Monday, March 03, 2014
A new chapter for CNN iReport

We're in the midst of an exciting time here at CNN iReport. Last year we discovered the power of the personal essay, with countless compelling stories written by you, our talented community; we produced more iReport content for CNN Digital than ever before, including in-depth investigative stories that you first alerted us to; and we experimented with new methods of real-time audience interaction, including Google Hangouts on a variety of fascinating topics.


Of course, with growth comes change. After many discussions and careful consideration, we've decided to not host the CNN iReport Awards this year. We launched the Awards back in 2011 as a way to celebrate citizen journalism and honor our community's contributions. Since that time, we have honored dozens of impressive iReporters and have shown the world that iReport encompasses not only breaking news, but also commentary, interviews, personal stories, photo essays, original reporting, and in-depth storytelling.


The iReport Awards have been a labor of love over the years. Not hosting the Awards this year will allow our small but mighty team to produce even more compelling stories and fun projects with our community; to stay on top of the latest news and trends; and, most importantly, to work towards exciting and much-needed technical improvements to the site. We’ve got some exciting stuff planned for the year ahead, and look forward to sharing it with you all.


Thank you to all of you who are members of the amazing iReport community, and congratulations again to all of our past Awards recipients and nominees.  You have helped build a worldwide network of creative, curious and smart people who have shown time and again that news stories affect all of us. We are so excited to continue sharing and telling your stories, in bigger and better ways than ever before.

March 3, 2014
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Thanks for the info Katie.  I'm looking forward to many exciting assignments this year.

March 3, 2014
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I would like to share with you the advances made by Dr Armando Moncada Jr. of Atlanta, regarding discovering certain types of cancer at early stage, he is dedicated to combat Cancer since  two of sister has been victims.


March 3, 2014
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Thanks, @KCRep! Me too. We've got some exciting ones coming up soon!


And @tegicigalpa4, that sounds like an interesting story! You should upload it; we'll gladly give it a look!

March 4, 2014
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Now that's not fair, Katie. You whetted the appetite and told us we have to wait to taste the full meal. LOL


Will eagerly await to see what is in store as the days and months roll out the changes for our community.

March 5, 2014
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Do you have to publish the ireports in english? Can`t find information on this in the guidelines.

March 5, 2014
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@k3vsDad, I know -- such a tease! If you have suggestions/thoughts/etc in the meantime, we're all ears.


@JRBergen, our site is set up to accept iReports in both English and Spanish. You're welcome to upload in other languages, but please keep in mind that our audience is primarily English-speaking.

March 5, 2014
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Katie, thanks. Most of the suggestion I have come from the iReport community which as you know were summed in this iReport: iReporters Sound Off to Team iReport

March 5, 2014
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no more ireport Awards?  Aiyo!  but hope that you have projects for me from SL

March 5, 2014
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Sounds exciting! Hope all interests will be covered and included. Looking forward to six more years with iReport and gang.

Thanks to all of you!

March 5, 2014
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Thanks for the update! I'm excited  :)

March 5, 2014
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Good call. The awards were way too controversial. I never voted because I don't like popularity contests.



March 5, 2014
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Too bad about the awards…I was excited to keep trying for one…. :)


I'm excited to see what's coming up though!

March 6, 2014
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Thanks all for the supportive comments! It was a tough decision to suspend the Awards, but it will definitely give us more time for fresh new assignments, creative projects and other exciting improvements!

March 7, 2014
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i find it very frustrating that cnn does not inform if an iReport "passes" or fails.  you leave the iReport as "not vetted" instead of giving the author feedback.


i find it:


1. unappreciative

2. rude

3. unproductive

4. frustrating


if i submit something i wrote, i would rather that it openly fails to make the grade than that it goes  into approval limbo.


after a couple of weeks with no feedback you know that your article flunked.  but every morning there is always a little expectation that maybe, just maybe, the editors were swamped, lazy or late and that this is the day when they will get back to you with a YES or a NO.


you would get much more quality material if you respected ireporters and sent them feedback on their piece, thus stimulating them to do better next time, in case their ireports flunked.


as is, not only will there NOT be a next time for me, but i have already reduced the number of times that i visit cnn website, because every time i see your logo i remember that i am not even worthy of the barest respect: a "NO".



