Thursday, December 17, 2009
CNN iReport roundtable: Thursday at 3 p.m. ET

Please join us here in our blog for our weekly CNN iReport roundtable discussion.

 

This will be our last meeting of the year, so we want to start off by thanking everyone for making CNN iReport such a vibrant community. It's been a great year and we couldn't be prouder of everything we've accomplished together.

 

Since it is the end of the year, we want to invite you to participate in a really cool assignment: 365 days in 30 seconds.

 

Thank you again for everything and we're excited to see what next year will bring.

 

We'll open comments at 3 p.m. ET. Hope to talk to you then.

222 Comments
December 17, 2009
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Hi and welcome, everyone.

Hope you're having a great week.

 

December 17, 2009
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Hello, all. Glad I could make this one.

December 17, 2009
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Hellooooo.

December 17, 2009
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Greetings!

December 17, 2009
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Hi all...

December 17, 2009
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Welcome, nice to have you.

December 17, 2009
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Things are good. Happy holidays.

December 17, 2009
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What's up WJ? Rock on!

December 17, 2009
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Happy Thursday from Seattle! :)

December 17, 2009
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Hello all! Excited - my first roundtable!

December 17, 2009
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Dude, Omekongo.

 

December 17, 2009
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Hello Hello - Sunny today in San Diego :)

December 17, 2009
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Happy holidays!

December 17, 2009
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One little bit of house keeping. We won't be holding the roundtable for the next two weeks because they would be on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

But we'll be back after the holidays.

December 17, 2009
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Sunny on the East Coast, just cold!

December 17, 2009
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Certainly is auspicious to be part of the roundtable that kicks off 2010, say what?

December 17, 2009
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@ WJ lol! Hope everyone else is great!

December 17, 2009
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I forgot it was Thursday until I saw the banner on iReport this morning about the meeting! Yay! I thought it was Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest!

December 17, 2009
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Happy Holidays...

December 17, 2009
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Is this the place to ask a newbie question?  Which I guess is already a newbie question!

December 17, 2009
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@everyone -- While folks are arriving? Does anyone have any questions, comments  concerns they want to talk about?

 

December 17, 2009

I am actually here at home for once glad to join the party : > )

December 17, 2009
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@glidergyny -- yes, please ask away.

December 17, 2009
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If I were to do an interview, for the vetting etc... do I need to get a standard written release, or is it ok to get the person to just state their name etc...?

December 17, 2009
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Hey, seeitnow, KyleHD, et al

December 17, 2009
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Hi everyone! Sorry for jumping in a little late. Good to see so many faces here!

December 17, 2009
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I have one - that funny thing that keeps popping up when you're not logged in is kinda disfunctional and annoying.

 

The "you're new here, right?" dialog box...

 

Anyone agree with me?

December 17, 2009
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Hi Katie, et al!

 

Happy Holidays Everyone!

December 17, 2009

I had a great time with a Canal+ reporter from France that came out to interview me as an iReporter for a day. It was fun to have the camera on me for a change : > ). He said his story on CNn iReports would air in Europe this weekend so if you're there check it out on a show called "popcom" with Etienne

December 17, 2009
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davidw, mine is a contextual question:

 

how can we deliver hard-hitting political commentary that cracks even deeper into mainstream programming?

December 17, 2009
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@TeamiReport, since it's the last roundtable for 2009, thank you for a great year.  I enjoyed all the assignement we had, from standing in the freezing cold throwing boiling water, to being able to share my wierd and strange food combonations with y'all.  Of course the highlight was meeting you all back in May, that was by far my favorite day of 2009.  I can't wait to see what 2010 brings!  Thanks guys! :)

December 17, 2009
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@gliderguynj -- If you are speaking to an adult, I would just make sure that they know what you are shooting the interview for. If you're doing it on video, it would be fine if you just asked them on camera if it was okay for you to submit it to CNN iReport.

 

If it's a child, we would want to have the parent's permission.

December 17, 2009
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@wjoreilly hey how's it going?

