projects. Of course, bumper stickers might not be an assignment that resonates with our community. Would love to hear your thoughts on how we can make it sing.

July 9, 2009
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It would be VERY helpful if iReporters were able to edit their comments! This might help reduce the need for some to post multiple times in a row.

 

Also, a search feature that allows for users to see all comments made by other users (tied to their profile page) would be helpful for keeping track of those you are following.

July 9, 2009

The date we sign up on the profile it seems robjh1

July 9, 2009

@davidw...

One way to keep people involved is by making them a part of the issues of the day.  Once the network has developed what its top stories of the day are, then garner the best take from those ireporters.  Especially those that afrew directly affected by the developments of the stories via neighborhood, community or state...That will also include breaking video news from an ireporter on the scene of an event...

July 9, 2009

@Team iReport, what about having some iReporters as developers. Software companies go to users all the time to get feedback. I know this is what the roundtable is for but can this be expanded?

July 9, 2009
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ChrisMorrow!  I would love to be the host!  LOL  sign me up!

July 9, 2009
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Yo peeps, how are you? Jumping in from upstairs...

July 9, 2009
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@robjh1 -- I agree totally about the community atmosphere. I know that a lot of people have made friends here and that's been a great side benefit.

One thing that I think would help with that would be for everyone to send a little note or make a comment when you see that other members of the community are doing good work.

 

 

July 9, 2009
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I like @ChrisMorrow's idea, I was thinking something like that as well awhile back.  I mean I know we have iReport for CNN with Errol Barnett, but I think it would be cool to have a show of iReports, by iReporters.

July 9, 2009
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iReport idea:

 

iReport booths at festivals

(like you did during the election)

July 9, 2009

WOW Reason4Doubt!

July 9, 2009

Thanks KyleHD

July 9, 2009
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hi everyone

July 9, 2009

@Tyson, I would get one or two iReporters to do the bumper sticker assignment. Maybe tell them that they will be on CNN Live. Once you get people doing the assignment, they usually go off on their own social networking sites to promote their work. Other iReporters will get a visual.  Some might say, heck, that looks like fun or maybe they treat it as a competition to make a better report. I have found once people start showing some work, others get involved. Think small to get big I guess.

July 9, 2009
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Reason4doubt, that is exactly what I would love to see.  I post a comment on someones report and then I hav eto search them up to see what was said to me or what other comments were posted.  I go to a lot of reports and many times I will make a comment and can't remember all that I commented about and I can't find them again!  very frustrating!

July 9, 2009
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davidw hi thanks for your pm

July 9, 2009
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@Reason4Doubt -- We'll have to think about editing comments. I have mixed feelings about it. I can see why people would want to be able to fix typos and clarify what they're saying. But on the other hand, people could say something terrible to another user and then change the comment later so any response sounds like an attack.

 

I'm not ruling it out, but we'll have to give it some thought.

 

July 9, 2009
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it would be a great idea to have a search on the top for any ireporter superstar or not and i agree there are a lot of unclaimed posts thanks

July 9, 2009

I agree davidw -- about editing comments

July 9, 2009
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i have to go wish all a great time kisses from jeke and me

July 9, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow The iReport kit travels to some places where people might have something interesting to say about a news event. Are there ways that we could better use this resource (like -- what could these people bring to the table)?

 

As for a live channel, that's a great idea. We're looking into different ways to show off all your great stuff. Let's keep the ideas coming. And we'll keep looking into new opportunities.

July 9, 2009
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An easy fix might be to make the "Recently Viewed" list bigger. Sometimes I just look at way too many iReports and the ones I have commented on will disappear from my list =)

 

Better yet, maybe have a "Recently Commented On" list.

July 9, 2009

There is already a field for searching any iReporter larena

July 9, 2009
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iReport idea:

 

as one who is constantly #1 on iReport I have never been featured on cnn.com/ireport

(if this is frustrating for me then I am sure it is  frustrating for many others)

July 9, 2009
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@everyone -- The unclaimed posts come in from cell phones. The idea is that they come in unclaimed and then users can create an account and claim the story to link it to their account.

