Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Introducing the iReport Awards – June 22-24, 2012

We have some exciting news to announce: The iReport Awards are getting bigger. Last year, we launched the Awards as a way to honor the best examples of participatory journalism from the iReport community in several categories, including: Breaking News, Commentary, Interview, Original Reporting, Personal Story, and Compelling Imagery (see last year's winners).


Now we’re extending the Awards into a weekend-long event.


From June 22-24, we’ll host a real-life gathering and celebration of the iReport community here at CNN Center in Atlanta. The weekend events will include exciting opportunities for a select group of attendees to meet and mingle with CNN staffers and the iReport team, sessions designed to share journalism experiences and discuss the changing media landscape, and – of course – a fabulous iReport Awards ceremony. The iReport Awards weekend is a way for CNN to demonstrate its commitment to participatory journalism and the amazing stories we’re able to find and cover and share thanks to the iReport community.


You can find more information about the event below.



The weekend events will be held at the CNN Center and surrounding locations in Atlanta, Georgia.      The festivities will kick off at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center with a networking mixer on Friday night. On Saturday, attendees will participate in in-depth talks, panel discussions and hands-on sessions with CNNers and industry insiders at the CNN Center, followed by the Awards ceremony at nearby Ventana's. And on Sunday, the weekend will wind down with breakfast and optional one-on-one time with the iReport team back at CNN’s headquarters.


Hotel information

iReporters attending the iReport Awards are encouraged to make hotel reservations at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. A special group rate discount of $143.00/night is available. To make a reservation, just call (404) 659-0000 and let the receptionist know you’re reserving a room under the “CNN iReport Awards” group block. Attendees are welcome to make hotel reservations elsewhere, but will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations and transportation.



Shuttle service will be provided to and from the CNN Center and other events scheduled during the Awards weekend. Attendees will be responsible for any other transportation needs outside of the Awards ceremony.


Special VIP Tour of CNN

Attendees will go behind the scenes of CNN’s worldwide headquarters in a special VIP tour that includes an exclusive opportunity to go inside our state-of-the-art HD Studio 7, where most of CNN's daytime broadcasting takes place.


Who can attend?

Attendance will be limited to iReport Awards nominees and special guests. Any remaining slots will be open to an application process. We do hope to expand the number of attendees for future iReport Awards events. Stay tuned for more details!

May 15, 2012

Having been to CNN Atlanta behind the scenes a few times I know this is sure to be a great event. Congratulations on a great roster of nominees.

Much Metta


May 24, 2012
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Have a great Awards Weekend in Atlanta but don´t forget us 24/7 iReporters!

May 26, 2012
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Where is the application? Thanks

May 26, 2012
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