December 17, 2009
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@maddogza That box should go away once you click the "I get it" area. Let us know if that doesn't work -- we know it's annoying!

December 17, 2009
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@maddogza agreed! that has been coming up a lot lately!

December 17, 2009

I have one request. I've been wondering if anyone has considered changing the "superstar" designation to something a little more professional, eg: senior, most revered or maybe honorable : > ) seriously though something a little less 80's

December 17, 2009
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I recall when vetted questions didn't make it onto the Gore interview because of time/ planning, it was said that iReport will have even more access to CNN programming....what can we look for?

December 17, 2009

where do you get vetted though?

 

December 17, 2009
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Has iReports thought of having a "Home" page designed somewhat like the main one? Have sections under Health, living, sports, community, and then vetted story titles under the section? So many more would be seen maybe.

December 17, 2009
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@KyleHD That's very sweet! We had a great year with you all too. We have a blog post coming up with some of our favorite moments of 2009.

 

By the way, everyone, if you haven't checked out our Year in 30 seconds assignment, please do! The responses we've gotten are so awesome!

December 17, 2009
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Thanks David, As a follow up, lets say it's a general piece and I'm going around Rockefeller Center and film some Ice Skaters....  Any broad general setting etc, people shopping....  It's public so it's fair game correct?

December 17, 2009
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@katie et all - I have clicked "I get it" sooo many times...but still the noob box plagues me on the daily...

December 17, 2009
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@DavidW, was wondering about a chatroom on this site? Would that be appropriate for iReports?

 

 

December 17, 2009
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Hey KyleHD--keeping the earth spinning on point....

December 17, 2009
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I saw the banner on iReport this morning about the round- table and I wanted to express ...I believe everyone here is a great ireporter(CyberReporter/Bloger). I hope next year will be better for everyone...God Bless... 

December 17, 2009
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@seeitnow We've got plans in the works to tweak the Superstar status. We appreciate your feedback!

December 17, 2009
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Welcome @all - if any of you are seeing "Avatar" tonight, share your photos, video and reviews! - http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=16559

December 17, 2009
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Happy Holidays to you and your family CarlPap!

 

December 17, 2009
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@maddogza Hm. I'll talk to our technical team about that. Thanks for the head's up!

December 17, 2009
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@katie, does the project of 30 seconds have to be photos only? I don't really have video editing skills...

December 17, 2009
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@wjoreilly -- I think there will always been a place for timely commentaries on topical issues.

 

One thing that I'd love to see is for more people to try to do stories about the issues they feel passionate about.

December 17, 2009
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@omekongo I'll let Christina answer that one. She's the producer heading up the project :)

December 17, 2009
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Here I am.  What are we going to talk about?  Greeting to everyone.

December 17, 2009
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avatar! wish I was seeing now! :)

December 17, 2009
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Hello and happy holidays, everyone.  I'm at work so I'll be jumping in and out. 

December 17, 2009
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Hi there everyone, good to see you again. Sorry I'm jumping in late. As an aside, I'm currently helping to compile some "feel-good" stories for our "12 days of goodness" project, specifically on the topic of being on the receiving end of good deeds.
December 17, 2009
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@gliderguynj - iReporting from public places is fine; if you talk to them, make sure they know this will be sent to CNN iReport, and get parental permission for all under 18.

December 17, 2009
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davidw, how can we motivate people to "go for it" and find their voice, as it were?

December 17, 2009

Stopped in to say ELLO.., soooo, HELLO...!

December 17, 2009
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@omekongo - Feel free to make a video instead! It's all up to interpretation. Some people decided to use photos to illustrate different parts of the year, while others have rapped a song. The sky's the limit as long as it's your original content.

December 17, 2009
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@wjoreilly -- To answer your second question, we've been successful at getting more and more iReports shown on CNN.com and we're experimenting on new ways to present iReport material.

 

December 17, 2009
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what about competitions to motivate editorials production?