We're working on a better system.

July 9, 2009

Wow ChrisMorrow

July 9, 2009
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@davidw:ireports must become more user friendly and interactive. We must be able to manipulate (well not in the essence of the word) but categorize...filter what we see and what to see. Better search engines. Finding an ireporter in the search menu is often difficult. All the features of ireport must be made know like the ireporters world map. I only found out two days ago about the top 30 list for ireporters. Maybe it was in the rules and regs. but that's the proverbial small print.  And I can't say this enough, a global and community atmosphere doesn't include every time I post a story it gets featured on CNN (no one is that good nor what they have to say). Trust me ireporters grow weary of this, but if it is to be clearly explain the process for others to be featured.

 

 

July 9, 2009

@Team iReport  What about having a face to face meeting?  Have a small group of iReporters that are ABLE to fly to Atlanta on their own dime and meet with team iReport for 5-6 hours discussing ideas and promotions in their neck of the woods?

July 9, 2009
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@Reason4Doubt -- Expanding the recently viewed list and recently commented lists are excellent ideas.

I'll add those to our wish list.

July 9, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow Of course you've been featured! We definitely value your contributions. That page has been around for more than a year, and if I remember correctly, we featured you early on. We try to highlight new folks on that page and avoid repeat iReporters.

July 9, 2009

You can just click on iReporters at the the top of the page robjh1 to see the Superstar board. I find the search engine for others great. LOL

July 9, 2009
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What about a conference (chat) room for discussions between participants. This might have been suggested. Do more with the "my stuff page". Allow some creativity with the way it is set-up (this could be a bit much).

July 9, 2009

@ChrisMorrow, Love the attitude; however, how do you get all those interviews with the Celebs, and get into events that you need a press pass for....

July 9, 2009
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iReport idea:

 

I promote my posts by digg.

It would help if the iReport staff would digg the post too.

 

I am usually the only one to digg my posts.

Digg can be powerful to bring people if used.

July 9, 2009

@Team Ireport...

The assignments are fine.  I have concluded that the Sound Off Assignment, is one of the best ways to maintain issue oriented participation centered around viewership of the network, or items covered on HLN.  The full throttle of this endeaver is icreasing ireport participation.  Also, remember that it is summer and a lot of people have decided to take time off so they can return fresh once the fall season begins.  All is good because participation will increase as fall becomes imminent...

July 9, 2009
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@robjh1 -- We are looking at ways to make the site more user friendly. We'd love to hear any ideas to make the site better.

July 9, 2009

I think everything should be in the open on the main page and not separate chat rooms. Just my thoughts

July 9, 2009
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@spont: right but I wasn't aware of this and didn't venture to click, as I had other pressing matters (posting on my mind). Probably just me not being inquisitive for if it doesn't jump out with bright colors I will keep moving.

July 9, 2009
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@robjh1

July 9, 2009
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Whew! Better late than never! Hi Room!

July 9, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow -- That's a good idea. To be honest, I don't really use digg myself. I should probably be embarrassed by that fact, but instead, I'm going to promise to give digg another shot.

July 9, 2009

I've never heard of digg, used it or know anyone that does

July 9, 2009

Wow, a plane ticket to the ATL, hotel, food, gas -- expensive.....

July 9, 2009
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digg and stumble upon.

July 9, 2009

@Team iReport, I really really really think you should look at MySpace as an example of a site that was huge 4 years ago. Right time and right place, but what happened to MySpace.  Why are they now struggling?  Did they not put enough money into their infrastructure, did they start upsetting their user base?  All of these things can hurt a digital community.

July 9, 2009
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@salsteels

 

I have a press pass. I work as a photojournalist and this is a way for me to learn the craft of video and be promoted nationally.

