Wednesday, November 11, 2015
An iReport update is coming soon

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We are excited to announce that CNN iReport is getting a new look to make it easier for you to share your stories, photos and videos with CNN. By simply including the hashtag #CNNiReport on your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts, the content of those posts will be sent automatically to CNN.

 

iReport was one of the first user-generated social networks by any news organization when it launched in 2006. With the changing landscape in news becoming more mobile and social-media focused, we are making these updates to allow our CNN and iReport community to better connect with the network's growing mobile and social presence around the world.

 

CNN's teams are working hard to make these changes, and you should start to see them next week.

 

Questions about iReport?  Please feel free to contact us. You can post questions in the comments below and we will respond throughout the week. You can also reach us on Twitter and Facebook at @CNNiReport or email contact@iReport.com.

 

Thank you for being a part of the iReport community and sharing your stories with CNN. We look forward to telling more amazing stories together!

45 Comments
November 11, 2015
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

So, David, does that mean we will no longer be uploading directly to iReport?

 

Does that mean that the Team and moderators will pick and choose which reports are on the site?

 

Or does the change mean that this is a different medium for uploading or submitting reports to iReport while still allowing for direct uploads as well?

 

Thanks.

November 11, 2015
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Will those be the only way to add or can you still add the old way? I do not Twitter or Instagram so...

November 11, 2015
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Hi @k3vsDad,

You will still have the option to post directly to the site, as well as through social media. We’re getting a new uploader in a few weeks that we’ll be able to put on any story on CNN — effectively turning every CNN story into an invitation to post an iReport.

Our team will pre-moderate submissions to make sure they don’t violate our community guidelines before they appear on the site. If the iReport requires a lot of fact checking or is about a delicate subject, we will go through the vetting process and verify the content before it appears on the site.

Your posts won’t appear on your profile page right now, but we’re working on that.

November 11, 2015
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@mab91c,

We will still have assignment pages that will have a place for you to upload your stories directly to the site.

It will work differently than it does now, but you'll still be able to participate.

 

Also, what you see on launch day won't be the final product. We'll be making lots of little changes as new tools come on line and we get a feel for how the system works in the real world.

November 11, 2015
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Very good news, congratulations iReport team and I hope that this platform will continue to grow and taking the hits it has until today.

 

I hope the team of CNN in Spanish also enter this platform. I would like to send my language also Ireport

November 11, 2015
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Muy buena noticia, muchas felicidades al equipo de ireport y con esto yo espero que esta plataforma siga creciendo y teniendo los exitos que hasta hoy tiene.

 

Yo espero que el equipo de CNN en español tambien entre en esta plataforma. Me gustaria enviar Ireport en mi idioma también.

November 11, 2015
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I talked to our friends at CNN Español yesterday about creating new assignments in Spanish.

It will take some time to get everybody up and running, but they're excited too.

November 11, 2015
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I saw the big effort made by Cnn : there is now possible to write and load in arabic . It's not easy , but for Cnn it's not.  It's easy .Perhps the language is some hard and complicated, but not bad .It's a great step .

 

November 11, 2015
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I think it's good that iReport is making changes. I hope the changes are made in various stages. From mechanical operations to the personal workings between iReport, the ITeam observing a bit closer to iReports submitted, vetting, etc.. Changes are good. Progress! :)

November 11, 2015
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Congratulations ITeam, this is good news. I've been noticing on local news channels how everyone is jumping on board the social media train. I always thought to myself, CNN iReport was ahead of it's time.  Now the networks are catching up. 

So what I'm thinking, is that the submitted iReports that are news worthy and/or following the assignments (and if chosen) will show up automatically with no little red seal of approval? 

Will we still have our iReport community?  Will our stats still be listed on our profile page?  So many questions I know.  Just curious.

Happy that we are going forward.  I'll still have to do things manually (or the old way).  I'm hoping that doesn't limit us.