December 17, 2009
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@david, I'm really passionate about negative music and positive images, especially in hip-hop but I never see that as a story on CNN. I actually see the stories about negative rappers like Lil' Wayne, etc. It seems like CNN isn't the place for me to express those views but are you saying to do it anyway?

December 17, 2009
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@everyone - Look at the CNN.com homepage right now! The Photo Club religious architecture gallery is in the main spot. Congrats to everyone who participated. I'm super proud!

December 17, 2009
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cool, davidw

December 17, 2009
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Hello one and all. I will be bopping in and out. Uploading my family Christmas pictures to Wolf's Camera.

December 17, 2009
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Thank you ZDan! I was excited to do that project!

December 17, 2009
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Another question.... is there any rhyme or reason as to why one clip might get 25K hits, and then another gets 100 even from the same IReporter? 

December 17, 2009
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WARDEN! What's up? Thanks Christine as well!

December 17, 2009

Hello adriana!

December 17, 2009

Wut up omekongo, ready for that 1 on 1...lol...

 

December 17, 2009
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I wish I'd known the photo club would be using travel photos and not only pix of "local" religious architecture. 

December 17, 2009
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@gliderguynj The biggest reason that iReports get more clicks than others is if they're featured on the CNN.com homepage. We try to feature as many newsworthy iReports we can each day!

 

There are other ways to share content too -- Twitter, Facebook, etc. -- and some views aren't measurable, like when an iReport is shown on TV.

December 17, 2009
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Here's the link to the gallery: Religious architecture
December 17, 2009

Hello IR Team..!

December 17, 2009
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@WausauFamily I like that idea. We're on a new site, and we'll certainly be looking at ways that we could improve it. What would make the site easier to use?

December 17, 2009
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@Maraanji -- Chat rooms is something we will have to think about. I'm not sure if it's technically possible, for one thing. I'm also not sure if diverting people away from the other discussions on the site is a good idea.

 

I'll look into it.

December 17, 2009
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I was fortunate to live near the largest Buddhist Temple in North America! It truly is beautiful!

December 17, 2009
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I'm ready too Warden!

December 17, 2009
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Hi Adriana71 - I pm'd you about a project I'm working on :)

December 17, 2009
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i've always searched

"transcripts" to try to find my stuff fun on air; is there a better way?

December 17, 2009
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@zdan i have a question about the new photo assignment about the 10 photos in 10 years.  it's listed under the travel section, so are you looking for 10 years of travel picture or just 10 pictures in general from the past ten years?

December 17, 2009
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Christina - Thank you for the photo club gallery.  The next challenge sounds very interesting.  I'm curious to see how people will interpret it. 

December 17, 2009
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@JoyfulGypsy - We weren't getting enough local shots, so I changed the focus to diversity all over the world. You'll notice churches, mosques, temples and even a synagogue in the gallery, including your picture of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

December 17, 2009
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to try to find my stuff run on air....i meant to say.

December 17, 2009

OK, well.., looks great everyone.., just wanted to say hello like I said. Happy Holidays to all and a great New Year!!!

December 17, 2009
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Thanks for the answers.... I have to say this whole experience has been fantastic so far. 

December 17, 2009

you guys should all check out the report where it says I made a time machine plan. Just look up 13 year old boy has. I still don't know why it hasn't been vetted yet.

 

 

December 17, 2009
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@wjoreilly That's a good way to find out if iReports were used on air. Anytime something is shown on TV and is streamed to web, we try to feature it in the "Voices" section on the iReport homepage. That being said, we're always looking for better ways to let iReporters know when their content is on air! (2010 goal, perhaps?)

December 17, 2009
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@KyleHD - Good question. I'll move the assignment out of travel. We're just looking for 10 photos in 10 years in general. I'll move it to the Living section.

December 17, 2009
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Hey, The Warden, great work.

December 17, 2009

I must say the new system seems to be settling in quite well. I like the standardized layout and all the video links are much easier to find and load. It would be nice if the cookies setup was fixed such that we don't have to sign in each time.