 

Let me tell you, it is hard work. I spend hours upon hours working to promote iReport in a professional way and encourage others to join and participate.

 

Citizen Journalism is very important and I want to lead the way. :)

July 9, 2009

@Spontaneous  Hey, I put ABLE in CAPS because I know we did this dance last time.

July 9, 2009
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@robjh1 Doh! The computer ate my comment. What I mean to say is: (geek on) if you right-click the thumbnail picture for a story and choose Properties, the browser will show you the URL the picture comes from, and that URL has the original story date in year/month/day format. (geek off)

July 9, 2009

Great....

July 9, 2009
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@SalSteels -- We'd love to have an iReport convention, but we don't have anything planned at this point.

I hope it will happen some day, but in the meantime, I would encourage folks to have iReport meetups in their communities.

 

It would be a good way for folks to meet other members of the iReport community and share tips and just get to know each other.

July 9, 2009
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@davidw

 

Gold star for giving digg a try :)

July 9, 2009
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@kyrogers Even I didn't know that! Haha, thanks for sharing that tip.

July 9, 2009
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MelissaF and larena live close by me, maybe we should meet up.

July 9, 2009
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I am a very lonely iReporter in Jacksonville...

But thats cool for those of yall who are within a general metro area! I would do that.

July 9, 2009

@ChrisMorrow, you are preaching to the choir. I am not some blogger that decided to pick this up as a hobby 6 months ago.  I have been doing this stuff for about a decade. I have always offered any help to others but sometimes I feel the iReport community is very self-serving rather than for the overall Citizen Journalist cause.

July 9, 2009
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I don't know...you could all be serial killers!

July 9, 2009
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@KCRep -- Let us know if you do.

July 9, 2009
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@kyrogers: thanks!

July 9, 2009
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Reason4Doubt -- I would encourage people to meet in a public place.

July 9, 2009
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I will, and I forgot, ANAV doesn't live to far either, and Chris Morrow too!

July 9, 2009
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@GoldenEst82 That's why you should encourage your friends to join in! If you see an assignment that would be of interest to a friend, please spread the word. A lot of the iReporters in the grill masters assignment let their fellow grillers know about iReport.com.

July 9, 2009

@robjh1...

Just hook up the video camera and your there.  Your right about most ireporters seeing too much of the same ireporter.  Nonetheless, it encourages others to pick up the video camera and share their spin.  The Ireport team is famous for giving the other side of the spectra the opportunity to speak...  I applaud the Ireport Team for that...

July 9, 2009
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iReport idea:

 

If anyone would like to join me at Comicon (I'd love to colab and show you around).

 

Would be a great opportunity for an iReport meetup. :)

 

I've been on many scifi panels throughout the country for webcams (back in the day) and iReport panels would be great. I offer my time if you want to further this idea. Even going to schools with assignments (iReport could donate an iReport camera)

July 9, 2009

@Davidw How many other people do you know having iReport Meetup in their community besides yours truly? If the Iran elections didn't show the top brass at CNN how important iReport is and they don't want to increase your budget for expansion, then why are people going to spend the time and the $144 dollars a year to start a Meetup for CNN iReport?

 

I believe some iReporters are getting a little frustrated and that is no bueno!

July 9, 2009
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Some iReporters to keep an eye on: @TimothyDark, @bettiereport, @TJCIII, @Eradicator, @oluwatosinog, @wojtek

July 9, 2009

@hhanks will do.

July 9, 2009

ChrisMorrow has had plenty iReport Meetups.

July 9, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow I'll be in SD from Saturday through Monday. Let me know if you want to meet up. An iReport panel would be awesome someday. We went to ATL's Dragon*Con last year (roving around) and will probably have some presence again this year. I love a good Con.

July 9, 2009
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hhanks: Is that the list of iReport serial killers? =P

July 9, 2009
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TJC111 is a great reporter.

