- Posted September 9, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sights and sounds of the DNC
A Look Back at the DNC Through iReports Eyes
The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are now history. The parties have done their best to get the faithful excited and motivated to go back home and get out the vote on November 6. From this point on, what has already been a tumultuous campaign season will only get more intense and more testy.
Now let's look back for a few moments on this past week. Let's take a look back through the eyes of 3 iReporters who were at the convention representing CNN's iReport community.
To help us all have a perspective of the conventions from a layperson's perspective and not just professional journalists and talking heads, CNN's iReport community had a contest to send 3 lucky iReporters to Tampa, Florida for the RNC and 3 lucky iReporters to Charlotte for the DNC.
Those iReporters selected were:
Last week we looked back at the iReporters at the RNC: RNC Down, DNC Up Next.
This week we turn to the DNC.
So how did it go for the intrepid iReporters at the DNC?
Did the iReporters serve the community well?
You be the judge.
Here is what the 3 DNC iReporters provided back to the community from the convention:
omekongo: 45 reports total
Watch out for Willie Harris!
Marion Greer is fired up and ready to go!
Protesters still going!
A tale of 2 Willies!
It's because Obama's black right?
IReporter Lena J shows off her cartoons!
Gabby Giffords recites the Pledge of Allegiance!
My reaction to Obama's speech from the Convention
The DNC says "Thank you" to our troops
In the building waiting for Obama!
My interview with Michael Steele
Spontaneous party on the streets of Charlotte!
My wife meets Roland Martin
Great picture of Dr. King & Obama
Bill Clinton capped off a great day 2 of the DNC
Hispanic Caucus goes crazy for Michelle!
Michelle Hispanic Caucus speech finale
Michelle Obama Hispanic Caucus speech pt. 1
Michelle Hispanic Caucus speech pt. 2
This woman wants Clinton back in office!
My interview with LGBT Caucus member
Meeting Michael Steele
Michelle Obama shakes hands after speech
Protester thinks Obama is anti-Israel
Waiting for Michelle Obama at the Hispanic Caucus
Protests mark end of first day of DNC
Michelle Obama's speech a great end to DNC day 1
Getting ready for Michelle Obama!
Dennis Kucinich in the building!
Protesters out in full force at DNC!
Facebook question response: Michelle Obama
Protester tells me why he likes Romney
Greetings from the DNC arena!
My interview with a convention first timer
Rev. Jesse Jackson looking pensive
Gotta love Soledad O'Brien!
Gov. Bill Richardson in the house!
This man is NOT happy with Obama!
A tour of the great food at the CNN grill!
The CNN bus is cool!
Just met Robert Gibbs at the airport!
DNC here I come! Like my shirt?
New developments the DNC should focus on
Out with family before the trip
What I'm NOT looking forward to at the DNC
MelissaF: 25 reports total
(Melissa informed me she still has 2 more reports in the can yet to be uploaded)
More Photos from DNC
Obama Takes the Stage
More Great Pics from the DNC
Immigration Protests at DNC Part 5 of 5
Immigration Protests at DNC Part 4 of 5
Immigration Protests at DNC Part 3 of 5
Immigration Protests at DNC Part 2 of 5
Immigration Protests at DNC Part 1 of 5 Roland Martin
Me and my Sis after Obama's Speech
Reverend Jessie Jackson
Veteran iReporters Meetup at DNC
Obama Takes the Stage with Clinton
Clinton Rocks the DNC
Bill Clinton at DNC
Met Terry McAuliffe at CNN Grill
Clinton gets Standing Ovation Great People at DNC
No Love for Obama at DNC
Great Food from the CNN Grill
iReporters Have Arrived to DNC
Leaving on a Jet Plane to DNC
We Got the Golden Tickets
Gettin Ready for the DNC~Photo Diary
Wharris613: 7 reports total
Taking it to the Streets
Former President Bill Clinton Takes the Stage
President Clinton Speaks Tonight
Not Everyone in Charlotte Loves Obama
Reporting from Inside the DNC
Inside the DNC
Descending to Charlotte
Those who have visited or followed the reports what was clear is that the most prolific of the 3 DNC iReporters was Omekongo. Omekongo definitely was at ease in getting his interviews and doing his reports for sure. But, prolific and quantity doesn't always mean the best in quality, not that Omekongo suffers in that department at all.
It was some of Willie's reports in video quality and production which went above and beyond what one would normally see in iReports from an amateur, lay journalist. Willie's last report, "Taking it to the Streets", had a look and feel that rivals many of the "professionals'" video interviews.
Melissa was having the time of her life which was very evident and offered up a lot to digest as well.
All 3 of the DNC reporters were clearly in their element this past week in covering members of the "choir". But that didn't mean that the reports didn't provide balance, in my opinion, with some of their uploaded reports.
Omekongo definitely captured the other side of the coin doing no less than 7 reports bringing protestors and a former RNC chairman to the forefront. He was not alone. Both Melissa and Willie reported on the protesters and opposing viewpoints from those in, at or around the DNC as well.
Melissa informed me that there were some WiFi issues at the hotel and server issues at CNN that made some of the reporting and uploads difficult to do in a more timely manner. This explains why some of the reports came a couple of days late and some still to come. She also noted similar issues had been experienced the previous week by the RNC iReporters.
But how do you believe these iReporters represented the community?
Were we treated with insightful, objective reports?
From the Cornfield, my hat is off to all 6 iReporters who were and are willing to put it out there for others to see, comment and critique.
To Alex, Matt, Elizabeth, Omekongo, Melissa and Willie thanks for providing us an inside view of the RNC and DNC.