Friday, May 06, 2011
Defining America: iReport hits the road

Have you heard about iReport's cultural census? It's one of iReport's biggest and most exciting projects this year. CNN's Defining America, a special coverage of the U.S. 2010 Census results, is already taking a look at the things we can learn from the census numbers. Our task is to enrich this coverage by introducing a more approachable data set with iReport's distinctly collaborative special sauce. Our assignments include things like recording a voice sample and photographing a sample of your handwriting. We're very excited about all the wonderful contributions iReporters have filed already, and we're just getting started!

 

We're ramping up our efforts by hitting the road and visiting towns large and small across America to spread the good word on citizen journalism and to get even more folks to participate in iReport's cultural census. This week we're visiting a few towns and cities in North Carolina. Our first stop, Thomasville, North Carolina, has been lovingly nicknamed "Chair City" for an awesomely gigantic chair that adorns its business district (we're told Lyndon B. Johnson once sat there). We're very glad we were able to visit and make lots of new friends.

 

 

Thomasville has a long history as home to an outstanding furniture industry that specializes in wooden fixtures; in fact, during our visit we got to experience some amazing live woodworking, but not exactly the run-of-the-mill kind.

 

 

This weekend Thomasville is hosting a three-day chainsaw sculpting competition for the second year in a row. The competition lasts through Saturday, May 7, so don't miss it if you have the chance to attend. The beautiful ornaments and fixtures produced with the skillful touch of 18-inch, 50cc professional grade chainsaws are really something to see.

 

 

We're staying in North Carolina through the weekend, making new friends and taking in all we can from this beautiful state. Tonight we're setting up in Greensboro, by the Civil Rights Museum, for May's First Friday art walk starting at 5pm. Come see us if you're around.

 

Look forward to next Monday, when iReport is visiting Plato, Missouri, the 2010 U.S. Census Center of Population. Plato is celebrating the event by inviting all 100 residents for a party and the unveiling of a commemorative survey mark.

 

If you haven't had the chance to participate with the cultural census, you still have time. Start by doing the assignment that inspires you the most. You can learn more about the project from this blog post. Let us know in the comments what you think about our trip to Thomasville, or if you have any recommendations for cool events to visit this summer.

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May 25, 2011
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Hello guys , thnx for making us sharing the story and broadcast the real vision of what happend ...

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