December 17, 2009
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@ChrisMorrow!!!!!!! Did you see you were on Mashable.com yesterday? http://mashable.com/2009/12/16/community-engagement/

December 17, 2009
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@gentill I don't see any iReports under your screenname?

December 17, 2009
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Thanks DavidW! I just feel it would be better than refreshing the webpage every time a comment is posted. Not sure about the technical aspects. Will let you handle that part :)

 

Happy Holidays everyone, I am off to lunch date!

 

December 17, 2009
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Sounds good, katie.

December 17, 2009
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Awesome! I just checked out the gallery - if only the Monk who I photographed knew she was front-page CNN worthy!

December 17, 2009

Back at ya wjorelly. Happy Holidays!

December 17, 2009
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nice job on the religious architecture :)

December 17, 2009
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@wjoreilly - When iReporters appear on air (in person, on the phone or on Skype), we make sure that that is posted on CNN.com whenever possible. iReports are used all day on multiple CNN networks so one can't always keep up with it but we try our best to let you know when they are used.

December 17, 2009
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@omekongo -- I think people will always be talking about negativity in music, whether it's rap, metal or whatever. The hard part is telling the story in a way that's original.

 

You have a fairly unique perspective as a performer yourself.

 

I'd be curious to hear if artists are having to make sacrifices because they don't want to be negative.

December 17, 2009
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Christina - I wish I'd known.

December 17, 2009
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Thanks, TheWarden, and to you.

December 17, 2009
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@katie - howbout onTV, onRADIO, or on.COM stamps?

December 17, 2009
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@nsaidi - More great stories, at one time, can be featured in that style. There are so many different types that could be seen. Something to think about. Something about health (just an example) could have 9 or 10 of the last vetted stories. Then a section maybe under health. Again 9 or 10 stories that were vetted. Thats probably more in software stuff though. Hey Warden!

December 17, 2009
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@kyleHD -

Happy to see my mug on mashable :)

 

December 17, 2009
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Hi all. Late:(

December 17, 2009
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@Marjaani - Glad you had fun on the photo assignment!

December 17, 2009
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hhanks, thank you

December 17, 2009
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@maddogza That's a good suggestion -- honestly, we can't even keep up with all the places iReports appear. We approve them and share them with CNN and HLN, but we're a pretty large company, and it's tough to keep track of it all!

December 17, 2009
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@chrismorrow I wil check it out. Thanks

December 17, 2009

IR Team: How has it been going concerning usage, positive feedback, participation.., etc. with the new format?

December 17, 2009
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Welcome @EWillies1961

December 17, 2009

Heya EWillies!

December 17, 2009
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Hey Everyone!!! I just got an e-mail letting me know about free tickets to go see It's Complicated next Monday.  Universal is handing out a number of tickets to each city.  I was encouraged to pass it on. And you can't really pass up free!

 

http://tickets.universalpictures.com/itscomplicated/

December 17, 2009
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@davidw, that is actually the subject of my doctoral dissertation that I'm working on right now. I look at sacrifices artists have to make to "keep it real" or "keep it profitable"...

December 17, 2009
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@katie - yeah, I understand! I know you guys are working hard to make things nice for us iReporters...

December 17, 2009

omekongo: what a great subject to study. Would truly enjoy to hear what you discover.

December 17, 2009
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@maddogza We try :) By the way, I loved the timelapse of you hanging the Christmas lights. It looks like you and your sisters have so much fun together!

December 17, 2009
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I am late!!!! Hello all :)

December 17, 2009
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@katie

I had a great interview setup with a neighbor for your economics project. Would you know his mother fell and broke her leg in Wisconsin and he had to fly out the day of the interview. What is the latest you will accept a video? I am checking to see when he is coming back.

December 17, 2009

Hi Belly!

December 17, 2009
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@everyone I have to head out a few minutes early. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the holiday season! See you in 2010!

December 17, 2009
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@Marjaani -- I know you said you were leaving, but I realized I misunderstood your question. We are looking for a better way to host this discussion that would be easier to follow.

 

Don't know if it will be a chatroom, but we want to try something.

