Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Where's the "ON CNN" stamp?

You may be wondering why we didn't keep the "ON CNN" stamp when we redesigned the site. We were pretty fond of the stamp and hated to see it go, but it just didn't make sense now that every iReport is posted in a section of CNN.com.

 

Since CNN iReport is a part of the CNN Web site, it's more important than ever that we indicate which stories have been vetted by members of CNN's editorial newsgathering team. Those stories are now marked with a red, CNN iReport tag.

 

We get tons of amazing iReports every day, and unfortunately, we can't vet all of them. So stories that haven't been vetted are labeled "Not vetted by CNN" to avoid confusion. We're not making any judgments about the quality of the iReports with the “Not Vetted by CNN” label, we just want everyone to know that we haven't both vetted and cleared them for use in CNN's newsgathering.

 

The great thing is CNN.com readers will be able to see and discuss your stories, even if they are not vetted.

 

If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments below or e-mail them to contact@iReport.com.

20 Comments
October 27, 2009
Click to view JoyfulGypsy's profile

I don't mean to sound negative, but if we are going to move ahead and make positive changes, we should all be honest and realistic.  I hope my comment is taken in the spirit it is meant...

 

It would be great if CNN.com readers would be able to see and discuss our stories, even if they are not vetted, as you say.  However, the reality is that it's not going to happen if they can't even find iReport on the CNN homepage. 

 

People are busy and preoccupied.  They are not going to waste time searching for iReport and then go digging through to find our posts.  Some people have never even heard of iReport and really couldn't care less.  People are in a hurry and when they visit CNN.com they are going to look at whatever is conveniently put in front of them and then move on.  iReport is lost on the CNN homepage.  How about getting rid of the Latino in America section already and giving iReport a permanent spot in it's place?  iReport needs a more prominent presence on the CNN homepage.

 

For example:  It's almost 7:00 PM Eastern time now and the most viewed post today has only received 430 views, followed by 413 and 339.  Viewership is way down from the tens of thousands of views typical iReports used to get. 

 

Also, if the "Not Vetted by CNN" banner is not going to be removed, how about moving it up over the image so that it doesn't get in the way of the image? 

 

Thanks for your consideration.

 

 

 

 

October 27, 2009
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Good points Joyful - I second the same concerns. I just looked at the first full page of ireports vetted today and with the exception of one, most of them have less than 100 views. Not sure if that will keep at least some people motivated to spend their energy and time to continue to be part of iReport. Less views means less discussion and less impact. For whatever it's worth, I still like the new look. But I hope it's less about the look or the fact that now iReport is part of every CNN.COM category and more about the exposure of the stories brought about the iReports.. The drastic drop in views tells me it's not looking pretty... sorry!

October 27, 2009
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I agree with Joyful. Even the friends who follow my stuff cannot find i-report anymore, It's as good as gone.

Why is there a block in the portal for legal, living, travel, etc and the one that used to feature i-reports is now gone? There are 7 lines behind each heading which means 7 i reoprts could be featured at a time several times a day.  The viewership is way down, even vetted i-reports are not being found. Nobody has time to dig- people look at what's easy to find or what's featured, and this new format does none of the two. Please think of getting i-report back to where it can be found.

October 27, 2009

Hi david, One question. i uploaded a story and it has dissapeared after it uploaded. Does it take time to show up?

October 27, 2009
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I agree with joyful She is correct, for instance I am in Sri Lanka, and if I send my ireports via email to my friends they will wonder why I am sending a report that is not vetted by cnn and they will think negatively, I mean it will not be worth even looking at, if that is removed from our reports its ok, I m getting all muddled up here

October 28, 2009
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I notice that iReport has comments appear more like “Blogs,” with the same two people making continuous entries of comments on the same story, it looks like idle chat to me.

Would this not be misleading as to the count of “most comments?”

In other words, I could carry on a conversation (submitting comments continually) on my story with another person and end up with hundreds or thousands of “comments.”

 

Please clarify my ignorance

 

October 28, 2009
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Joyful, Punjabi, sjunat55 -

I just want to say -- we hear you -- loud and clear.

 

Hopefully, you won't be surprised to learn that the editorial team at CNN iReport are your biggest fans and advocates.

 

Like you, we're adjusting to a brand new web site. We're also excited about the new ways we'll be able to share your content.

 

We agree -- your great iReports do belong on the new CNN homepage and we're going to work hard to showcase them - not only there -- but in every section across the site, and in stories, photo galleries, interactives, and on CNN.com/live.

 

Rest assured, we'll keep working on it.

 

 

 

 

October 29, 2009
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Ryn

Another thumbs up for JoyfulGypsy's suggestions

It really bites  to go out, maybe miles away

to get  a post for assignment page, only to receive

10 to 15 views.

iReporters will lose interest fast

October 29, 2009
Click to view JoyfulGypsy's profile

Thanks for replying, Tyson. A little feedback or reply from staff is always nice and surely beats being ignored and left hanging. 

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