This morning, CNN Digital published a story about suicides among military family members called The Uncounted.
Recently, at the urging of military family groups, a report was given to Congress on what it would take to track suicides of military service family members. “The Uncounted” is a story that dives deeply into this issue and provides an intimate portrait of what these families have gone through. The story is told through the eyes of a sibling, a spouse, parents and a teenager. It includes photo essays and is laid against a stark white background that accentuates the emotions in the piece.
To discuss the aspects of this layered story, CNN will be hosting two online chats today. The first is at 11amET in the comments section of the story, where CNN writer Ashley Fantz will be answering questions alongside two mental health counselors. In the afternoon, there will be another chat on CNN's Facebook page at 2pmET to open up a wider discussion about this controversial topic.
Readers are also encouraged to post a tribute to a spouse, sibling or other relative of a service member through CNN iReport and share their story of love and sacrifice. To join the conversation on Twitter, use #UncountedCNN.
CNN Digital claimed three EPPY Awards today from Editor & Publisher. The EPPY™ Awards honor the best media-affiliated websites across 31 diverse categories. Now in its 18th year, this international contest has broadened its scope to keep up with the ever-changing Internet industry.
CNN won for:
Best Business/Finance Website: CNNMoney.com
Best Entertainment Blog: The Marquee Blog
Best Crowd Sourcing/Citizen Journalism site: The 3rd Annual iReport Awards
Click here for a full list of EPPY finalists.
This morning, CNN Digital premiered CNN Parents, a new digital platform focused on modern parenting. The section’s goal is to share the chaos, mess-ups and the truth - good, bad and ugly - about all stages of child rearing and relate to the working parent. CNN Parents will give moms, dads and guardians a new place to find answers to their burning questions, to revel (or commiserate) on parenting issues and encourage dialogue via newsy articles, videos, Q&A’s and galleries.
Special Feature Revisits ‘Baby Noor’ – Iraq’s Miracle Baby
Marking 10 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, CNN Digital shares a remarkable story of struggle and survival in the face of war. Labeled by the media Iraq’s miracle baby,' Noor al-Zahra Haider was discovered by American soldiers and brought to the U.S. for life-saving surgery in 2005. In the multimedia feature “Baby Noor: An Unfinished Miracle” CNN reporter Moni Basu, who first met Noor seven years ago, returns with David S. Holloway to Baghdad to explore the challenges one Iraqi family faced after accepting American aid and reunites the world with Baby Noor.
"This personal tale leaves us with big ethical questions to ponder as we reflect on the Iraq invasion,” said Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor of CNN Digital. “Congratulations to Moni, David and the team for this artful and touching piece of enterprise journalism.”
With Marissa Mayer’s mandate to employees to work in the office and Sheryl Sandberg's new book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” the questions of work/life balance and women “having it all” are causing women and men alike to examine their own stance on the issue. So…. CNN Digital created content in the forms of photos, op-eds, videos and an iReport assignment this week for users to engage in a hearty debate on CNN.com, and peel back various layers of the complex topic.