Just happy to know that CNN iReport is moving forward with change and so happy to be a part of it.  Thank you iTeam. :) 

November 11, 2015
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Thank you David, I look forward to new changes. I recommend keeping the direct posting as well but adding additional sharing buttons on the posts and profile so we may share it to our favorite social sites. Regards, Aasi

November 11, 2015
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Hey SlickNick,

Our hope is that this will streamline the process of turning iReport submissions into content, so we can do more assignments and tell more people's stories.

November 11, 2015
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Will previous posts be deleted or removed from website or not?

November 11, 2015
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Those are good questions MarieSager.

1) Yes, iReports will appear in the assignments as soon as we have verified them. We'll be able to verify some posts faster than others and there will be a delay between the time they are posted and the time they appear on the site.

 

2) I love the iReport community and I know that a lot of people have built really strong relationships over the years. This will be a big change and it might take a while for everyone to regroup. Our Facebook page will be a good place for you all to get together and stay in touch.

 

One thing I would encourage you all to do is save any private messages and comments you want to keep. Unfortunately, those will go away.

 

3) We're still working on the new profiles. They will not be ready at launch, but we want them to be linked up as well as possible.

 

4) We want people to share their stories from wherever they are - whether they're on the site, or on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The new site will also be much more mobile-friendly, so you can post to an assignment from your phone.

 

Thanks

 

November 11, 2015
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benjamin82

Our developers have written a program that will archive every user's iReports. They'll look a little bit different, but the videos will still play and you'll be able to click through all the photo galleries.

We are not able to save the comments, so those will go away.

November 12, 2015
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Will our stats still be on our profile?

November 12, 2015
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Thanks for the feedback Dave.

November 12, 2015
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..Our "BADGES", David..What about our "BADGES"?

 

Will they remain?

 

Do we get to look at and keep them 'til _____do us part?

 

No, seriously now..oK,.ready ?..

 

Once "new" comments are posted,..how long will they remain?

 

Nice to see your face once again and to be in contact.

 

Best to you.

 

 

 

November 12, 2015
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Hi David, Rafy here from Manila. That's so true at no. 2 That there are people who made the relationship stronger and build friendship as we cover stories, like the "Operation Valentines", made a huge impact to our local communities. From Tree planting to the clean-up, feeding programs, and a whole lot more. When we did the "footloose" dance on our 5th anniversary last 2011, the spirit of journalism flows through each one of us. My 11yo son get to do the "The Power of Doing Good", because of his exposure to CNN iReporters events and activities here in Manila headed by Sir Sherbien Dacalanio and Sir Vince Avena. I am So Proud to be here and be a part of The Team. We are on out 6th year altogether making an impact! See you soon David!

 

Be safe always!

November 12, 2015
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Will those be the only way to add or can you still add the old way? I do not Twitter or Instagram so...

November 12, 2015
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You will still be able to post to the site. We will have individual assignments with upload buttons. It will look and work differently than it does now, but you will still log in with your current email and passworkd.

November 12, 2015
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Sounds good, I'm looking forward to the change..I have a feeling it will be better and more exciting in the long run, although I may have to ask Marie for help..

I could do without the comments, a simple synopsis is fine for me..lol..

November 13, 2015
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I welcome the #CNNiReport idea. I have learning, relating and communicating difficulties from an autism spectrum disorder and am a complete clutz with modern information communication technology, but have a very active facebook presence with a friends and family page and three business pages through which I access and communicate with about 100 million people a year, in autism activism, advocacy, coaching and counselling work. I've had two attempts at using CNNiReport but cant get a third to upload and can't understand why the upload form keeps asking me to upload a valid file as I'm not doing anything different from the first two attempts, both of which were successful and even attracted a satisfying number of views and shares. Stuff that I post on facebook also attract a satisfying number of views and shares - so they are getting my message out - and now - with the #CNNiReport hashtag I can now post them on CNNiReport too - woo hoo! David you are a genius!! 