March 7, 2014
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iReport is not "pass" or "fail". Has nothing to do with that. Nor is this Journalism School 101.


Think of iReport more as the "Letters to the Editor" section of the newspaper. Sometimes even those letters are picked up to include in an article or storyline in the newspaper. The majority of the time, the letters are published and that's it.


Same with iReports.

March 8, 2014
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Hi Kate, fresh and ever changing assignments is what we need to keep us on our toes. Citizen journalism is a great hobby!

March 12, 2014
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I for one look forward to being able to express my viewpoints in words and or pictures from where I stand in the world. I think that is what ireport offers, big news or little news, it's news that is important to you and maybe someone else..

March 15, 2014
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March 16, 2014
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janrekoutis, click on "upload" in the upper right corner of your browser when on Comments you add just like on this blog post on an iReport at the bottom of the report, but you must be signed in to comment. Hope this helps.

March 24, 2014
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Investigative report interest me. Looking forward for this assignment.

March 26, 2014
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I would like CNN to know that it is disappointing that Pierce Morgan has been fired. If you are so afraid to share the views he has, and a lot of viewers have in whatever the topic,  you may as well shut down your station. Saying only what you think people want to hear, instead of debate and information on both sides of the story as Pierce Morgan does is truly your loss and it will come back to bite you.


Th fill-in anchors are terrible. Hope you keep Pierce Morgan!!! 

April 3, 2014
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Thanks Katie for great share! I hope to see some more update about this.

April 5, 2014
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Can i get a permanent job in in CNN through ireport staff?

April 18, 2014
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Hi all! Thanks so much for the suggestions. We heard you loud and clear on the fresh assignments and have been creating more than ever lately! You can see all the latest assignments here:


And @ICMH, you can check out Turner job postings here:

April 28, 2014
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So glad Piers is gone - please please please bring Larry King back!!!!!! He is the best!!!!

April 30, 2014
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One emigrant, who is an illegal worker (he havent NI number and others) from Hungary, and who was arrested 1 month ago, have this opinion from English queen Elizabeth.


If you dont see the picture, than log in to your facebook and check again.

May 12, 2014
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Katie,i sent my Article to your Ireport email address and could not assess it ton my profile page to claim the report. how can i upload it on my Ireport page.


May 15, 2014
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In an organization or Companies, without Awards & promotion, the workers will not be able to put on their best in that company. For e.g. when a breaking News occurs, and it's happens to be the dangerous one, an iReporter will be close to take a view of the incident' no matter how dangerous it is. Let me give you a tip, and as well do some Crack here. if a disasterous News broke out! and their was an iReporter around that area. if the iReporter check his/her mind and sees that the Network he's reporting news for, doesn't send a verification email/been not Appreciative by saying atleast 'Thank You' to your iReporter for taking such a risk, or not Rewarding them for their superlative supports, the iReporter after seeing this thoughts in his/her mind, will just work away...saying, what will I gain after taking this risk? Nothing!

but if the iReporter sees that e.g CNN always reward their best iReporter, or showing signs of Appreciation through Email, will quickly try to take the risk, just to win the Award.


Advice to our fellow iReporter. when you see someone is doing a great job/work here, try to show some praise to he/she, so as to keep up to date, Comment, Share and call the persons number to confirm the News...all are part of Appreciation. Thanks


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May 21, 2014
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Lovely to read this Katie! as a newcomer, I would love to contribute more from the Middle East area! Regards to all CNNIreport team from me in Dubai, UAE.

May 30, 2014
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Myanmar(Burma)approved World's 1st. 'Pro-Moneylaundering Law' (ref:Myanmar Law No:15/20 14,clause:2-B)in favour of Drug-lords & very Corrupted Officials there.


This is a blunt infringement of Int'l Rules on Anti Money Laundering & also a blunt effort to launder (1)illegally gotten money (2)to inject drug-related money into Int'l Investment(which will soon chaos in ASEAN Economy)


Khun Pai

December 12, 2014
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Oh, nice katie.. Like you & your Story...

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