The CNN 10: Hollywood’s Fresh Faces
February 6th, 2014
01:40 PM ET

The CNN 10: Hollywood’s Fresh Faces

With the success of the CNN 10 Tech Lists last year, 2014 marks the expansion of the “CNN 10” into a monthly series that runs the gamut of fun and feature-y topics, including entertainment, health, tech, travel and beyond. This year’s first CNN 10 feature kicks off with the interactive Fresh Faces of Hollywood.

Next month, the Academy Awards will honor Hollywood’s heavyweights, so CNN’s Entertainment team chose 10 rising stars from the worlds of TV, movies and music, as well as their connections to literature, fashion, youth culture and counterculture to round out our list.

They also considered the many highly-anticipated debut and breakout projects that are likely to put the ‘pop’ in our culture over the next 12 months – and the feisty, fearless characters behind them. And whether you recognize these faces from earlier work or this is your first introduction, our team predicts the world will be seeing more of them this year.

On Twitter, @CNNShowbiz will be tweeting quotes from the list and the list makers using the hashtag #CNNFreshFaces.

Topics: Awards • Blog Network • CNN • CNN Digital • Digital • Entertainment • Social Media
May 9th, 2013
12:32 PM ET

Daniel Burke joins CNN Digital

Daniel Burke joined CNN Digital on Monday as co-editor of the Belief Blog. Burke comes to CNN from Religion News Service, where for the past seven years he covered everything from Amish funerals to the Zen of Steve Jobs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today and The New York Times, and he has been recognized by the American Academy of Religion and the Religion Newswriters Association. He is based out of DC and reports to Meredith Artley, Managing Editor of CNN Digital.

Topics: Blog Network • CNN Belief • Digital
2012: A Year in Photos
December 6th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

2012: A Year in Photos

As 2012 comes to a close, the CNN Photos team has been culling through the year’s best images to produce “Year in Review” photo galleries. Recently, posted two that capture the year’s most compelling photos. The first is 75 Amazing Sports Photos You Missed This Year, which includes bats breaking mid-swing on the baseball field, a man poking another man’s eyes during an Australian Football game and highlights from the Paralympics. The second gallery, 2012: The Year in Pictures, reviews the year’s news cycle through pictures from around the world. The photos cover a wide range of news topics, such as award shows, riots in Spain and a man in New Delhi setting himself on fire to protest the visit of the Chinese President.

Another popular gallery on comes from the user-generated arm of our network, iReport. The iReport assignment asks users to send in cool weather photos from the year, some of which are a double rainbow, sunsets and bolts of lightning. The assignment is open to anyone with a captivating photo, and they are continuing to take submissions.

Topics: Blog Network • Breaking News • CNN Digital • CNN Photos • iReport
November 6th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

The best and brightest from CNN Digital on Election Day’s newly unveiled Home Page is designed to provide a dynamic and interactive dashboard to show off stories and videos from CNN’s editorial staff that appeal to the intellectually curious, complex, open and opinionated user.

CNN’s video team put a unique touch on campaign-related videos. Take a walk down memory lane with this video gem, which chronicles the results of every CNN election night since 1980. It shows how the look and feel of the CNN studios has changed over the years. Another popular video is the 2-minute recap of the 2012 campaign, which shows the highs and lows of this year’s horserace… from Obama’s “You didn’t build that” to Clint Eastwood talking to a chair.


Topics: Blog Network • CNN Digital • CNN Opinion • CNN Politics • Enterprise • Social Media • Video
CNN Unveils CNN Trends Fueled by Zite
October 18th, 2012
12:03 PM ET

CNN Unveils CNN Trends Fueled by Zite

CNN announced today the launch of CNN Trends, a news discovery dashboard that enables users to track and explore the Web’s most buzzed about stories. Fueled by Zite technology and sponsored by Lexus, CNN Trends identifies the most conversation-provoking news topics to pair with a CNN story and content from up to ten additional sources.

“A healthy media diet consists of news, analysis and perspectives from more than one source,” said KC Estenson, SVP CNN Digital. “CNN Trends embraces that concept and expands on it by allowing the social Web to determine which stories are featured. It’s the perfect place to discover new content and advance the narrative of a trending headline. ”


Topics: Blog Network • CNN Digital • CNN Tech • Social Media • Zite
October 16th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

CNN Digital tops competitors in September ratings

In September 2012, the CNN Digital Network beat out nearly every news competitor in both unique visitors and total page views, ranking second to only Yahoo-ABC News. With 60 million uniques for the month, CNN earned more visitors than Huffington Post Media Group, NBC News Digital, CBS News and the combined sum of and the New York Times.


