Monday, February 21, 2011
CNN iReport Awards: The judges

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When we started planning the CNN iReport Awards last year, we put together a list of the awesomest people we could think of and invited them to get involved. We were thrilled to get such a talented and panel of judges from the worlds of journalism, photography and collaborative storytelling. Picking the winners in each of the six categories is going to be a tough job, but we hope you'll agree that they will be perfect for it.

 

Meet the judges:

 

Ze Frank has been delighting people on the Internet for years with projects that are funny, clever and have a sweetness that you don't see every day. You can check out Young me/ Now me and the wonderful "Chillout song" to see why we love him.

 

Dave Isay is the founder and president of StoryCorps, an oral history project that gives everyone in America the opportunity to record, share and preserve their stories. They've collected more than 30,000 interviews since 2003. StoryCorps proves that everyone has an interesting story – something we believe strongly here at CNN iReport.

 

Rachel Campos-Duffy started her television career on MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco" in 1994. She's appeared on CNN, been a guest host on "The View", written a book on parenting and is an active blogger, columnist and pundit -- all while raising six children.

 

VICE co-founder and president Shane Smith has interviewed warlords in Liberia, been detained in Libya, and reported from North Korea. The results are raw, original and compelling stories with a really unique voice.

 

Tim Shey knows what people want to watch on the internet. He's the president and co-founder of Next New Networks, an internet television studio that churns out Webby Award-winning content and viral hits like  Auto-tune the News and Obama Girl. Next New Networks' programs have generated almost 2 billion views since 2007.

 

Laura Brunow Miner's Pictory shows that a single photo can tell a powerful story – especially if it's a huge, beautiful photo with an intensely personal caption. Pictory's Platonic Love Stories series offers her readers' touching perspectives on friendship.

 

Errol Barnett has been working with iReport since he came to CNN International in 2008 as an anchor and correspondent. Barnett has hosted CNNI's "iReport for CNN" program and frequently integrates social media into his reporting of breaking news stories from all over the world.

 

They'll be choosing the winners in the six award categories, but we want you to get involved, too. Check out all the nominees and vote for the one you think is the most compelling for the Community Choice Award. You can vote once per day until March 7th at noon. The winners will be announced on March 15th.

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February 21, 2011
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They'll be choosing the winners in the six award categories, but we want you to get involved, too. Check out all the nominees and vote for the one you think is the most compelling for the Community Choice Award. You can vote once per day until March 7th at noon. The winners will be announced on March 15th.

February 23, 2011
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great recognition thanks for the nominees

February 28, 2011
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voted already for Pixel and seeitnow thanks

March 22, 2011
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