December 17, 2009
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I see the "Festivus for the rest of us" assignment has gotten many submissions.  Is that deadline going to be extended?

December 17, 2009
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@Ewillies, oops, I'll get your question before I leave. Tomorrow is the official deadline, but I can take videos a little later. I'll send you an e-mail tomorrow and we can coordinate!

December 17, 2009
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I can tell everyone trying to support one another here ...I love this positive vibe... keep on...I'm glad to belong to this community of Reporters...

December 17, 2009

IR Team: Hello???

December 17, 2009
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@EWillies1961 -- Katie had to step out, but we'll find out and get back to you.

December 17, 2009
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Warden, I'll keep you posted!

December 17, 2009
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@davidw I wasn't here for the video conferencing. How did it go last time?

December 17, 2009
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Hey Warden!!! :)

December 17, 2009

Thanks omekongo, you really got my curiosity up with that one.

December 17, 2009
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@katie

@davidw

Thanks

December 17, 2009
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@CarlPAPIBaez -- I'm glad you were able to make it. It's nice to have you.

December 17, 2009
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Working on a Festivus idea @JoyfulGypsy (or know someone who is)?

December 17, 2009

Belly: I got the CBS position (re:FB) Woohoo!

December 17, 2009
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@Warden - We've had a lot of successes in the past couple weeks, from more iReports linked up on CNN.com to more page views. We're also excited that the community's really stepped up to produce great content for our new assignments. I've been impressed with the excellent videos we've received from both new and previous iReporters on the year-in-review assignment.

December 17, 2009
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@seeitnow -- Hey thanks for stopping by! Glad you like the site. Nice work on your latest videos.

December 17, 2009
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I've got to get back to work, but I wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.  It's been fun being a part of the iReport community in 2009.  Cheers!

December 17, 2009
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Happy holidays Katie!

December 17, 2009
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Thanks @katie!

P.S. an early Merry Christmas to WJ, Ome, Kyle, David, Seeit, Christina, TheWard, EWill, HHank, Wausaus, Gypsy, Morrow, and everyone...

December 17, 2009
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I'm trying to think of a story that won't bring the wrath of the Right Wing down upon me!

December 17, 2009
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@TheWarden -- sorry for delay. I think people are getting used to the new site. Our page views have come back quite a bit and a lot of new people are joining the site.

 

We're also finding a lot of new ways to display iReport material. The new CNN.com galleries are beautiful. and we can do a lot more stuff with video.

 

 

December 17, 2009
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Happy Holidays JoyfulGypsy :)

December 17, 2009
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OK seriously, anyone have any heartwarming stories of thanks to share? Let me know if you do. I'm on the hunt. Got a bunch of good ones already but still on the search.

December 17, 2009

zdan: I appreciate you noticing my question, thank you. That's great to hear. Certainly a top group of talent that seems always devoted. It's awesome to hear how well it's all going. I hope for continued and greater success to you all.

December 17, 2009

everybody follow this link to a very interesting Ireport at this link...

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-367891

December 17, 2009
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You too Maddogza :)

December 17, 2009
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@gliderguynj -- You fly gliders. That'd be a cool story. I'm not advocating filming and flying (might be dangerous), but I'd like to see stories about that.

December 17, 2009
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hhanks - Actually, I have an idea for the "Festivus" assignment, but I won't see the people I want to film until Saturday evening, a day after the deadline.

December 17, 2009

maddogza: Thanks, all the best to you and yours!

December 17, 2009
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good afternoon everyone

December 17, 2009

If you have any questions for me send it to my email at g_mobster2@yahoo.com

 

December 17, 2009
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@maddogza Have a good one.

December 17, 2009
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@Nsaid...how could I! I forgot you. Have an even merrier xmas.

 

I'm out!

December 17, 2009
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David,

I've got a bunch on YouTube, I'd love to do some stories on Gliders and share that with people.  I'm a commercial pilot, so it would even be legal!  Many glider fields across the country are being closed, there's a story to be told from every single one of them.

