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    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.
    Hanks....hands down.
    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:


    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 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 a distraction...

    I would never want to be featured...

    I do not consider it a news 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:

    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

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