November 13, 2015
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I'm glad you are excited @adriantesq. Thank you for the compliment. I am not a genius, but I am lucky to work with a lot of people who are. I think that this will be fun.

November 14, 2015
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QUESTION: Will you add a preview window for a story, and thumbs for photos uploaded, so that we can verify all is good, before pressing POST? (I notice you have this function on this page... great!)

I ask because right now, there is no preview function. You can only edit a story after it has been posted, including any tags you did not think of initially. Photos uploaded currently are displayed as file names only, rather than thumbnail images. On a couple of uploads, despite labeling them 01, 02, 03 etc, the photo order was scrambled after I pressed Post. The photo order cannot be edited and changed after it has been uploaded, so the image story flow is wrecked. FB for example, allows one to move photos around in preview mode, before pressing POST.

 

Like my fellow iReporters, I too welcome the changes to iReport. I have been fortunate to have a few of my stories selected as "Editor's Picks"

As I shoot all my photos with a Nikon DSLR in RAW mode, then crop, resize, sharpen and convert them to srgb JPEG files in PS for best image quality, I will mostly continue to upload directly to this site.

I realize uploading cell phone images, no matter what the quality, sometimes gives a report a feeling of immediacy, which I may do in the future with the new #CNNiReport.

I am also pleased to read you will preserve the stories already filed, so there are no broken links, as quite a few of the reports I have posted, are linked from my LI, FB, Google+ and Twitter accounts.

A REQUEST: Right now, iReport is buried under "Opinions" and a potential reader has to login to read them. I hope this will be changed, so CNN visitors and patrons alike can freely read any of our posts, as they do with the rest of CNN's website, even for those stories that do not make it to air. Readers who want to comment, would still have to log in to comment, as they have to do with Twitter and other social media. Adding the ability to rate a story, with a thumbs up or down, as is currently done on some news sites, (including CBCnews.ca) would create greater interaction with the reader.

Thank you for your time.

 

Best regards,

Frederic in Montréal

November 14, 2015
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QUESTION: Will you add a preview window for a story, and thumbs for photos uploaded, so that we can verify all is good, before pressing POST? (I notice you have this function on this page... great!)

I ask because right now, there is no preview function. You can only edit a story after it has been posted, including any tags you did not think of initially. Photos uploaded currently are displayed as file names only, rather than thumbnail images. On a couple of uploads, despite labeling them 01, 02, 03 etc my photo order was scrambled after I pressed Post. The photo order cannot be edited and changed after it has been uploaded, so the image story flow is wrecked. FB for example, allows one to move photos around in preview mode, before pressing POST.

Like my fellow iReporters, I too welcome the changes to iReport. I have been fortunate to have a few of my stories selected as "Editor's Picks"

As I shoot all my photos with a Nikon DSLR in RAW mode, then crop, resize, sharpen and convert them to srgb JPEG files in PS for best image quality, I will mostly continue to upload directly to this site.

I realize uploading cell phone images, no matter what the quality, sometimes gives a report a feeling of immediacy, which I may do in the future with the new #CNNiReport.

I am also pleased to read you will preserve the stories already filed, so there are no broken links, as quite a few of the reports I have posted, are linked from my LI, FB, Google+ and Twitter accounts.

A REQUEST: Right now, iReport is buried under "Opinions" and a potential reader has to login to read them. I hope this will be changed, so CNN visitors and patrons alike can freely read any of our posts, as they do with the rest of CNN's website, even for those stories that do not make it to air. Readers who want to comment, would still have to log in to comment, as they have to do with Twitter and other social media. Adding the ability to rate a story, with a thumbs up or down, as is currently done on some news sites, (including CBCnews.ca) would create greater interaction with the reader.

Thank you for your time.

Best regards,

Frederic in Montréal

 

November 14, 2015
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sounds like you will be using #robotJournalism

 

thanks for taking the time to explain.