December 17, 2009

who reads all these i reports and who gets them vetted?

December 17, 2009
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We did a gallery of holiday decor last week, btw. There's been a lot of cool things lately.
December 17, 2009
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What is this "Festivus" assignment about? Anyone have a link?

December 17, 2009
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bye maddog! bye all who are taking off.

December 17, 2009

davidw! There was/is no doubt -- in my biased opinion -- that success was inevitable. Just glad to see it all happening so rapidly. AWESOME!

 

Have a great holiday season and don't eat too much turkey, ham, chicken, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, gravey, home made bread, pies, mashed potatoes...oh God I'm so hungry now!!!

December 17, 2009
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@gentill People all across the network are looking at all the iReports for possible use on CNN.

December 17, 2009

Also to Katie its under a person named timeguy but it's under my email address.

December 17, 2009
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... Well, we do the best we can to find the best content and surface it.

December 17, 2009
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I got to go...  Before I go,I want to share a Quote from Warren Buffet,  "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.” I wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.

December 17, 2009

WausauFamily: Sorry didn't see you. Happy Holidays to the fam.

December 17, 2009
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@gentil -- If a story is vetted, that means that someone on CNN's editorial team has contacted the sumbitter, verified that the submitter took the photo/video and verifies the information in the report.

 

December 17, 2009
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Thanks maddogza! Gotta take my daughter to dance class! I'm performing in Boston on Friday & Saturday night to about 1000 people! I'll try to get some footage. If you want to come out to a great night of dance & poetry, e-mail me at omekongo@omekongo.com or just go to www.originationinc.org. Take care everyone and stay safe!

December 17, 2009
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@everyone

Look out for the most epic 30 seconds ever! Time will slow down as 2009 flashes by in half a minute. Coming soon.

Peace!

December 17, 2009
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Hello I am late I see

December 17, 2009

Well Nicole,

 

I am going to try and get my 6 year old daughter to do a "hard hitting" interview with Santa this weekend. She's going in there with all the tough questions who, why, what, etc. She might even expose Santa, who knows but it'll be here on iReports 1st. Is that "heartwarming"?

December 17, 2009
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@WausauFamily -- Here's a link to the festivus assignment.

http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=366675

 

December 17, 2009
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Thanks Warden! been in the wood work. An old man once told me to take the cotton out of my ears and put it in my mouth :) have a good holiday to our friend.

December 17, 2009

Ok thank you and happy holidays.

December 17, 2009
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@seeitnow That sounds like fun, and heartwarming, too! I can't wait to see that. What's your secret to world travel, yo? And where the heck are you right now?

December 17, 2009
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Cool David... interesting.......

December 17, 2009
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@sunethra -- Hi, and welcome. You're dough food was really cute.

December 17, 2009

Ok then, congrates to the IR Team, a great season to all and I'll see you all again next year.

 

Wish me success at CBS.

 

Bye all!

December 17, 2009
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Well, all in all a great year to look back on. I hope 2010 has just as a good start.

 

@everyone

 

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah

and a wonderful New Year

 

Adriana

December 17, 2009
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good luck Warden

 

December 17, 2009

unfortunately my computer is slow and the discussion is about to finish bye!

December 17, 2009

LOL WausauFamily! See you on FB. Save some turkey for me, and some tequllia...   : /

December 17, 2009
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hmmm, alrighty my iReport friends, I should try to get back to work.  Although nothing is really happening today, such a slow day.  Hope you all have a great rest of you day and year for that matter!  I'm sure I'll still talk to some of you before hand! But if not have a great Christmas or what other holiday season you celebrate, and a great and safe new years!!!!!

December 17, 2009

Have a happy new year everybody!

December 17, 2009
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Hey all

December 17, 2009
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Break Leg @TheWarden

December 17, 2009
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Happy Holidats to all the ireport team - and all ireporters! :)

December 17, 2009
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@adriana71 -- I'm really optimistic that 2010 is going to be amazing. I don't have a specific reason for that other than a feeling that things are just getting bigger and cooler. It feels like the everybody's just ready to stomp on the gas once the holidays are over.

