Monday, April 01, 2013
Happy April Fools’ Day from iReport!

For years we’ve talked about taking over the Assignment Desk on iReport for April Fools’ Day. This year, we finally decided to pull it off!


Our team spends a lot of time brainstorming to come up with strong assignments, so we decided to poke fun at ourselves by thinking about it the other way: How do we turn good assignments into bad ones?


Our peaceful takeover included silly assignments like: I have no story to share, your ugliest travel photos, average weather photos, ask this random guy a question and your embarrassing flaws.


While we got a chuckle out of the fake solicitations, we weren’t sure how the community would react. Funny enough, we got some real stories to our joke assignments. From the ugliest travel photos to your non-news stories, we were tickled by the anecdotes behind your stories.


iReporter Teresa Christensen sent in this photo of her then-teenaged sons on a stop in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The fact that their heads are cut off was no accident, she said. “We were in the Badlands! But they were so inconvenienced, their attitudes so impatient, and their faces had such dread and contempt that I figured the best shot would be from the shoulders down with the beautiful Badlands in the background.”


When I called iReporter Gabriel Dominise about his colorful sunrise photo on a cold day in Essex, United Kingdom, he had a lot of details about his non-story. The conversation that ensued was delightful:


“When I saw the stories about nothing to tell, I thought I have some pictures with no stories at all and I wanted to make use of those useless ones,” he said. Dominise explained he was standing on a cold platform waiting for a delayed train this winter when he captured this photo.


“It’s so gloomy and it looks like a sunset but it’s early morning.  It was like a dead picture,” he said.


When asked what he thought of our no-story assignment, he said, “I was not expecting an assignment that asks if you have nothing to share. It’s unique. It’s interesting.”


It became apparent that our tomfoolery had worked, so I let Dominise in on the secret. He laughed when he realized it was a playful prank.


As for the ask a random guy at CNN a question assignment, we got quite the response when we posted it to our Facebook account. CNN's Jarrett Bellini was so bored, he actually answered some of the questions you sent!


Q: What exactly do you do? and do you enjoy being "the most unimportant person" at CNN?
A: I occupy a desk and occasionally walk around the newsroom with my coffee mug as though I'm meeting with people who matter. Being the most unimportant person at CNN is great. I can nap under my desk and literally nothing changes.


Q: Do you know why there were so many dead fish on the beach of Fort Lauderdale?
A: If you finally swam all the way to shore and suddenly found yourself in South Florida you'd probably kill yourself, too.


Q: How you doin'?
A: I have a canker sore. Otherwise, fine.


So to all of you who took part in our fun day of lighthearted humor: Thank you! iReport wouldn’t be the passionate, fun-loving community without you. Happy April Fools’ Day!

April 1, 2013
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Loved it!  It was obvious to us that it was a prank, but couldn't miss the opportunity to get a few hits for DOING NOTHING!  :)

April 1, 2013
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oh dear I am a real FOOL

April 1, 2013
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I really have enjoyed both yesterday and today with my iReports for Easter and April Fools day!  All I have to say is Thank You Team iReport.  The Jarrett Bellini ending was cool too lol!


April 1, 2013
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Fun assignments !

I agree with Marie , couldn't resist posting:)

April 2, 2013
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Hahahaaaaa I saw these assignments and was quietly perturbed and didn't even make the 4/1 connection :DDD

April 2, 2013
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Yay, I'm glad you all enjoyed our April Fools' Day assignments! I had a blast reading your iReports and laughing along the way :)

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