Blog : September 2013
Team iReport is looking for a spring 2014 intern  »

Are you a college student waiting to dive into the world of CNN iReport? Today’s your lucky day. We’re looking for an intern to join our team at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, this spring.

This full-time, paid experience lasts about 12 weeks, from late January to early April, 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 like your dream job? Click here for more details and to formally apply. The deadline for applications is Sunday, October 27.

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// September 27, 2013
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‘Marcus Harun Reports’ and lands a network news anchor »

He first got our attention in a big way when he parodied “The Situation Room,” flawlessly recreating the set from the comfort of his basement back in 2008.


Now, at the age of 21, Marcus Harun is hosting is own professional-quality online news show. In the first episode of his monthly iReport web series “Marcus Harun Reports,” he recently posted an interview with former ABC News anchor Charles Gibson, reflecting on how the world has changed since 9/11.


“With iReport, you have a power that I haven’t found anywhere else. You’re doing reporting, but you can actually get an audience to see it. I’ve missed posting there regularly so I wanted to do a show throughout my senior year of college before I graduate,” he said.


Harun sure has come a long way since that parody of Wolf Blitzer's CNN show, which he produced as a book report on "Lord of the Flies" while in high school.


After we were blown away by that first video, Harun became a frequent contributor to CNN iReport. He ended 2008 the way he began it, this time spoofing “Anderson Cooper 360” as “Marcus Harun 360.” The host, the correspondents and the guests? All of them were played by Marcus Harun. Anderson Cooper and crew were so impressed that they featured him on air as “The Shot” that week.


Through blizzards and election days, Harun continued to share the news from Hamden, Connecticut and his views on what was happening around the world.


This past election year, he shared his thoughts on the campaign as an undecided voter, complete with professional graphics and backdrop, looking more and more like the anchor he aspires to be.


“I think iReport is such a great place for citizen journalists to be able to thrive. With this show, I hope to be able to feature other iReporters’ work, get their opinions on topics in the news,” he said.


Congratulations on a fantastic pilot, Marcus! We can't wait to see the next episode.


Follow Marcus’ latest exploits here and check out his interview with Gibson.

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// September 13, 2013
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Roundtable: Everyday racism »

To mark the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we hosted a Google Hangout last Thursday to discuss race relations in America. We were delighted to have diversity consultant and veteran iReporter Omekongo Dibinga and Brown University Professor of Africana Studies Tricia Rose join us for what was a frank and enlightening discussion.



The video chat was part of our Everyday Racism project. You can check out the full interactive and explore the hundreds of submissions we received.


Thank you to all of you who shared personal stories and asked great questions during the Google Hangout. For those who weren’t able to catch the live roundtable, we encourage you to watch the video below and post your comments here on the blog. We look forward to keeping the conversation going.

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// September 5, 2013
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