July 9, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow *for Comic Con I will be in SD

July 9, 2009

"Keep an eye on" hhanks? What does that mean?

July 9, 2009
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@salsteels

 

My #1 rule::

have no expectations from iReport

 

I enjoy what I do and love to encourage others.

 

Others who believe as we do will show up and participate eventually. Just be patient :)

July 9, 2009

@ChrisMorrow, if Team iReport doesn't have the budget for a convention, do you want to put together one in San Diego? I will fly out there.  Spontaneous can drive as well as Mel, DPK, and Naked Boy news is in Vegas. We probably can get at least 5 or 6 people.

July 9, 2009
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@Salsteels -- I'm sorry to hear that you are frustrated. I report is a very important part of CNN and the iReport community is very important to us.

July 9, 2009
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Some examples of recent iReporters who caught our eye since we were on the topic of new people, that's all. Sorry for the confusion.

July 9, 2009
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I've been semi-interested in Comicon. Although I'm not big into comics, I do play my share of D&D. Where is it located?

July 9, 2009
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Hi everybody.... I am late

 

July 9, 2009
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Lol, I am an unemployed single mom..I have no friends. :)

 

I promote iReport by sending people there if they want to know what is really going on in a conflict. It is real people and real lives, not scripted and "media friendly" visuals. It is NOT filtered...it is as close as the US gets to the kind of visual reporting we often only see overseas.

July 9, 2009

Hi everyone.

 

@ChrisMorrow: Love your videos, especially the celebrity interviews -- you always manage to get them off guard, which few interviewers seem to do lately.

 

@everyone: I think it's a great idea to pursue the point/counterpoint iReport topics some of you have been talking about. But I also think we need to be careful not to simply create a false dichotomy for the sake of doing so. If one person posts "Gravity exists" we don't need someone thirty minutes later replying directly with a video that says "Actually, in my home state gravity does not exist" etc.

 

The point/counterpoint seems like an awesome idea for political issues or for entertainment stuff (like the Jay vs. Conan a while back) but seems less useful if we are just going to make counterpoints to someone's opinion. That'd be like creating an editorial page in response to the editorial page, which is something (I believe) newspapers tend to avoid.

July 9, 2009
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@Salsteels......count me in, I'm about 100 miles from SD.

July 9, 2009

@KyleHD you up for an iReport face to face?

July 9, 2009
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@nsaidi - salsteels -

 

sure, let me host the first iReport meetup.

Shall we work on it together?

 

July 9, 2009
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@Salsteels Always! You just tell me where and when, and I'll find a way to get there! :)

July 9, 2009

I work 60+ hrs a week and travel back and forth from east to west. It's hard for me.

July 9, 2009
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Thanks David.

July 9, 2009

@Davidw I didn't say I was frustrated, I said I believe some iReporters are getting frustrated. I could be wrong. Dude, I am still here, if I was frustrated I would have gone to Fox News!

July 9, 2009
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@Reason4Doubt - Comic-Con is in San Diego... all kinds of activities and events go on that weekend, all revolving around pop culture in general. Excellent opportunity for iReporting ;)

July 9, 2009

@ChrisMorrow, if you host in your city, I expect a good/cheap place that has beer!

July 9, 2009
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@everyone -- We'd also encourage you to let us know if your ever going to be in Atlanta. We'll try to have you in. Can't promise because of breaking news and the like, but we'll do our best.

July 9, 2009
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@reason4doublt

 

huge d&d at comicon

it takes over the city.

July 9, 2009

@Spontaneous Ok, well I am just throwing things wildly out there!

July 9, 2009
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I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, I might have and if I did then you can ignore it, but in case I didn't, I think it would be cool to get a page of big events coming up, that might give us ideas to go and ireport at some event.

July 9, 2009
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@Davidseaman

 

I agree heartily. I think that we (the iReport commuity) would have a unique edge to other media, by being real people who find a commonality in a dividing situation, or a compromise in the midst of a heated issue. I think this is possible in a realm of millions, to find people smart enough to be civil and just and fair-minded.

