Blog : May 2010
iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET »

Please join us here in the blog for our weekly roundtable discussion.  This is a great opportunity to meet other iReporters and find out what  we've got planned here at CNN iReport. CNN iReport producers will also  be here to answer any questions you have.

 

We'll open comments at 3 p.m. ET. Please invite your friends, we'd love to meet them.

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davidw
// May 27, 2010
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CNN iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET »

It's Thursday, so that means it's time for our weekly CNN iReport roundtable discussion. This is an opportunity for you to find out what's going on at CNN iReport, so if have any questions, comments or suggestions we would love to hear them. The roundtable is also a great time for us to get to know each other, so please invite your friends to participate.

 

We'll open comments at 3 p.m. ET.

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davidw
// May 20, 2010
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Video of Thai child sparks discussion »

 

One video we've gotten about the anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand, has really gotten people talking. iReporter freakingcat sent us a video that shows a child looking over a tire barricade at rising black smoke that appears to be fairly close. Take a look at it here if you haven't seen it yet.

 

People have commented on the video and tried to interpret what's going on. Some people have expressed concern that the child is being carelessly placed in harm's way or that the child is being used for inappropriate purposes. The title of the iReport uses the phrase "human shield" to describe the situation. Others have said the scene is harmless or questioned the context of the submission.

 

We have been in contact with the iReporter since he started sending submissions days before, and when this video came in, we were able to confirm that it was shot in Bangkok on May 17 among other details. We know the iReporter's name but are keeping it anonymous in order to protect his  safety. He shared a few other details and thoughts on the video.

 

The iReporter said he thought the adults were telling the child to "Wave over to the soldiers there!" and he suggested we get additional translation on the video.

 

We can't say for sure whether this child is in any danger, so we turned to the community to analyze this video. We went on Twitter and made a call to our followers to crowd source an interpretation of the video. sethisuwan replied to our tweet and went on CNN iReport to comment that the people in the video were speaking with the Issan dialect. Rather than asking the child to wave to the soldiers, he gave this translation in his post:

 

#person in blue, to child# "Say Bye-Bye there!"
#person in blue, to child# "Say Bye-Bye to the soldiers!"

 

On the other hand, jsky1 said, "Anyone who's been watching the news has seen that for weeks the Red Shirts have strategically placed numerous women and children in their midst as human barricades."

 

These are some different takes on this video, and we invite you to share your translations and interpretations. Take a look, judge for yourself, and tell us what you think is going on. And if you have a story to share or some images you've captured and want the world to see, please share your story here at CNN iReport

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nsaidi
// May 18, 2010
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iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET »

Please join us here in the blog for our weekly roundtable discussion. This is a great opportunity to meet other iReporters and find out what we've got planned here at CNN iReport. CNN iReport producers will also be here to answer any questions you have.

 

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davidw
// May 13, 2010
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‘Iron Man 2’ blasts into theaters, iReporters react »


Several iReporters checked out the highly-anticipated “Iron Man 2” over the past few days (judging by the box office gross, they were far from alone). In every case, they did a great job interviewing fellow moviegoers about what they thought of the film.


Comic book fan Aitch interviewed the “real Iron Man” just before going into an early screening near Baltimore, Maryland. He was quite impressed with the movie, especially with Don Cheadle’s turn as “Rhodey.”


Pixel went to an early screening in Los Angeles and thought that “some of the twists and turns were a bit cliché,” but nonetheless enjoyed the action and surprises.


ChrisMorrow described it as “twice as good" as the first, saying that the audience cheered at the early screening she attended in San Diego, California. She spoke to film critic Scott Marks, who said, “There wasn’t enough of Iron Man in the suit,” and added that he’d like to have seen more of Mickey Rourke. Marks liked it but was expecting more after the first one. TheVideoMan agreed with Marks, saying that Rourke was a highlight but the movie overall only deserved a B.


On the other hand, Rajiim, another iReporter who reviews movies just about every week, felt the movie was “flawless” and gave it an A+, while zennie62 felt that many critics missed the boat by not giving it a better review.


Not only did the movie get a big reaction from users on the site, but some iReporters had their questions answered by the cast of the movie. Check out what Robert Downey, Jr. and others said they would do if they had superheroes, and more on the video above. Also, if you have a movie you’d like to review, share your video here.

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hhanks
// May 10, 2010
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CNN iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m. »

Please join us here today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly roundtable discussion. It's been a great week and we're looking forward to talking with you. Here are just a few of the cool things that have happened in the CNN iReport community:

 

DaElmer and GavinoJr did a great job on CNN on Wednesday. It was exciting to see them on TV.You can watch the video here.

MarieSager shared photos of Julia Louis-Dreyfus getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony became even more newsworthy when they discovered the actress' name was spelled wrong.

iReporters have also done an incredible job telling the story of the Tennessee flooding, the failed Times Square bombing attempt and the oil spill that threatens the U.S. Gulf Coast. They also shared dramatic images of the clashes in Greece and tensions in Nepal.

 

Comments will open at 3 p.m. ET. We'll talk with you then.

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davidw
// May 6, 2010
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iReporter makes CNN debut on Larry King Live »

What a weekend it's been for mattgderby.

It was going to be just a quick vacation to New York City. But Saturday, he was evacuated from Times Square along with thousands of others after police found an SUV packed with explosives. He couldn't get into his hotel until midnight. Sunday morning, he logged onto iReport for the first time, uploaded the videos he'd shot during the evacuation, and received a call from yours truly. By that afternoon his videos had been linked on the CNN.com homepage and viewed thousands of times. And by Sunday evening, he'd done multiple interviews with CNNers, including the video you see above – a live interview on Larry King Live.

Thanks so much to mattgderby – a first-time iReporter (!) – for sharing his experience with CNN and navigating through all those interviews with professional-seeming ease. And thanks also to the other iReporters who did a brilliant job of letting us see what was going on in Times Square. kpertiet showed us how people had to sleep in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis since they couldn't get into their hotel rooms on Saturday night, and longtime iReporter and New Yorker sjunat55 captured the "eerie combination" of police investigation and normal Times Square activity on Sunday morning. Thanks, iReporters, for once again stepping it up during breaking news and showing us the story from your perspective.

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rachel8
// May 3, 2010
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