Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Top five: What we'll do next

Editor's note: CNN's citizen journalism initiative, iReport, is celebrating its fifth birthday this month. To mark the occasion, we're taking a look at some of iReport's shining moments in a series of top five posts on a variety of topics. Today, iReport ringleader Lila King wraps it up with a look at what's coming.



It's been an incredible month here in iReportland. At the beginning of it we marked our fifth anniversary and set off on a string of daily top five lists on everything from international breaking news to squirrels to one very sweet love letter. At the same time of course, there was a revolution stirring in Libya, an earthquake near Washington D.C. and a huge hurricane that battered most of the eastern United States, three huge stories CNN told together with iReport and the people living through them.


I can't help but beam when I think about how far iReport has come in these five extraordinary years. But since we've already spent a month looking back, let's make this last list about what's coming. So, here we go. Top five things to come:


A fresh look


This fall we'll unveil a new site for iReport, including lots of new features and a much more streamlined experience. It's beautiful and I can't wait to be able to share it. (If you'd like updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.)


iReport everywhere


One thing you may have noticed recently is that iReport has been working with other groups and media organizations on joint projects. Like this one with our corporate cousins CNN Money, or these regular challenges with Mashable. We've even collaborated with Team Coco on hilarious videos for Andy Richter, no kidding. And, we've got several new shared projects on the way.


iReport has always operated on the principle that news is a very broad category: it's true stories that tell us something about our world. Joining forces with other groups lets us tap into stories and communities outside of traditional news, and bring the things they know and love into the iReport fold.


A bigger team


iReport itself is growing, and we're staffing up at CNN to support it. We've just posted three new jobs on Team iReport in Atlanta, and there very well may be more on the way. It's a newsy, smart, creative, thoughtful, super fun team and while I'm certainly biased, I'm also pretty sure it's one of the greatest groups working in journalism today. Join us!


True community

Ok, ok. If you'd asked me three years ago whether we had a true community on iReport, I would have said yes. And I would have been right. But what I mean here, and for the future, is that we're building a community that includes all of us who care about telling the stories that shape our world. That means iReporters and CNNers alike.


Until recently, CNN staffers not directly involved in Team iReport mostly stayed off our site. But lately that's been changing. With the Open Story, several CNNers (like Miami-based producer Kim Segal and New York-based photojournalist Thomas Jurek) have been using iReport as a way to file their reports back to the newsroom.


You should expect to see more CNNers here, contributing and interacting and being part of the club. Because we're all in this together.


Invent the future


That's what we're here for, after all. Earlier this year we launched Open Story, a template for telling a developing story in real-time together with the many people who experience it. It's a first big step toward figuring out how to collaborate on the story of an event. Why does it matter? Because one perspective is almost never enough to understand what's really going on.


Now we get to figure out the next step.


(Bonus!) A rad party


After a month of meetups all around the world, we're bringing the celebration home to Atlanta at the Whitespace gallery in Inman Park. If you're in town, I hope you'll join us on Thursday!

1 Comment
September 1, 2011
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good morning to all,



every morning the first thing I do when I come out off my room and I go to the kitchen to make my coffe or have my coffe is turn on the tv to see what is going on in the world and the network that I choose is CNN and is supossed to be the world news leader, but for what ever reason when there is an inportant report about FARM WORKERS we don't see much. this morning I saw a report on someone that was taking a picture off their home from the air and someone felt that was very important to air. what about the farm workers that are walking from the central valley to SACRAMENTO to see if someone helps them so that they can be treated fair and to get paid the way it should be, they don't even get paid the minimum wage. is this important to report??


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