 

I think we will not get anywhere debating along ideological or political lines...

 

But that could just be me...

July 9, 2009
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davidw: Do you still have that awesome Marriott across the street? =)

July 9, 2009
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@KyleHD -- Calendar is an excellent idea. adding to list.

July 9, 2009

@Davidw Is a face to face meeting with iReporters a huge liability concern for CNN?

July 9, 2009
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hey gang, chiming in late on this convention idea. We've wanted to host one in Atlanta forever, but bringing in iReporters from across the country is no small undertaking.

 

I think the key is to start with local meet-ups.

 

And if any of you are ever in Atlanta. Please let us know. You might just get the behind-the-scenes tour.

 

July 9, 2009
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@KyleHD

Great idea.

July 9, 2009
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@salsteels

many great cheap places for beer

Tivoli, waterfront, etc. :) (I know all the downtown spots). + I have a fantastic rooftop patio downtown (perfect meetup/party spot)

 

But, here is the problem. comicon is sold out and i would be surprised if you could find a hotel room close by.

 

 

July 9, 2009
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@KyleHD A "coverage plan" of sorts would be a neat thing to have. It would be cool if someone could start one as I don't know that it's our place to create a big calendar of possible stories. But definitely something to consider. What kinds of improvements could we make to the assignment desk or other places that would make it easier to find story ideas? Or maybe a calendar of our assignments?

July 9, 2009

@GoldenEst82: Thanks. Yes, I think it'd be great if debates could be held in real time or in-studio somewhere so that by the end compromise is possible, or greater understanding.

 

One static video responding to another static video has many good uses, to be sure, but is no match for live discussion.

 

Like the CNN.com LIVE interviews; those are great because two iReporters can hash it out in real time, and learn new things about the "other side's" views.

July 9, 2009
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@Salsteels -- I wouldn't think it would be a liability. I would encourage everyone to treat it like a blind date and take proper safety precautions.

 

July 9, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow I'm on the hunt for a hotel right now... but that's another story for another day. Probably gonna stay somewhere a bit of a ways away.

July 9, 2009
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@nsaidi

 

I will email you about comicon.

July 9, 2009
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@davidseaman, @GoldenEst82 -- We're working on better ways for users to engage each other on video.

July 9, 2009
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How about looking out for all ireport stories. Naming only a few is exactly what a community doesn't want to do. We should focus on the talent of all, otherwise you will left with only a few people in the neighborhood. Akin to the church atmosphere: those that are closer to God then some.

July 9, 2009
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Hey, something else we've tossed around. How cool would it be to have an iReport photo exhibit?

July 9, 2009
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Nix comicon then

July 9, 2009
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@davidw

Have the developer actually started designing?

July 9, 2009
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@@davidw

The video debate that is....

July 9, 2009

@ChrisMorrow, yeah won't be able to meetup for ComicCon but maybe on another weekend.  Any group that takes off has to have a face to face. YouTube did it, MacWorld, ComicCon, it is essential now. That is way I am pushing it.  It might be no small undertaking, but it is essentail.

July 9, 2009

@everyone...

It was not my intention to advocate point/counterpoint postings for the sake of doing so.  However, if there has been a point made that is contrary to fact or belief, then it should be acceptable for this practice and the ireport team should support that.  We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.  This method works well.

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

Okay so what about those of us that

have limited equipmemt, little or no journalistic training, do not live in New York, Hollywood or Washington DC. Have no access to celebrities, famous places or  live where the action is.

Most iReport assignments given are as "our own" point of view on the topic, how we view things.

Are we to assume our posts are of no value? I mean if journalism is not our number one goal? We just enjoy the site and enjoy participating in the assignments.

I always thought from the begining iReport was for evryone, from all walks of life.

Frustrated? Mmmm maybe a little.

July 9, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- We're still testing video platforms.

