- Posted December 30, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The 2013 iReport Team Member of the Year -
And the winner of the 2013 iReport Team Member of the Year honor is...
Now come on. You really didn't think I was going to reveal to whom the honor will be bestowed right up front did you?
For the past three weeks, I have been conducting a vote of CNN's iReport community of who should receive the designation of 2013 iReport Team Member of the Year. The actual voting was conducted via Cornfield Polling. However, votes were also culled from the comment section of both Cornfield Polling and comments left on my various iReports about this first ever "award" From the Cornfield.
The comments had an impact on the final vote count since not everyone who is currently on the Team or on the Team at the beginning of the year were included in the official iReport Team Blog: Meet the iReport Team. Before I reveal the winner (or is that winners?), here are some of the comments which helped shape the final outcome.
Henry Hanks,Daphne Sashin, and Christina Zdanowicz are all on par with each other in my opinion. I haven't worked much with any of the others.
My hat is off to the entire iReport Team. However, based on personal interaction and experience, I will cast my vote for Henry. But I really find the whole Team on equal footing and equally responsive to me.
I think David Williams and Lila King deserve some sort of honors for 2013. They were there in the beginning of iReport when it was in "beta" form.
I would choose several if I could. Katie gets my final decision.
I clicked on David Williams as a collective vote.
How about just declaring them all favorites? You know, like little league participation trophies.
Raja doesn't work at CNN anymore, but he was awesome to work with.
I joined ireport in Feb. 2012 and only had two vetted but when I was having serious technical problems and wanted to stay with ireport because I enjoy it for a lot of reasons, Kyle Rogers went out of his way for two days to help me get it straightened out. So I cant really comment on the others because no personal contact, really, but from a technical point Kyle more than did his job and I even learned a thing or two about computers, etc.
I vote for all of them. It is a team effort.
David has always helped me when I had a problem with iReports.
David Williams and Lila King!
First of all I like each and everyone, BUT David Williams has been there for beginning for me and has helped me out many times. Always kind and generous with his time.
Another vote for all of them. There is no 'I' in team.
Another vote for the team.
David: Alway professional and always helpful.
Daphne: I believe does a great job and really knows how to make the words to the story really work. Keep up the good work.
A rather strange comment came from someone who actually went and voted:
SUCH A STUPID WASTE OF TIME!!! GET A LIFE
Sounds like someone needs to take a look in the mirror.
Then going through the four iReports on voting for Team Member of the Year, we have these comments:
I've never heard of any of the team members from #10-#18. So I can only vote from #1-#9. I vote for all of them.
I don't know what each one does so its more popularity contest then anything else. So my vote goes for ...The Entire iReport Team.
There's always room for improvement. And I take my hat off to David Williams and Lila King who were here for us since the beginning. I casted my vote on Mark's survey page for them to receive an award for 2013.
Let's look forward to a better year with iReport, make changes where needed.
I don't really have a basis for casting a meaningful vote. I don't interact with any. I do see some comments from others from time to time.
I also see and read assignments (thus who made them). I also read comments made in a report when vetted. I also notice what seems to be patterns on vetted reports.
Honestly, none of that has put me in a position to conclude who is best. I do have some observations on some that I think could do better.....from my perspective.
I'm sure they are delightful people and group on a personal level. I also appreciate very much this forum that they provide. I think they have generally done a very good job for a discussion forum.....in what can be a very challenging environment to foster and deal with.
Thanks a long winded way to say.......thanks!
I would categorize it as a "thanks" to all vs a vote that the entire team wins the award. I am sure that one or several deserve the recognition.......I just don't know who that is.....and am not inclined to let my lack of a view dilute their votes by defaulting to "all". Hope you can appreciate that distinction.
I guess I am voting: Present. ;)
At second glance I did see David Williams. He has helped me in the past so he gets my vote. Pretty fair guy.
I think it's a team effort. All for one and one for all.
The voting was very close. Even when factoring in the comments, the person(s) who came out on top did so by a hair with one vote to the good.
Now (drum roll, please), the 2013 iReport Team Member of the Year is:
(The actual vote totals are listed at the end of this report.)
There were also some choice words and advice for the entire iReport Team provided:
Special note on the iReport Community:
Re: iReport do I think it has improved in the last year, NO! I don't think it made any real movement backward or forward.
Re: Assignments, I definitely think more time should be devoted to the assignments portion of iReport.
Re: iTeam, awhile ago there was a scandal on iReport, some iReporters got quite involved, one I recall was banned from iReport. I didn't get involved, I've always marched to my own drum here, stuck to myself. But my point is this, since the scandal, there were many iReporters that felt they were shunned,ignored, their reports over looked.I hope this wasn't true, and I hope that more attention is paid to the many reports that come through. I think there's been a few reports posted that could of, should of, been vetted. Also on the home page, I think that iReporters of the week could be rotated in a different way. Maybe their latest posting could be added.
iReporters could be looked at more closely, respected for their postings, styles, diversification skills, photography skills, citizen journalist talents.
Another point of view of the Community:
I've been miffed at CNN since we were relegated to our back room closet. Only way to find your way into here is by knowing the way. Kinda like a leper colony. They be ashamed of us. Or, as I hear tell, their advertisers are. Seems we bicker and argue too much.
And yet another perspective of the Community:
For me ireports...is a distraction...
I would never want to be featured...
I do not consider it a news site...by any stretch of the imagination...
I do consider it to be a good place to get a glimpse at what people in other parts of the nation think about some of our most pressing topics...
Those with different experiences, walks of life,and ideology......I have learned some things...but more about human nature than politics or news...
I have learned some history...
I miss many that have come and gone...
From the Cornfield, David congratulations on being named 2013 iReport Team Member of the Year!
With this honor and $2, you will be able to get a cup of plain coffee at a Mom & Pop coffee shop.
The Cornfield Polling results can be viewed at: http://fromthecornfield.com/2013iReportTeamMember.pdf.
Here are actual, adjusted vote totals:
David - 10 (1 vote discounted via comment when voting)
Whole Team - 9 (6 in voting via comment section and another 3 votes from comments on iReports)
Henry - 8 (includes 2 votes From the Cornfield comments)
Katie - 6 (includes 1 vote From the Cornfield comments)
Lila King - 5 (from comment section at Cornfield Polling and comments on iReports and From the Cornfield comments)
Daphne - 3 (includes 1 vote From the Cornfield comments)
Zach - 2
Christina - 2 (includes 1 vote From the Cornfield comments)
Jareen - 2 (includes 1 vote From the Cornfield comments)
Nicole - 2 (includes 1 vote From the Cornfield comments)
Kyle - 1
Raja - 1