Tuesday, May 22, 2012
CNN iReport Awards: Breaking News


Breaking news is a vital part of CNN iReport's mission. iReporters are often among the first people on the scene of a major news event – either as witnesses or participants in the story.


The iReporters nominated in the Breaking News category contributed to the depth and impact of CNN's coverage by giving a firsthand view of the situation:


Egyptian forces fire tear gas on bridge


Heather Wiley and her father George watched the Arab Spring unfold in Egypt from their hotel window. They were filming as a huge crowd of demonstrators marched across Cairo's Kasr Al Nile Bridge on the way to Tahrir Square.


Even from a distance, you could hear the crowds cheering and the pop of tear gas canisters that retreating Egyptian authorities fired into the crowd.


Arrested as a photographer


Awards protest


iReporter Jay Sansone was photographing the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York when demonstrators clashed with police.


Sansone said the scene in Zuccotti Park was a nightmare, with thousands of people scattering in all directions. His photos captured the drama of the confrontation and the powerful emotions he felt as the chaotic scene swirled around him.


Disaster hits Joplin, Missouri


Joplin aftermath


Miguel Olave traveled with a missionary group to Joplin, Missouri, to help residents clean up after the devastating May 22, 2011, tornado.


Olave said that every time he went to a disaster area, he "would get chills … my hairs would stand up." He says that his dramatic photos only captured a glimpse of the devastation.


Indiana State Fair stage collapse


Jessica Silas was waiting for the popular country group Sugarland to perform when a storm kicked up powerful winds at the Indiana State Fairground. Silas decided to shoot video of the storm, and was filming when the stage collapsed.


You can hear screams as people in the crowd realized what happened. The video shows people near the stage rushing to rescue people trapped under the debris.

Japan earthquake



Ryan McDonald was in his apartment in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, when the March 11, 2011, earthquake struck the region. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that ravaged coastal areas and caused a nuclear disaster.


McDonald described what he was experiencing as he shot shaky video of the quake. You can hear the fear in his voice as he realizes just how bad the quake was.


Quechee covered bridge


James E. Miller said he had no idea how badly Hurricane Irene had hit Quechee, Vermont, until he walked down to Main Street and saw the river washing away the town's covered bridge.  Miller said the river normally flows 20 or 30 feet below the bridge.


Which story would you pick? You can vote for your pick for the Community Choice Award at the CNN iReport Awards website and you can share your story at CNN iReport.

May 23, 2012
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Still in 2012 we have public cross burnings in iredell north carolina, an have it advertised on the front paper is a shame.

May 25, 2012
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Yes.  That's the problem.   Crosses on fire.

Any opinions on ACTUAL death and violence?  Take a look in the inner cities (and not just in the big cities either!).


Cross burnings are offensivej, yes, but I'd focus on the vulgar violence first.

...I didn't know that cross burnings happened anywhere these days, but it's small beans compared to the brother-on-brother killings

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