July 9, 2009
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@Nsaidi

 

If we were to submit calendars of events for our areas to you, yall can go through and create databases of what and when, arraigned by news-worthiness. It could be searchable by area and month/date.

 

@tyson

That could be cool!

July 9, 2009
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@everyone I'm heading out. Thanks for a good discussion! You've brought up some good ideas, as always.

July 9, 2009
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@davidw

That's great!

July 9, 2009
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@Tyson,, I did a photo exhibit about a month ago. It was from Fullerton College where my son won 1st place.

July 9, 2009

@Davidw Should we pack heat?

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

Sorry for the typos!

July 9, 2009

What do you suggest rob?

July 9, 2009
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@ryn

 

You need to create your niche.

 

from what I've seen you have been doing a great job! :)

July 9, 2009

@Nsaidi How about just putting deadlines letting people know when you are going to kill a story?

July 9, 2009

Awesome comment Ryn!!

July 9, 2009

@Tyson Can you tell us more about the photo exhibit?

July 9, 2009
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@Ryn -- Everyone's stories are valuable to us. We get so many amazing posts from people from all over. Fancy equipment is great, but you can tell a good story with a cell phone camera or a one of those disposable cameras you buy at a gas station.

 

July 9, 2009
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it seems Ryn has summed up what I thought the true essence of ireport was all about.

July 9, 2009

@Davidw, Yeah, how much to the cameras that CNN uses to tell the story.  You don't go to Best Buy!

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

Chris?

 

July 9, 2009
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I would also love to be able to see or know if an iReporter is online or not.  many times i will comment and they don't reply, they aren't on any more!  lol

i don't want this to begin to mirror a chat line but it seems to work!  lol

 

July 9, 2009

@Ryn  What can team iReport do to make you iReporting a better experience?  Then, what can the iReport community do?

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

Thanks robjh1

I am getting the feeling if we

are not semi proffessional and have

our faces on video every day, we aren't much of an iReporter.

Waa waa waaa

 

July 9, 2009

Hello Ryn...

You certainly make valid points of concern.  There are a lot of us that lack the journalistic training.  Moreover, limited equipment is also a forestalling ailment.  Location of the ireporter should not matter at all if you are doing any of the assignments by video.  I know that you have the charisma to do just that.  Make it happen!

July 9, 2009
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@spontaneous: I think I lost a thread.

July 9, 2009
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@Ryn

 

From the whole iReport team, thank you so much for following all our assignments to the letter! You always bring something special to the table.

 

You've have been featured in countless interactives and stories on CNN.com.

- Remember the gun control story you were featured in?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/17/gun.control.irpt/index.html

- You played a role in this Obama story

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/29/obama.irpt/index.html

- You also captured the essence of the lessons from grandma assignment

 

Thank you for all your contributions to iReport. We appreciate your creativity and spirit!

July 9, 2009
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@davidjw: hooking up and will film away. Thanks man!

July 9, 2009
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@robjh1 -- Good to hear. Great job on the Jackson stuff the other day.

July 9, 2009
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@davidw:thx

July 9, 2009
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Well, thanks for ignoring me all day.  :)

July 9, 2009
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Oh, speaking of another improvement for the site...it would be nice if we had an outbox for private messages in addition to our inbox, so we can see the messages we have sent. Thanks!

July 9, 2009
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@everyone -- I have to go. I hope everyone has a great week. Take care.

July 9, 2009

Thumb drive are awesome Reason4Doubt! LOL

July 9, 2009
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@everyone - Back to the grindstone. See you around the site.

July 9, 2009
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@Salsteels We can certainly place deadlines on many of our assignments. That is helpful feedback. On some, things are a bit open-ended and we don't know. But there are circumstances where we can be more concrete about that when possible.

July 9, 2009

Thanks iReport Team

July 9, 2009

KCRep, keep fighting the good fight, even if you have to do it without team iReport.

