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    Posted March 14, 2014 by
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    Reliable Sources with Marcus Harun


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     marcusharun says he's only 22, but he's ready to be a staff reporter at CNN. He also might be the first person to apply for a job through CNN iReport. Best of luck to him!
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    "Lifelong CNN fan and regular iReport contributor Marcus Harun has waited years to officially join the news team at CNN. Now, he asks CNN and Brian Stelter for a chance"

    Thank you for taking the time to watch this video. I am applying for the "Staff Reporter CNNMoney.com Media" position.

    My contact info: marcusharun.com / marcus@harun.me / 203-823-8172

    I am passionate about news, media and CNN. Anyone who has ever met me is aware of my dream to work at CNN. I am writing because I am interested in the “Staff Reporter CNNMoney.com Media” position.

    I am interested in online video in combination with social media and written reporting, so I have produced this special video to go along with my application.

    I started contributing to CNN iReport when I was in high school in 2007. Since then, I have been honored to appear on AC360°, The Situation Room, CNN Newsroom, and other CNN programs.

    In the past six months, I submitted interview packages to iReport featuring a Nobel Prize winner, former ABC news anchor Charles Gibson, and an exoneree who was wrongly jailed for murder for 18 years. My exoneree package was featured on the front page of CNN.com and CNN producers wrote an article about me following my Gibson interview.

    Over the past three years, I have gained experience and connections in five different newsrooms, including NBC Nightly News. I wrote an article for NBCNews.com about the Colorado movie theater shooting, which led the site as a top story and gained over 200,000 views in two days. Now, I am writing articles and producing videos for the websites of NBC’s 10 Owned TV Stations, including NBC New York, on topics ranging from a behind-the-scenes look at NBC’s Fourth of July Fireworks Broadcast to Olympian feature stories during the Sochi Games.

    I am very happy CNN is investing in covering the media. Reliable Sources has done a great job covering the media on television, and increased coverage online will be beneficial, especially in the changing digital media industry. I am very excited about media innovation—I love observing the trends and seeing what is next for television and the web. I am very interested in seeing how the news industry develops on Instagram—it is my favorite social network, it has my largest social media following, and I have experimented with Instagram video news updates. I hope to bring that idea to CNNmoney, also.

    I am a curious, hard-working innovator and I strive to work efficiently using technology. Please take a look at my website, marcusharun.com, to see examples of my work. I am so excited at the possibility of finally joining your team and I am anxious to bring my innovative ideas to CNN.
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