Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The new iReport is here!

 

2011 has been a big year for iReport. It's been a centerpiece of CNN's coverage of so many hugely important news stories, like the revolution in Egypt and Arab Spring, the earthquake in Japan, and more recently, the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Occupy Wall Street. In the course of all those stories, we've also made iReport a more powerful tool for participating in the news by launching things like the Open Story and a new iReport app. And of course we celebrated a big milestone - five fantastic years - with a party all the way around the world.

 

Today we're releasing an entirely re-imagined version of iReport for web, one that starts and ends with the most important thing about iReport: its people. People who care deeply about stories they're part of, or issues that affect them. People who share their experience and expertise to help the rest of us understand the heart of a story.

 

The new iReport invites you to surround yourself with sources and topics that matter to you. Tell us what you care about and we'll alert you when there's a story that needs your voice. CNN will continue to pay close attention to the stories and conversations here on iReport, and vet the best ones to include in CNN's coverage. Together, iReport and CNN can tell the whole story.

 

Ok, so. This new site? There's a lot here. A few things we hope you'll notice right away:

 

A personalized homepage. Once you log in, you'll see a new iReport homepage that's designed to highlight stories and assignments we think you'll be interested in. You might not see a whole lot at first, but as you join new groups and follow iReporters you admire, their work will be what you see on your homepage. To start off, everyone is following Team iReport, the group at CNN charged with finding and highlighting the best of iReport every day.

 

Groups. There are nearly a million people in the iReport community. That's a lot of people. The new "groups" on iReport are like mini-communities of people who share a common interest, like politics or travel photography or Robin Meade's Morning Express show on HLN. Join groups to meet other people with interests like yours, and to get new assignments on stories that need your voice.

 

Favorites. Every iReport sports a new "favorite" button, which lets you mark the stories you think deserve attention. Your favorites will display on your profile page, and also help tell CNN which stories need looking into.

 

A beautiful new media player. We've rebuilt our media player so that every video and photo iReport can now be seen in beautiful high definition format. It's the same size and quality of the new video player on CNN.com, which means that iReporters and Anderson Cooper get equal treatment for their best work. Awesome.

 

Check out this demo of the new site!

 

That's just the beginning. Take a look around, try out the new features and let us know what you think. You can drop us a line at contact@ireport.com, or stop by one of several community roundtable chats we'll host on the iReport blog over the next few days.

 

Hope to see you soon,

Lila & Team iReport

23 Comments
November 15, 2011
Click to view WausauFamily's profile

This new look is great! Hard to see past ireports, but the new size shown really features strong visual presents. Nice work!

November 15, 2011
Click to view lila's profile

Thanks, @WausauFamily! Really happy you like it. We're working on fixing the past iReports issue, shouldn't be too long.

November 15, 2011
Click to view duvallone's profile

I hate this new format.  i liked to go directly to the most commented list and read what people were interested in and then comment.  I can't figure this one out at all.

 

November 15, 2011
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I have been on this site for sometime. I have all kinds of badges. It was easy to use and I too like the most commented section. Was there a focus group that decided to eliminate what drew people to use this site instead of others? I am in web design and this is the most user-unfriendly thing I have seen in a long time. I can't find anything on it and I personally do not care which post the IReports team likes. I will keep trying, but between the freezing screens, poor navigation and excess graphics it is gettign too messy. Good luck with new users - you better hope they are really web savy. Might be a good idea to metric your traffic numbers before and after this mess.

November 15, 2011
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Hi @duvallone and @Democritic! You can still easily find the most commented iReports. Go to the "explore" page - there's a link to it at the top right of every page on the site. Then just click on the most recent iReports and sort them by most commented. It's actually the the same number of clicks as it was on the old site, though the path is a little different.

November 15, 2011
Click to view Gadbadwala's profile

This is a scheme to get public reports and images for free and use it for commercial purposes. This is a shrewd scheme cooked by CNN.

November 15, 2011
Click to view standupkid's profile

Loving the new site and seeing so much potential for a great, informative and exciting community. Glad to be here!

November 15, 2011
Click to view KCRep's profile

I can no longer comment on any ireport, or even see the videos that are posted, sometimes I can't even see the pictures.

 

November 15, 2011
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I liked the new look until I realized there is no longer a real 'main page' that lists current stories, assignments, happenings, etc. I hate logging on and going to my page. If I want to socialize I'll go to facebook. I didn't join iReport to socialize.

