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It's hard to believe that CNN iReport launched five years ago today, but here we are. From breaking news coverage to political commentary and personal stories, your contributions have shaped iReport into a powerful newsgathering tool that helps CNN cover the news in unique and meaningful ways.
CNN participation director and iReport ringleader Lila King said it best in her look back at iReport's history: "For nearly every major news event of the last five years -- from the 2007 shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech to today's uprisings in the Middle East -- iReporters have shared first-person views of the stories they lived through, and changed the way the rest of us understood what happened and what we should think about it. More than that, though, iReport has led the way for inventing a model for a news organization to report and tell the story of an event together with its audience."
Throughout the month of August, we'll be celebrating our fifth birthday and looking back at some of iReport's major moments in a special "top five" series on CNN.com. The lists, written by a variety of people in the CNN family who work with and love iReport, will range from revisiting groundbreaking moments to a look at some of our funniest submissions.
It's always nice to reflect on the past when you hit a major milestone, and we hope you'll enjoy reliving some of iReport's greatest hits along with us. Tomorrow, we'll kick things off with a list inspired by the first iReport that aired on CNN. (Hint: It's not exactly hard news, but it sure is cute.)
In the meantime, grab yourself a slice of birthday cake and enjoy thinking back on your favorite iReport memories. We wouldn’t be celebrating this day without our wonderful community. Thank you, and congrats!
Happy Friggin BIrthday I REPORT! OH OH DO THE ROBOT!!
Happy Birthday team iReport!! Congrats on 5 amazing years! Here's to many more!!
Happy Birthday...now, can we get a bit back towards the middle? Thanks.
La multi ani, iReport! CNN has made the Romania Peace Corps' third goal reach around the world!
Happy 5th Birthday CNN iReport!!!!
Happy 5th Birthday, CNN iReport. Best Wishes.
congratulations to a great team whom we, ireporters share common interests, values, and passion.
Congrats team iReport!! Happy 5th Birthday!!
Congratulation & Happy Birthday iReport. Wishing you many more in the years to come.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!
Happy Birthday and glad to be a part of it all!!
Congratulations, iReport team, and thanks for making it all possible!
Happy Birthday iReport. I do not come here often these days. Your like a old friend that I see and miss. As you get older and I look at you. I still see you and remember when you were young. Happy Birthday!!! Many more! I'll be back! You may have to take your Meds to understand what I am thinking. But lets eat some cake!!!!
Thank you all for the wonderful comments and birthday wishes! There's a conversation happening over on CNN.com as well. We'd love it if you jumped in and shared your stories, too! http://us.cnn.com/2011/IREPORT/08/02/5years/index.html
Greetings from Iceland and Happy 5th Birthday CNN iReport.
Happy Birthday from Sri Lanka, love that photo of the team jumping down the steps, wish I had copy of it.
Happy 5th Birthday CNN iReport!!!
Happy B-Day guys and gals!
Thanks for all the kind words and birthday tributes. It's so nice to hear from so many familiar folks.
We've spent the last couple of weeks going through tons of iReport content and it is so impressive to see the amazing stories you've helped CNN cover.
I hope you all take a moment to pat yourselves on the back and reflect on how awesome you are.
Happy Birthday! What a great forum! I can't believe I am still keeping up w/ it..but it has become part of my daily routine to read and comment on posts. Thanks CNN!
Happy Birthday to all of you thanks for all it has been great to be here with all of you
Happy Birthday again!!
Congrats iReport. Thanks for being such a great partner!
Поздравляю " CNN " с днём рождения !
Привет из России !
This has been a great day, but it's just the first day of our birthday celebrations. We'll be rolling out great content all month and there are meetups scheduled all over the world.
I'd love for you to go to one: http://www.meetup.com/CNNiReport/
HAPPY BIRTHDAY... HAP-HAPPY BIRTHDAY...HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
CONGRATULATIONS CNN iReport. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I remember my first interview with Errol Barnett on TV about my "iphone sequel".
Thank you Jessica Ellis, Thank you Lila King, and my special thanks to Henry Hanks.
Many years more for ireport!
Happy Birthday, CNNiReport! Mskents and I are having our birthday celebration right at this moment! Wishing you many more years of great citizen photojournalism!!
Congratulations to CNN for providing a place for people to post their ideas, thoughts and wonderful photos. It has been a chance to learn from many different cultures and share ideas. Happy 5th Birthday CNNireport!!!!
18 more days before our San Diego birthday meetup...can't wait....HAPPY BIRTHDAY iReport team and reporters!!
Happy Birthday, IREPORT!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday CNN IREPORT keep on hard-working Happy Birthday CNN IREPORT.
Happy 5th Birthday CNN IREPORT from Fort Worth