Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Introducing the CNN iReport Awards

We're excited to announce the first-ever CNN iReport Awards. It’s our chance to celebrate iReporters' participation in CNN's global news-gathering efforts and to show off the most extraordinary iReport stories of 2010.

 

There are six awards categories that represent the things that make CNN iReport special -- breaking news, compelling imagery, commentary, interviewing, original reporting and, of course, personal stories.

 

Our producers looked at hundreds of iReports to find the most amazing stories, and then we worked with our friends at CNN, CNN International and CNN.com to choose the five nominees in each category. It was a tough job, with hours spent agonizing over the lists. Picking the winners will be even tougher, so we've recruited a talented group of judges to make the final call.

 

CNN iReport is all about participation, so we want you to get involved by voting for the Community Choice Award. You can vote once a day for the iReport you think is the most compelling until noon on March 7.

 

We'll announce all the winners in March as part of our coverage of the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

40 Comments
February 15, 2011
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I admit I'm bias, but what about Cartoons? Which category would they fall under?

 

February 15, 2011
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Very interesting indeed, but I would like to make one observation. Whilst understanding that you are trying to ensure fair voting, might I suggest that under the current rules a person casts their vote in one catergory and then is barred from voting in any other catergory until the following day (by which time the voting page may have been buried by breaking news). Could I suggest that you are able to vote once in each catergory, after which time you cannot vote again until a week before the close and then only to change your mind.

February 15, 2011
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Hi Artboy: Most of the cartoons were considered under the commentary category.

 

Thanks for the suggestion HarryWales. We're going to have the nominated iReports displayed prominently on the site, so I don't think we'll have to worry about them being buried by the flood of breaking news.

 

 

February 15, 2011
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What prizes will the nominees win for their amazing contributions?

February 15, 2011
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They're going to get a really nice trophy.

February 15, 2011
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One of our designers did the designs for the trophy and it looks like it's going to be cool.

February 15, 2011
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I voted!!

February 15, 2011

Just out of curiosity where did you get this idea? Seems so familiar. Hmm.

 

The Ireport Awards - Submit Nominations | October 24, 2009.

 

ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-341406

 

At least throw me a sliver of a bone of credit for this one you took from me.

 

Mmm, mmm, mmm.

February 15, 2011

BTW, to say it's The first-ever CNN iReport Awards, is misleading and inaccurate.

February 15, 2011
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Great minds think alike, Warden! We've been wanting to do this for years (as Lila mentioned in the video), which is why we're really excited that it's finally a reality.

February 15, 2011

Well katie, I have have no way to prove that one way or another. But I can prove is that it's not the first of it's kind and was originally introduced by yours truly.

 

Either way, glad to see it finally happen.

February 15, 2011

Just to note: Many writers can have the same idea about a subject, but it's the first to publish that gets the credit for the idea. The others are considered to be plagiarizing it if copied after the fact.

February 15, 2011
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WOW!  I am truly ASTOUNDED!! This makes NO SENSE!  This is how I met Ron,THE ONE that started the ORIGINAL IREPORTS AWARDS! I even voted in the different category's.  Why would someone STEAL another person's idea and then get credit for it?  I BACK Ron, The Warden,100% on this. THE IREPORTS AWARDS WAS INITIATED AND STARTED, BY RON COLE, THE WARDEN. PLEASE GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE....it is the right and respectful thing to do.  Many of us are still here Ron, that were part of THE FIRST AND YOUR ORIGINAL IREPORTS AWARDS.  I think I would be upset myself.  Big HUGS, and to such an awesome idea it is being COPY-CATED!!

February 15, 2011
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Why don't you change the name to The Ron Cole iReport Awards.  Let's end this now.

February 15, 2011
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SPK

KCRep: "Why don't you change the name to The Ron Cole iReport Awards"

 

I think that would be a great idea as he did put it forward on iReport 1st.

February 15, 2011
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It is great idea and I highly recommend including the, "Opinion Editor" in it as well. I may get lucky for this one.

February 15, 2011

Maybe I am missing something but were certain  i reporters chosen with a wild card category for the public to vote on.  Yes Ego alert if certain people were chosen I am not clear as to the criteria - I love you all but of course I think I am faboo :)

 

Seriously, were certain people already chosen for each category and now we vote on them based on a predetermined pool?

 

Thanks

 

Josh

February 15, 2011
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I don't believe this is the first ever i-report awards....if I remember correctly  Warden had something to do with the last set of awards.

February 15, 2011
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Ryn

Community choice? What community?

February 15, 2011
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TheWarden should get recognition for suggesting these awards. C'mon CNN Ireports do the right thing!!!