Topics: Blog Network • CNN Digital • CNN Politics • Ratings
CNN & TIME Launch "Convention Floor Pass" App for the 2012 Political Conventions
August 23rd, 2012
08:57 AM ET

CNN & TIME Launch "Convention Floor Pass" App for the 2012 Political Conventions

Time Warner Inc. today announced the launch of the CNN-TIME Convention Floor Pass app, the ultimate mobile tool for the 2012 political conventions. The app will feature 24/7 breaking news updates and alerts, daily analysis and commentary, exclusive early access to CNN-TIME polls, photos and video from CNN and TIME journalists on the ground at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. CNN-TIME Convention Floor Pass will be a must download for convention attendees in Charlotte and Tampa and will provide non-attendees a virtual ticket to the convention hall floors.


CNN Digital launches audio beat through Soundwaves
July 9th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

CNN Digital launches audio beat through Soundwaves

Building upon its foundation of innovative storytelling, CNN Digital is launching Soundwaves, the network’s online destination for news content formatted in an original listening experience. Produced by CNN Radio, this new audio beat will enhance the way users consume news by offering content in four forms: audio, text, photo and video. Users can share and embed audio clips from Soundwaves across their social networks, allowing more exposure to and conversation about audio news stories.

“Soundwaves is a new frontier for CNN Radio,” said Tyler Moody, vice president of CNN Radio. “Some stories are enhanced by an audio format, and we want to deliver a product that gives people that option. Also, being able to socialize Soundwaves gives us the opportunity to engage in two-way communication with our audience – not just broadcast to fans.”


The future’s so “bright” – I carry an optimistic flashlight
June 14th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

The future’s so “bright” – I carry an optimistic flashlight

It’s summertime, which means this is the time of year when graduating seniors look at each other and mouth the words: “What now?” To make matters worse, this year’s graduates are tossing off their caps and staring down a uniquely unstable job market. Despite economists’ predictions, long-term unemployment (meaning, being without a job for more than six months) still reaches record-high levels, swelling from 5.1 million to 5.4 million and comprising nearly half of all unemployed Americans.

With hope just a flicker of light in the distance, America’s jobless face a second set of challenges. According to a report by CNN, people out of work for more than a year have only a 10 percent chance of landing a job. On a higher note, the report also points out that most people remain optimistic that they will find employment within the next year.

But the impacts of unemployment stretch beyond one’s personal finances. CNN Health writer Elizabeth Landau reports that an extended period of joblessness can take a toll on self-worth and mental health. However, the article highlights tips and tactics to stay on track, such as exercising and creating a daily routine setting aside time for submitting resumes, searching for jobs and even eating meals.

Unemployment also impacts the family dynamic. CNN Photos has a gallery capturing the life of a family whose father has been facing unemployment for more than a year.

Words of wisdom to young women from Hillary Clinton may make us feel inspired, but as the high school teacher from Wellesley stated when he addressed the school’s graduating class: “You are not special”. CNN Opinion writer LZ Granderson agreed, but softened the blow by saying, “Everyone is special to someone. But no one is special to all.”

June 4th, 2012
09:05 AM ET

Spellbound: When Words Attack

If you’re like most Americans, it’s possible that the subject of spelling hasn’t crossed your mind since grade school.  Sad, perhaps, that the same society who once stirred Alphabet Soup and spent their evenings playing Scrabble has been replaced with a culture of grammar zombies, totally dependent on gizmos like ‘autocorrect’ and ‘spell check.’  But recently, the news proved, if nothing else, that spelling is still good for a few hot headlines.  Don’t believe us?  Ask Mitt Romney.

Team Romney recently learned the perils of poor spelling the hard way after misspelling America – “Amercia” in a new smart phone app.  The grammatical gaffe spread like wildfire, making the Governor’s campaign a fast butt of jokes online and through social media. CNN tech writer Doug Gross's article quips,“Somebody didn't observe the ‘I-before-C’ rule.’”

Coincidentally, as CNN’s Schools of Thought blog points out, this week also played host to the National Spelling Bee. Really, the connection writes itself, no?  And in honor of orthographic accuracy, CNN Eatocracy’s own Kat Kinsman shared with users a personal story about her own Spelling Bee experience while reflecting on the emotion and anxiety young competitors face.

And just like that, Spelling got its groove back.  So next time you defer to technology for your text-based needs, think of this story and remember: only one letter separates ‘laughter’ from ‘slaughter.’

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