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

Salsteels ;)

I love iReport, been around a vey long time.

I envy you guys and the way you do your posting.

I am not an outgoing person. Interviewing folks is not my bag. This is great stuff and a welcome addition to iReport.

I just think there is room for all types of assignments and all as as worthy as the others.

July 9, 2009
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well i will make it a point to get people to start iReports and join in with us.  there is a lot to say and many different views and oppinions out there.  thats the beauty of this!  Sure some will ruffle some feathers but in the end, we all know that it is the opinion of each person that makes us all different! see and talk to you all tomorrow!

July 9, 2009
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OMG I'm not invisible after all LOL...Thanks Salsteels, I will.

July 9, 2009

@Nsaidi Can working at CNN be a complete cluster? Because I know at my local news station, sometimes communication was not the best!

July 9, 2009
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H1! Kcrep

July 9, 2009

@Ryn I have to agree.

July 9, 2009
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Hi Robjh1....

July 9, 2009
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Not sure what you meant by thumb drive, Spon? Unfortunately, I work for the government so personal thumb drive in office computers a big no no.

 

Well, I suppose using office computer to talk on iReport is also a no no!

July 9, 2009

@KCRep, I look at your iReports. Don't feel that you are not heard or in this case, read.

July 9, 2009

Does the iReport team "clean up" the unclaimed? There is a TON od duplicates for pages now

July 9, 2009
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Thanks Salsteels, I was just kinda kidding but it was about this blog.  waaaaaa lol

July 9, 2009

Folks, it has been a pleasure. Just some self-promoting, I will be doing some iReports that will have nothing to do with the CNN Assignments. Just trying not to take life too seriously because it is summer and I want to be 15 again!

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

Zdan You are a sweet heart!

I have had a day or two.

Just feeling a little under qualified I suppose.

davidw, salsteels, davidjw,

robjh1, Spon and Chris

Thank you for responding

 

 

July 9, 2009

HA! Reason4Doubt. Yep, no difference. I work for the Gov too, cool

July 9, 2009

Don't feel bad Ryn. You are awesome and an asset here. I don't like doing video and never will. And that's ok

July 9, 2009
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Ryn, your reports are always awesome!!  Keep on with the good work!!

July 9, 2009
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Ryn

This Hill Billy is out of here

Critters are calling

Love y'all

Have a good weekend.

July 9, 2009
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Almost missed it again!!! As one who has jumped into a meeting before..I urge caution..read ALL of the posts by the folks you plan on meeting..and I mean ALL. Talk on the phone several times prior..and public place..all very important!!! As for getting new members..I like the suggestion of booths at local festivals..and the commercials using ireporters would be great. We could all send in video of ourselves to be put together.

July 9, 2009

This ended at 3:30pm with the iReport team (about an hr ago)!

July 9, 2009
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I heard that the boy who claimed Michael Jackson molested him, which by the way is now in his 20’s, released a statement saying "it was all lies; Michael never molested him." That his dad made him lie and say that, so they could inherit over 20 million dollars what they settled out of court for.

 

I was dumbfounded when I read the following articles, "Jordan Chandler Admits He Lied about Michael Jackson."

 

http://www.hersbandandwife.com/blog/2009/06/27/jordan-chandler-admits-he-lied-about-michael-jackson/ AND http://www.makli.com/jordan-chandler-admits-he-lied-about-michael-jackson/

 

If there is any truth to these articles, it is sad indeed. If proven to be true, I wish there were a law on the books where MJ's family could suit in an attempt to get back some of the $$ (wishful thinking), or in some way make this young man’s dad/parents a public example. Being a minor at the time of the allegations, charges may not be possible to file against him. Another issue may be the "statue of limitations?" Far from that, the prosecutor should apologize.

 

These articles may not be viewed as authentic and taken seriously unless they appear in LA Times, Associated Press, New York Times or even the Boston Globe.