November 15, 2011
Click to view mcintron's profile

Having a hard time with screen freeze too. Happens every single time I try to view a story. The photos or video will not load and I end up having to restart my computer as it freezes up completely. I know all new programs come with glitches, but was this beta tested before it's release? As of today, I still am unable to navigate the site. Finally, I do hope you will return a real 'home page' that includes links to stories other than those favorited or recommended by the people I follow. Like I said, if I want facebook, I'll visit my facebook page.

November 15, 2011
Click to view mcintron's profile

PS All that said, the larger screens and format is nice. I don't want to sound overly critical. But it seems important for you to get all feedback and the above has been my experience thus far. Ireport no longer seems like a part of CNN.com to me, but rather like an overt attempt to make it into a social site that happens to glean stories for use on CNN and CNN.com. Sad.

November 15, 2011
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tbr

This new sight SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! Keeps locking up my computer every time I open a post. This is the first one to open out of three.

 

Fix the bugs before you bring it online!!!!!!!!!!

November 15, 2011
Click to view DavidMcLane's profile

The new format meant that I had to change the screen size on my laptop to 1280x800 to have it fit on the screen. However, 1:1.5 images don't fill the area and there's this really ugly blurry background added to either side. I think it detracts from the impact of the image and would look better if it were black.

 

The images that accompanied the last few reports I sent it were 1800x1200 as Nicole Saidi said I could send them that big and they would be automatically scaled down and could also be used at a larger size for things she was doing. They come out well in the new format (except for the blurry fill), but the images for all my other posts were only 600x400 and while they don't look terrible, they aren't anywhere as clear as the originals. Such is life ...

 

The other thing that looks a bit weird it the dots and arrows way off to the right where it hardly shows.

 

Finally, I had hoped there would be a way to add pop-up captions on photos (as I saw on something Nicole did). I did a test upload of a photo where it on the left side of the screen it said:

Select your media

Your iReport can be a video, photo,

audio file or caption

I don't see any way to add a caption. Please advise.

 

November 15, 2011
Click to view PDXSerric's profile

Um.... first time logging in for a while.  Question:  can we choose to view the old iReports?  On that I could go where I wanted instantly, to the stories that interested me, etc.  Here I can't even go to a 'most commented' page or filter what I want to see... or, at least, I can't figure out how.

 

I hate to say it, but this new iReport isn't my cup of tea.

November 16, 2011
Click to view GUSANO75's profile

EXCELENTE CONGRATULATIONS, AGUSTIN MARTE, OAXACA MEXICO.

November 16, 2011
Click to view katie's profile

@KCRep What kind of browser and computer are you using? We'll pass along the feedback to our tech team.

November 16, 2011
Click to view katie's profile

@mcintron Thank you for your feedback. Obviously, the personalized news feed is a big change and it will take some time to get used to and figuring out how best use the new site. Bear with us as we're learning as well!

 

As for your technical problems, if you could pass along what browser and computer you're using, that will help us track down bugs.

November 16, 2011
Click to view katie's profile

@tbr What browser are you using? We're deploying some fixes tomorrow that will hopefully make your experience better! Thanks for the feedback.

November 16, 2011
Click to view katie's profile

@DavidMcLane Same advice as the folks above! If you could send along what browser/computer you're using, it would be helpful for us to track down bugs. We'll be making some fixes tomorrow, so stay tuned for some changes. Thanks for the feedback!

November 16, 2011
Click to view KCRep's profile

Katie I am using Firefox 7, then switching to GoogleChrome, both are having problems that I mentioned.  I was able to place an ireport last night though.  So maybe things are better today.  The pictures and videos on other reports are touch and go, sometimes they work and sometimes they do.

November 16, 2011
Click to view KCRep's profile

Katie I am using Firefox 7, then switching to GoogleChrome, both are having problems that I mentioned.  I was able to place an ireport last night though.  So maybe things are better today.  The pictures and videos on other reports are touch and go, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.  I just added Internet Explorer to fix my last post.  Also, you wanted to know which computer I use, Gateway.

November 16, 2011
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Katie, thanks for the quick response. I hate to sound so critical of something I know you all have worked very hard at getting right. I hope the criticism is taken as constructive although I see I was a little aggravated when I posted and it showed. I would truly love to see the new iReport have a big ol' main page with all the news like the old one did. I don't like the 'explore' page as an option. It's very limited and doesn't feel right. As to the computer and program, I'm using IE9 on an HP. David has addressed the problem on twitter and said a fix will be made tomorrow. I'm looking forward to viewing iReports again. :)

November 26, 2011
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Just Joined but wat i Know New things always come with Great Ideas and alot of People commented Nicely hence meaning its Great. Thanks ...U Can tell me more about new ideas and staff i can participate into...

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