November 14, 2015
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Felicitaciones David! Están realizando un excelente trabajo que, con certeza, contribuirá a mejorar la calidad de CNN iReport para toda la Comunidad!

Como siempre, muchas gracias por tu excelso aporte profesional!

 

Un abrazo desde Argentina,

Raúl Enrique Bibiano

November 15, 2015
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Looking forward to the new changes. I just uploaded my first report. Thank You CNN for creating such a great platform for common people to share their message with millions out there. Kudos to a wonderful idea and a great team.

 

Regards,

Parul

November 15, 2015
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I am new to iReports and have few questions. I apologize if this is not the correct thread to ask questions.

 

My profile says "unconfirmed". When and how does it change to a confirmed profile?

 

The report I submitted says "Not verified by CNN". What does it mean to have an unverified report?

 

Please pardon me for posting questions here and THANK YOU for listening.

 

Regards,Parul

November 15, 2015
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Hi David,

 

 

I am excited to see the new CNN iREPORT.

This might be the reason my #FlyToFreedom assignment submission was not vetted after I sent the answers to the producer.

 

 

Thanks!

Niena

 

November 16, 2015
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Hi @voyageurfred,

Those are great questions.

You will still be able to upload photos from your desktop, so you can still use your regular camera and upload that way. We are just making it easier for people to post from social and mobile, since that's where so many people access the internet.

We are saving all of the content, so your links will still work after the change.

There will be an outage while they make the transition, but after that, it your content will be visible.

 

November 16, 2015
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Hi AuthorParul,

The not verified by CNN bar simply means that CNN producers have not confirmed the details of your report. CNN gets hundreds of iReports every day and we aren't able to check out every story.

November 17, 2015
Click to view AuthorParul's profile

Hello David,

 

Thanks for the clarification. Truly appreciate your response.

 

Best Regards,

Parul

November 19, 2015
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

So has the update begun, David?

 

As of this morning, I can't go to my "Recently Viewed". The "favorite" button is gone. No way to upload.

 

Please advise.

 

Thanks,

 

Mark

November 19, 2015
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Interesting, no more sharing tools and unable to see previous iReports. I hope nothing get lost in the process.

November 19, 2015
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Hi k3vsDad,

We have begun the transition. It's going to take us an hour or two to bring up the new site.

 

November 19, 2015
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when we will post our stories again .. i cant upload any story why

November 25, 2015
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I can't upload my story. I saw my old posts but I can't get in to upload my new story.

November 25, 2015
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I can not get into my account at all. I just log in from this comment line, but It still didn't let me see my account profile or stories. I haven't been able to for over a week now. Can you suggest what I should do.

 

 

 

November 25, 2015
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nice, look's great

November 25, 2015
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Why is it that every time CNN makes changes to its site it becomes a major headache to navigate the site and find all that you use to follow, comment on, or produce a story on.  So far I have found the new changes have left much to be desired, and wonder if CNN has heard the old saying, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it!"  At present I no longer enjoy visiting the CNN site for news updates, and comments, but I'll wait until all the changes are made before deciding whether CNN stays or is removed from my "Favorites" when it comes to sites to visit.

November 26, 2015
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Hey! I am excited to see the update from CNN iReport. We change to be better. So, just keep hard working on that!

December 8, 2015
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Hi David. I have been an iReporter for several years now. But I haven't had the time to check the posts for the past weeks. When I opened it three days ago, I found out I can no longer sign in to comment on an iReport. And I can't seem to find my account.

I have written two emails to contact@ireport but haven't received any reply.

 

Also, I sent two photos to #cnniReport but haven't seen them anywhere in the site.

 

I hope this time I will have a reply. Thanks

 

Miles ( meelah 101)

December 27, 2015
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I can not get into my account at all. I just log in from this comment line, but It still didn't let me see my account profile or stories. I haven't been able to for over a week now. Can you suggest what I should do

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