 

July 9, 2009

Dixie I tried looking on snopes.com I thought that was where the truth could be found. But did not find anything. So I don't know if this is the truth yet. If it is I hope the young man goes public.

July 9, 2009
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Please with all due respect, can I get you great folks to please put aside action figure news and Henry Potter to help us assist us in an emotionally heartfelt story that we are desperately trying to get out to the mass media.  Any assistance or comments or feedback you could provide would be so deeply appreciative.

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-293722

 

"Bring Home Bruce" is the name of the article. 

July 9, 2009
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An idea I think would help to keep people on is, making a buddy list. Letting us know when they are on so that we can check in with people we are debating with or watching. I do know we can see them if they post but that's it, We can't tell where they are in the site. Maybe we could click on their name and a pop up could come up go to this iReporter and we can see and talk with them about what they are viewing. I also would like to view all the pages I commented on. Once I view a report, if I don't make them a buddy or write down the name of the report/reporter I am only allowed to go back so many reports then they are dropped. Iwould like to see all my comments on ireports by clicking on a my comments button.

July 9, 2009
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or just more advertising at the bottom of the screen scrolling iReports and metioning it more often. I also think to make a community there needs to be a way to visit with friends you met.

July 9, 2009
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I am going to stand on the plinth in Trafalgar square on the 16th of July, 2009 5-6pm, to publicise dyspraxia. I am going to read this poem!POEM for those left standing...

'I am a person stuck with unrequested labels, Northern, female

Short-sighted, red-haired, maladroit

I worked for others, as a student, parent, activist, poet

Some labels I aspired to: Quaker, world traveller, true artist, cook

And others came from cruel authority,

Dispensed regardless…’too disabled’... to be me

That closed some minor official’s little book

Upon my whole life’s purpose…

But I live for human rights and human worth

I did not earn or deserve their scornful look.

 

I am a human being

I am real.

And you can watch me for this hour

To find out how I feel...

Those officials cursed me with the label of disability/impairment/deficit/

Of being one of  ‘them’, not one of ‘us’.

 

But I am human, I am real.

I am a person who can feel.

I will defeat their bureaucratizing zeal.

 

Now look into the utter folly of their fear.

It is every person’s potential power that I reveal

By simply standing here.

Think of me!

July 10, 2009
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Spontaneous..perhaps the ireport staff looks at the blog later too.

July 10, 2009
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Big News In Levelland, TX. Big drug bust. FBI involved because law enforcement have been arrested in connection with the drugs.  You should cover it and maybe all the drug lords in our small town will be arrested.

July 10, 2009
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And in case they do..I think editing comments would be a BAD idea. I can see the endless arguments over that.."You said this..and then you changed it to that"..kinda like some situations I have seen with ireports being edited after the initial placement to reflect little or none of their original content. We all have spell check..and we all make typos. No big deal.

July 10, 2009

Great! I'm sure they do. I didn't direct that to anyone in particular......

July 11, 2009
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Talking Head

I met micheal in 1988 in georgia and his show was amazing i want to honor him with what he would say if he had a chance

I,m Free-Don,t grieve for me, for now i,m free-I,m following the path God has chosen for me.-I took his hand when I heard him call;-I turned my back and left it all.-I could not stay another day,to laugh,to love,to work,to play.-task's left undone must stay that way;-I've now found peace at the end of the day.-If my parting has left a void,then fill it with remembered joys.-A friendship shared,a laugh,a kiss;-Oh yes, these things,I too will miss.-Be not burdened with times of sorrow,look for the sunshine of tomorrow.-My life's been full,I savored much;good friends,good times a loved one's touch.-Perhaps my times seem all too brief;-Don't lengthen your pain with undue grief.-Lift up your heart and peace to thee.-God wanted me now-He set me free.

 

July 12, 2009
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The 40th anniversary of the landing on the lunar should be very interesting to celebrate for many populations in the world travel and they are looking for places to live in. We know that the lunar is there and probably will be a safe place to live in.

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