 

 

December 17, 2009
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Feliz holidays, everyone. Hope they're good times. Gotta run, peace in the valley, see you in 2010!

December 17, 2009

My secret to world travel. That's easy and you can quote me on this.

 

"Never, Ever stay at a hotel that doesn't feature CNN International".

 

Looks like Madagascar to film some amazing geological features and a "very" unusual meteorite in Australia.

December 17, 2009
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@davidw I hope, so around the Maxwell House we are a bit on the dumps. So I'm hoping for a good start to 2010.

December 17, 2009
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@everyone -- I've got to go, but it was nice to talk to everyone. We'll do this again next year.

Thanks again for everything.

 

December 17, 2009
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@TheWarden wait! new job at CBS? doing what? that's awesome good luck.  I just offered a job at CBS the other day, but sadly I signed my lease last month so I'm stuck for about a year, but I know the offer will come back!

December 17, 2009
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Ciao one and all.

December 17, 2009
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Till next year then Bye

December 17, 2009
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Adios everyone!

December 17, 2009

sayonara, Adios, Auf Weidersehn, Namaste,

 

Have a great holiday season wherever you are

 

from Chilly Canada

 

Percy

December 17, 2009
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Happy New Year ALL!

Keep moving forward! :)

December 17, 2009

I'm a bit late getting to this roundtable discussion from across the pond. It's my first time participating.

@zdan-Thanks for vetting my photo of the Gothic York Minster for the Religious Architecture assignment!

 

I wish the rest of you a happy holiday season and a very wonderful New Year!

December 17, 2009
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Hi everyone. I am new to this venue . I wish you all very Happy holiday season this year. I am not sure what to Report . Every thing or just the bad stuff.

 

December 17, 2009

Mmcelwain to quote a friend of mine "It's all good!"

December 19, 2009
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I am sure most like myself welcome your well thought out words.

I am also sure some thought that my idea of donating money in states to candidates other than our own was pushing the top. Well, I don't think so and here is why, http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/20951/Article.aspx .

 

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is donating to the opponent of Diane Watson, the lady in the Congress that is leading the fight to ensure that CNO lives up to its obligation to the Freedman. It seems that it is fine for them to donate money to candidates in States where their nation does not fall in the boundaries of.

Here is the article from the Cherokee Phoenix

 

Cherokee Nation donates to Watson opponent for Congress seat

By Christina Good Voice

Staff Writer

 

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation has donated $7,400 in support of Felton Newell, the primary opponent of California Congresswoman and outspoken CN critic Diane Watson.

 

Watson, a supporter of the Cherokee Freedmen and their attempt to regain CN citizenship, is up for re-election as the 33rd Congressional district representative in 2010.

In November, the tribe donated $2,400 to Newell’s campaign and $5,000 to a political action committee that supports Newell, said CN Government Relations Officer Ginger Brown.

 

“The contribution came from General Fund revenues set aside in the tribal budget for campaign contributions,” she said.

 

I am going to try to keep personal comments to a minimum, but would this money not be a part of the federal money from the federal government? Oh that is right, revenues set aside for the tribal budget? Just how do we separate the money earned from tribal enterprise from federal money? Not really possible is it. Sort of like what Wall Street has been doing and we know all the excuses they have come up with. Even if it could be shown to be not to be federal money toward a Federal Election Campaign it would be no more than smoke and mirrors to hide and lie their way to their end desires.

 

Brown said Newell, a California Democrat who is well-known in the district, is a strong candidate who has raised almost double the money as Watson from individual contributors. He also supports tribal sovereignty, she said.

 

Mr. Newell should give back all Tribal Federal Tribal contributions as a conflict of interest. He will be taking campaign money from an organization which he will ultimately come before him to vote on financial matters should he be elected.

