Blog : January 2015
Meet Amanda, our 2015 spring intern »


We're excited to introduce you to a new member of the iReport crew. Please welcome Amanda Jackson!


Amanda has only been here four days, but she’s already vetted a bunch of newsy snow iReports and we’ve learned she has a soft spot for sunset photos. Here’s more from Amanda herself:


Amanda Jackson is a senior at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She will be graduating in May with her Bachelor’s of Arts in communications with a media emphasis and a public relations minor. She graduated from Del Mar College in 2013 with a double degree, Associates of Arts in Journalism and Associates of Arts in Public Relations/Advertising.


Amanda moved to Atlanta in January 2015 to accept an internship at CNN with the iReport team. She is looking forward to this new adventure and being able to gain skills in digital media, news gathering, and web producing.


She previously worked at KRIS Communications in Corpus Christi. Amanda started as a camera operator/editor and was promoted to Web Content/Social Media Producer for the KRIS6 Sunrise Show in January 2014.


Amanda is fascinated by the way people now consume news through social media. She is looking forward to learning and growing in the media industry.


In her spare time, between work and class, she loves the beach and taking her pug, Baby Girl, out for adventures.


Feel free to message her with any story ideas or to just say hi.


Please say hello to Amanda in the comments below! We are so happy to have her as part of the team.

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// January 29, 2015
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Goodbye and thank you »

As many of you have heard, tomorrow is my last day at CNN. I am leaving for The Poynter Institute, where I've accepted a job as their first Digital Innovation faculty member.


Leaving CNN and, more notably, the iReport team was a really difficult decision for me. I have been part of the iReport crew since 2008, the year was born, and I feel like many of our most active community members are real-life friends.


The iReport community is like no other. It's incredible to watch people across the world share their stories because they have a unique perspective on the news. Likewise, it has been a joy to work alongside the amazingly talented iReport team. No one knows participatory storytelling better than Christina, Daphne, David, Rachel, Sarah, Jareen and Henry.


While I'm undoubtedly sad to leave iReport, I am eager to see what's ahead for the team. There are some exciting changes in store for 2015 -- more details to come in the near future -- and you can rest assured I'll be cheering from the sidelines.


Thank you, the wonderful iReport community, for teaching me so much during my time at CNN. It's been an honor to play a small role in helping to share your stories with the world.

Posted by: katie // January 15, 2015
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The new CNN, iReport and you »

We’ve made a lot of changes here at CNN over the past few days. I hope you’re enjoying the new site, now that you’ve had some time to play with it.


The headlines are bigger, there are more photos and videos and we’ve moved a lot of stuff around (including iReport, which is linked up in the Opinions section, if you don’t use the direct link).


These changes are designed to showcase CNN’s great storytelling, including the stories we tell together. You can learn more about the changes  from our editor-in-chief, Meredith Artley.


Our first-person essay page looks great in the new site, and if you haven’t seen the Travel Photo of the Day on the Travel section, you’re in for a treat.


We are aware that some iReporters are getting logged out of the site randomly (it’s happening to us too). Our developers are working on this issue and we will let you know when it’s fixed. We appreciate your patience in the meantime.


The site relaunch is a huge project and we’re still working out a few kinks, so please let us know if you have any suggestions, or see something that isn’t working right. You can private message me, or email

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// January 7, 2015
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