Tuesday, March 01, 2011
CNN iReport Awards: Interviews

Interviewing is a difficult challenge, but it’s one of the most important parts of a good story. Just getting a person to sit down for an interview is tough enough, but convincing people to open up takes special skill.


The iReporters nominated in the interview category of the CNN iReport Awards talked with friends, celebrities, loved-ones and complete strangers and uncovered something real. Watching these interviews gives a unique insight into people’s lives.


Nominee 1: Dad on raising a son with autism




Cynthia Falardeau talked with her husband, Jim, about raising their autistic son, Wyatt. Jim sat comfortably on the family sofa and displayed a quiet calm as Wyatt bounded back and forth in front of the camera.  The result is an intimate look into their family’s life.


Nominee 2:  The pearl diver




Zainab Sutan interviewed Saad Ismail Khalifa Al Jassim at his shop in Doha, Qatar. The 72-year-old former pearl diver is a powerful man, who still trains as a bodybuilder but can still spear tiny beads with a needle and string them into necklaces. Al Jassim said he still loves to be under water, but he has traded the heavy rock he used to tie to his ankle for scuba gear.


Nominee 3: Lindsey Vonn



Chris Morrow caught up with American skier Lindsey Vonn two days after she won a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. In a wide-ranging interview, Vonn talked about her pre-race superstitions, using cheese to treat sore knees, and offered advice to beginning skiers.


Nominee 4: Teen interviews classmate about life in foster care




Tristan Macaraeg talked to his friend Stephanie about her life in foster care for a high school class project and shared the interview with CNN iReport. Stephanie said she was taken away from her parents because her father was abusive and her mother was never around. She said she’s been in five foster families and had to move around after facing more abuse and neglect. Stephanie said she has a good foster family now, but she’s torn because she knows her mom loves her.


Nominee 5: Topless protesters on Venice Beach



Julie Ellerton covered the Third Annual National Topless Day rally on California’s Venice Beach. The women she talked to said they were marching for gender equity and for the right to take their shirts off at the beach like men do.  Julie also interviewed a man from a Christian group, who objected to the women exposing themselves. Julie treated both sides of the debate with respect and used some skillful editing tricks to keep her video PG.


Please be sure to check out all of the nominees for the CNN iReport Awards and be sure to vote for the Community Choice Award. You can vote once a day until Monday, March 7. We will announce all of the winners on Tuesday, March 15 at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

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