February 15, 2011

To all the "He was First" complainers routing for Ron. The first day I signed up to iReport years ago I thought an awards offering would be great and I'm not alone. However launching an awards program like this is a "huge" undertaking for an organization such as CNN. There are a ton of legalities, logistics and branding considerations that must be dealt with not to mention a ton of computer programming. A simple mistake could be ruinous. You can assume a lot of scarce resources were expended for "our" benefit so thank you CNN once again. There is no way that CNN could or should let anyone else take credit for this. It is a very logical idea that many other people thought about as well, some even before The Warden. In fact I'm certain that the original iReport producers had this in mind from the get go but were holding out until there was enough history and experience. They did not have to wait for The Warden to come up with this idea.

 

No go out, stop complaining and report on some great stories for the "World's News Leader"

 

Much Metta

 

Percy

February 15, 2011

seeitnow: I'm sorry, where did you get your degree in journalism and law again? I forgot?

February 15, 2011

Forget it, not important. Good luck with your efforts.

February 16, 2011
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the warden gets my vote in the category of originality! like...where has cnn been all these years?

February 16, 2011
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I am new to this forum. I understand that there is an "unofficial" protocol here. It seems that CNN has violated that protocol. Please do what is right.

February 16, 2011
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To use the words of Rodney King..."Can't we all just get along ?"

Oh, CNN Ireport peeps, you should have a category for movie reviews too !

Come on now, show some LOVE !

February 16, 2011
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I'm sorry to see TheWarden has ended his account, he cheered us all up by doing the first unofficial ireport Awards and it's a shame he didn't get a mention for the idea. I can verify he did it, because I got nominated, I didn't win, but it was great fun to be included! Many thanks TheWarden you will be missed, I hope you come back!  Good luck to all those people nominated for CNN Awards this time.

February 16, 2011
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I hope the incident regarding all of the above comments has been resolved as I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the inaugural iReport awards hosted by CNN.  I joined iReport in 2008.  As an iReporter I have enjoyed reporting on breaking news in the New Orleans area.  It is a wonderful feeling to be recognized by CNN for my efforts.  Thank you Lila, David, Katie, and everyone that worked to bring these awards to fruition.  I am honored to be among the finalists!!!!  I wish the best to all the nominees. 

Peace, Eileen Romero.

aka luvnola       

 

February 16, 2011
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@luvnola

 

Why don't you have a Superstar Red star on your profile???

February 16, 2011
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I Hope i well have a red star one day

February 16, 2011
Click to view luvnola's profile

Maybe because I am not a superstar?  I'm not sure if you mean that to be sarcastic or not but....it is a great example which disproves some comments posted yesterday suggesting CNN iReport simply nominated their "pets" for the awards.  I am far from being considered a favorite....if so, I would have a superstar by my name.  Furthermore, it's not something I pay a lot of attention to.....peace sunethra

      

February 16, 2011
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Ryn

luvnola It is all about the numbers, the number of views, comments and your comments on other posts

Someone can have a one time mega hit post, never post again and get a superstar. Some folks have been here since the beginning, post scads of things, even get vetted often and lose the star. There are really great ireporters and posts out there that never get a star or ever get vetted. It is a shame.

The star proves nothing.

Good luck to you on the awards! :)

February 16, 2011
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Ryn

Looking at your profile and posts

You have some awesome posts and surely had the star at one time.

February 16, 2011
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superstar is a worthless icon next to your name. Some nasty people on here have them. It means nothing.

February 17, 2011

....please,.anyone hearing of one of these award "trophies" being for sale please contact me...I'll start off the bidding with 1€..i.e. $1.35....thanks.."Y"..

February 17, 2011
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cool! thanks ireport for this award giving body. more ireporters around the globe will have more interesting stories to share and i'm listing now what to do... :)

February 17, 2011
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I'm sure we'll be talking a lot about the iReport awards today at our weekly roundtable discussion.

I'd like to invite you all to join us here at 3 p.m. ET http://ireport.cnn.com/blogs/ireport-blog/2011/02/17/cnn-ireport-roundtable-thursdays-at-3-pm-et

 

February 17, 2011

...how about badges or trophies for people who vote most?...unlimited votes per day...?..huh?...if not, why not?

February 18, 2011
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TheWarden, the fact is that you have done the first ever iReport Awards. It was cool! We iReporter don´t forget it. Thank you!

February 19, 2011
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@lunovla  I was not being sarcastic, I mearely saw that we all had stars and you did not have it, and I asked you, that is all.  Also I have not made any reference to say pets or favourites I don't know where you got that from, please don't label me for things that I have not said.  I have been here for 3 years I do not make any bad comments on anyone's ireports.

I am disappointed that you thought my innocent remark was sarcastic.

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