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You might hear us say that we're excited about the iReport Awards weekend quite a bit over the next few weeks. That's because we are. We've wanted to host a conference here at the CNN Center for a few years now, and it's fantastic to see it become a reality.
One of our favorite ways to give back to our awesome, talented and inspiring iReport community is to provide feedback on the stories you share each day. Whether we're offering tips through the iReport boot camp or in special roundtable discussions, there's nothing more gratifying than to offer iReporters the tips and skills to tell even better stories. Likewise, it’s valuable for us to hear from you and get your perspectives on how we can improve the iReport experience.
And so it only makes sense that during the iReport Awards weekend, we'll host a day of in-depth talks, panel discussions, and hands-on sessions with CNN staffers and industry insiders at the CNN Center aimed to give attendees valuable knowledge and journalism skills that can be used throughout their lives to be a part of the stories that are important to them. It also gives us a chance to learn from you, and hear your thoughts and perspectives on the changing media landscape.
Below is a sampling of what you can expect:
Ethics in Media: CNN Sr. Editorial Director Richard T. Griffiths will lead a fascinating discussion on the tough decisions that journalists face when covering breaking news and other stories.
Photography tips: Attendees will have a hands-on opportunity to learn from a group of professional CNN photographers as they share their secrets on how to capture and edit unforgettable photos.
Vimeo Video School: Andrea Allen, one of the creative brains behind Vimeo Video School, will share a special citizen-journalism-focused version of her best advice on shooting and editing a video that the internet will love. Allen is the Director of Production + Community at Vimeo and a 2011 iReport Awards judge.
Mobile journalism mini-class: Victor Hernandez, News Futurist at CNN, doesn't just have a cool title -- he also knows about all of the coolest gadgets available to journalists. In this course, he'll show off some of the latest technology CNN uses to get stories back from far-flung places, and how to make the most of it as a citizen journalist.
The art of storytelling CNN Digital's top writers will share their perspectives on what makes a good story, and answer iReporters' questions.
But that's not all! Check back soon for information on additional discussions and panels. We hope you're as excited as we are.
What a great team for your weekend. I met Andrea from Vimeo last year at the CNN iReport awards. I spent some valuable time learning about her special video site. I now use it exclusively for all higher end productions.
As a professional journalist for most of my adult life, I find the IReporter Awards an insult to the integrity of the business. Getting free reports from unpaid amateurs rather than hiring professional journalists, then having the Chutzpah to hand out proprietary awards rather than salaries is the ultimate in media opportunism. I feel sorry for the amateurs who are being used in this way and inadvertently contributing to the rapid decline of the journalism field. CNN should be ashamed of itself for such low ethical standards.