Meet CNN's New Head of Social News
June 25th, 2014
11:06 AM ET

Meet CNN's New Head of Social News

Joining CNN from across the pond is the lovely and talented Samantha Barry – new senior director of social news.  She comes to our fair network from BBC World News where she's been working with both their TV and digital teams to make the most of their news coverage across social platforms.  Hailing from Ireland and currently living in London, "Sam" has worked in over 25 countries - from Iraq to Nigeria - as a media trainer for the U.S. State Department.  At CNN, she'll harness our massive social footprint and really turn up the heat on engagement.  In addition, Sam will be charged with reimagining and amplifying the power of CNN iReport.  She'll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and Managing Editor, CNN Digital.

Rather than posting another boring press release, CNN PR decided to mix things up with ten questions to help get to know Samantha Barry.  Read on and join us in welcoming her to CNN: @samanthabarry.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media
March 12th, 2014
09:46 AM ET

CNN Digital publishes "The Uncounted" – a story on suicides in military families

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.

Topics: Afghanistan • CNN Digital • Digital • Enterprise • Iraq • iReport
January 15th, 2014
03:36 PM ET

2013: CNN Digital Posts Best Year Ever; Dominates Mobile

cnn-digital-badge-REDSets Records in Page Views & Video Starts, Tops Yahoo!-ABC News by 40% in Mobile

Serving up, across all platforms, an average of 2.4 billion total global page views per month and more than 150 million monthly video starts, CNN Digital posted in 2013 its best year in history.* While sites like Yahoo!-ABC News struggled, ultimately losing both page views and unique visitors year over year (YOY), CNN Network showed gains in both categories and maintained a 40% lead over its closest competitor in mobile.  In addition, broke traffic records across the site, with eight out of 10 sections – US, World, Entertainment, Travel, Tech, Living, Health and Opinion, posting all-time monthly page view highs.** FULL POST

CNN Digital Wins Three EPPY Awards
October 30th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

CNN Digital Wins Three EPPY Awards

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:

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.

Topics: Awards • CNN Digital • CNNMoney • Entertainment • iReport
CNN iReport’s “Everyday Racism” project shows complexities of racism today
August 26th, 2013
12:05 PM ET

CNN iReport’s “Everyday Racism” project shows complexities of racism today

To mark the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, CNN iReport invited readers to share their personal experiences of "Everyday Racism," the ways prejudice still creeps into American life. The interactive, which launched today, features five powerful vignettes about encountering racism.

The vignettes cover a range of perspectives, among them the societal reactions towards interracial couples, encountering racism at a young age, and embracing one’s identity by getting in touch with a long-lost heritage. Each story is accompanied by an illustration from Seb Jarnot and the interactive also includes a collection of quotes from other readers’ experiences with racial injustice.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media
CNN Digital launches platform for modern-day parents
July 1st, 2013
11:16 AM ET

CNN Digital launches platform for modern-day parents

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.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Living • Digital • iReport • Mobile
May 14th, 2013
12:54 PM ET

The Votes Are in! CNN iReport announces award recipients

CNN iReport reveals the honorees for the 3rd Annual CNN iReport Awards which recognize outstanding contributions to the network’s global participatory news community.  Representing a mix of punditry, videos and emotional personal essays, recipients have been chosen from more than 100,000 iReports submitted in 2012. The honorees were determined by a combination of an esteemed panel of judges, online voters and the CNN iReport staff.

Also, for the first time ever, the iReport team unveils honorees in a new category called Excellence on the Web, highlighting examples of the best in citizen journalism outside of iReport in 2012.

…and the honorees are:


Topics: CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media • Video
Voting Opens for the Third Annual CNN iReport Awards
April 3rd, 2013
10:11 AM ET

Voting Opens for the Third Annual CNN iReport Awards

36 Nominees, Six Categories and Seven Judges Announced Today 

CNN kicks off today its third annual iReport Awards, honoring outstanding contributions to the network’s global participatory news community throughout 2012.  Representing a medley of smart punditry, newsy videos and poignant personal essays, 36 nominees have been selected from more than 100,000 iReports.  Recipients will be chosen through a combination of online voting and a panel of esteemed judges.  Voters can make their selections starting today through May 6, 2013 at

In addition to Breaking News, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery, Personal Story, Commentary and In-depth Storytelling, the iReport Awards will highlight a seventh accolade this year – Excellence on the Web.  The new section will recognize notable examples of citizen journalism and participatory storytelling from social platforms outside of CNN iReport.  Audiences can also show their support for the iReport that they think best enhanced CNN’s storytelling in 2012 by voting for the Community Choice Award. Recipients for all categories will be announced May 14. FULL POST

Topics: Arwa Damon • Brooke Baldwin • CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media
March 19th, 2013
02:40 PM ET

CNN Digital Explores the Iraq War Ten Years Post Invasion

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.”


Topics: Arwa Damon • CNN Digital • CNN en Espanol • CNNI Press Releases • Digital • Enterprise • Fareed Zakaria • HLN • Iraq • iReport • Mobile
March 14th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

CNN Digital asks: Can women have it all?

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, and peel back various layers of the complex topic.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Living • CNN Opinion • CNN Photos • Digital • iReport • Video
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