 

“Mr. Newell is a very good candidate who supports tribal sovereignty and the rights of Indian nations to determine their own citizenship, which is one of the fundamental rights of any nation,” Brown said. “His opponent is the one person in Congress who has introduced a bill to terminate the Cherokee Nation and she actively fights against tribal sovereignty. So it’s really a clear cut choice and one that other Indian tribes will likely make as well.” Support sovereignty is completely different than taking money from any Federal Tribe.

 

Newell, 38, said he opposes legislation Watson authored in 2007 to cut federal funding to the CN. Watson penned the bill after Cherokee citizens voted to expel all non-Indian citizens from the tribe. The vote affected about 2,800 Cherokee Freedmen. He said he opposes Watson’s interference because he doesn’t believe it’s an issue Congress should be addressing. The number actually does not matter if it is an obligation, it is an obligation. Cherokee Nation gotten to the point it is hacking at the truth, or at least their own version of it. They proclaim that dealing with the Indian Tribes is a function of the Congress, House and Senate, as per the Constitution. Yet here they are supporting a candidate that is running on the very issue of Congress not addressing issues effecting and affecting the Indian Tribes. What a tangled web we weave.

 

“The people of the Cherokee Nation should have the sovereignty to decide for themselves what membership means,” Newell said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the U.S. Congress to be stepping in to dictate to the Cherokee tribe what its definition of membership should be.” Apparently Mr. Newell is eliminating their "citizenship" to mere membership.

 

He also said he’s a strong supporter of other Native American issues, as well as other minorities.

 

“I’m definitely a supporter of American Indian issues,” Newell said. “As an African American, I’m well aware of the history of oppression of different groups in our country. I feel the Native Americans have been oppressed in the past the same way African Americans were. I feel a bond with the Native Americans.”

 

Newell said his support is pretty broad-based, and one of the things important to him in developing his campaign was that he wanted to speak to the 33rd district’s diversity.

 

“It’s one of the most diverse districts in the country, and I think it’s a strength to be able to represent that district,” he said. “At the end of the day, despite the differences in our backgrounds we all have common values.”

 

Newell said he appreciated the tribe’s support.

 

“I’m gratified to have the support of the Cherokee Nation,” he said. “It adds to the broad support that I’m building for my campaign.”

 

The Cherokee Phoenix contacted Watson’s office for a statement but was unable to get a response.

 

Reach Staff Writer Christina Good Voice at (918) 207-3825 or christina-goodvoice@cherokee.org

So much for keeping my personal comments to a minimum. Maybe I will do better next time.

RT

December 20, 2009
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Honestly, I have to wonder if favortism on the part of certain ireports is going on. It is impossible for most reports to be vetted. I like the old way better. At least I was a superstar for a while.

December 23, 2009
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The internet! It sure is the greatest wonder of the world. Here i am in my cramped room communing with minds that matter most in their mansions ... this infinitesimal me. Well, on behalf of the Talk Tinapa community in Calabar, Nigeria, i genuflect in a typical African salute to all i-reporters. Let the reporting dance continue as the drumbeat gets louder come 2010.

 

One more thing. Thanks CNN for rewarding service to humanity in CNN Heroes.

December 24, 2009
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I CANT QUIT THINKING ABOUT THIS INSANE HEALTHCARE BILL: I am a business owner in my 40's.  I can't express the level of anger and resentment I have for every politician in the federal government.  We are in debt up to our eyeballs.  We are expanding government's deficit and debt at a rate that makes George Bush look like a professional accountant.  All the while, the "debt elephant" stands in the middle of Washington while every lifetime politician (with no insurance or retirement issues I might add) avoids it like the plague and tries to sell the public on what they think is best.  I am sick to death of it.  You CANNOT spend your way out of debt.  You CANNOT buy something you CANNOT afford.  You CANNOT force the public to buy anything.  If Washington does not get their head out of their rears and address our debt immediately, health care will be the last of their worries.  FIX THE WAGON BEFORE YOU START THE JOURNEY.  This is one business owner that will go to jail before I pay 1 cent towards a government required widget, fine or no fine. Everyone have a wonderful Christmas Holiday and cross your fingers that your neighbor finds a job.....

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