CNN Digital senior producer Wayne Drash writes an uplifting book called "On These Courts," about former NBA all-star player Penny Hardaway. The story captures Hardaway’s experience when he returns to his Memphis roots after retirement to help a friend with cancer coach disadvantaged youth. With the help of Hardaway’s teachings, the team of at-risk teens goes on to become State Champions in Tennessee. Drash originally reported on this story for CNN.com last year, and the tale has since evolved into a published work.
The book hits shelves today, with an excerpt on CNN.com. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to Penny Hardaway's FastBreak Courts, part of Hardaway’s ongoing efforts to help youth in the Memphis community.
CNN Digital claimed four EPPY Awards yesterday from Editor & Publisher, which has been giving out EPPYs for 17 years. The EPPYs are international awards given to the best media-affiliated websites across 30 diverse categories.
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Over the weekend, CNN Digital won Best Feature at the annual Online Journalism Awards for “Slavery’s Last Stronghold”, a project that investigated modern-day slavery in Mauritania. Spending nearly a year to gain entry into the country and conducting many of their interviews at night and in covert locations, CNN writer John Sutter and digital content producer Edythe McNamee went to great lengths to uncover the tragedy of multigenerational servitude in Mauritania. The project appeared in the form of the network’s first-ever digital magazine, which fuses video, text, photography and interactive components.
The Online Journalism Awards celebrate innovation and cross-platform storytelling and honor excellence in digital journalism around the world.
CNN Digital has commissioned more than 20 artists to interpret the theme of “Power” as it relates to politics and this election season. Their pieces were submitted through a variety of mediums, including drawings, sculpture, cartoons, photos, video and more. The digital art gallery is divided into categories that explore various aspects of power – the origins of power, power struggles and the power of authority.
The idea behind “Power” is for users to explore the gallery, take time to interpret and analyze works of art, and hopefully elevate the conversation around politics and elections beyond the news of the day. This is the second digital art gallery that CNN Digital has commissioned. The first, “Ripple”, was produced for the 10th anniversary of September 11.
CNN Digital has rolled out a 5-part series called Gaming Reality. The series focuses on how virtual gaming infiltrates, impacts and changes our lives in the real world.
Each story in the series profiles an aspect of how gaming impacts our day-to-day lives, presented in a game-like design using video, photo and text. In the first story, CNN’s John Sutter and Brandon Ancil visited South Korea, the world’s most wired society, to gain an on-the-ground, first-hand understanding what makes a South Korean gaming champion and the sources of gaming addiction.
Whether you were “Born in the U.S.A.” or elsewhere, fans all over the world re-live their “Glory Days” through the music of Bruce Springsteen. On Monday, June 18, ‘Wrecking Ball’, a 22-minute Springsteen-commissioned film, makes its debut on CNN, available for users to watch in its entirety on CNN.com. Titled after his latest album, ‘Wrecking Ball’ centers on a rare press conference Springsteen held earlier this year with a group of European journalists. In the film, Springsteen talks candidly about his life, his music and latest album. ‘Wrecking Ball’ was filmed and edited by Mr. Springsteen's archivist Thom Zimny, who wove archival footage and photos, as well as music and video from the "Wrecking Ball" album into the film. In addition to the film, CNN writer and Springsteen enthusiast Todd Leopold pays tribute to the many layers of the press-shy musician, and contends that at the essence of Springsteen’s music lies a call to social justice.
Does the United States justice system do enough to rehabilitate lawbreakers? Today, CNN.com published a story about the world’s nicest prison, which allows inmates to roam freely around a fenceless perimeter, prepare their own food, work with animals, receive a stipend and even take computer classes. This Norwegian jail accepts criminals who’ve committed a wide range of crimes, from murder to embezzlement. Those in charge of the Norweigan prison in Bastoy believe these activities help build an inmates’ self-worth and equip them with the skills to effectively reenter society - thus preparing them for life after imprisonment. According to the article, only 20% of Norwegians who leave prison commit crimes again – an astounding number compared to the approximately 50% re-offender rate in the United States. Why is that? As we reflect on people in the news who could face possible jail time, such as the man in custody for the Etan Patz case, George Zimmerman and even Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man responsible for attacks that killed 77 people last year, one can’t help but wonder how difficult it would be for those people to reacclimatize after serving their sentences.