Blog : July 2013
How to get a CNN byline: We're taking your questions! »


[Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET] Thanks for coming to the hangout! Here's the archives of the discussion. Thanks to all who participated, especially Jack Barr and Jan Winburn.

Ever wanted to write for CNN? Richard Lucas has. He wrote a personal essay about his battle with anxiety.


Tracy Scarpulla has too. She wrote about her changing views on gun control.


Both Lucas and Scarpulla’s stories started off as iReports, and soon their essays were run on with a byline.


If you’ve always wanted to know what it takes to write for CNN, this is your chance - you can post essays to our assignment!


We’ll be holding a Google Hangout on Tuesday, July 16 at 3 p.m. ET with CNN Digital Enterprise Editor Jan Winburn, and a special guest iReporter.


What separates personal essays from other writing? What do all of the iReport essays published so far have in common, and what does CNN look for in a writer? Find out Tuesday.


Winburn will be sharing a few tips on what CNN is looking for in personal essays, and as always, we’ll be taking your questions. Post them here on the blog, or you can tweet us your question using "#cnnessays."


We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday! Once again, click here at the appointed time to watch.

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// July 9, 2013
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Journey to the Rio Grande Valley »

Texas is a big state. And though Houston and the Rio Grande Valley are both within its borders, major differences exist in terms of opportunity and culture. Houston teacher Pegah Javidpour led a group of high school students on a learning and community service trip to the Rio Grande Valley near the Mexican border last month. The students volunteered through local non-profits and met with people in the community, which contains a large population of migrant farm workers. They also filed iReports about their experiences.


"We first started with the students doing a photography project to capture their experience," explained Javidpour. "But in 2012, we expanded to the students writing iReports to post on CNN about their experience and an issue that they are thinking about as a result of the trip." She found out about iReport through a colleague whose brother works for CNN.


We think it's pretty great that the students are sharing their thoughts and observations from the trip with the world, from talking immigration with the U.S. Border Patrol to working alongside migrant farm workers. And we're also thrilled that iReport gave them a chance to sharpen their writing skills and express themselves. You can check out all of their submissions here.


Thanks to all the students who shared their stories with us! If you're a Texas student who'd like to find out more about the program, it's part of a partnership between KIPP Houston public charter schools and B.R.I.D.G.E., a nonprofit organization that supports the children of migrant workers. And if your school is working on a project that you'd like to share with CNN, be sure to check out our student voices section!

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// July 5, 2013
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Team iReport is looking for a fall 2013 intern »

Calling all young, aspiring journalists! Are you a college student hungry for a piece of CNN iReport pie? You’re in luck because we’re looking for one lucky intern to join our team at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, this fall.


This full-time, paid experience lasts about 12 weeks and is open to college students currently enrolled in school. Course credit is available, and preference is given to students who have previously contributed to CNN iReport.


The CNN iReport intern is a valuable member of our editorial team. In addition to vetting iReports, writing stories, producing galleries, and joining in brainstorming and editorial planning, interns will also have the opportunity to learn from a host of CNN professionals in various departments.


Sound exciting? Click here for more details and to formally apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 19.

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// July 3, 2013
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