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.
What do you get when you combine three dozen journalists, 8.7 miles of runway, 2,500 takeoffs and landings and 24 consecutive hours in Atlanta’s international airport? A CNN longform project called ATL24.
On August 28, CNN set out on a journey with the airport as their destination. From 12:01 a.m. to midnight, CNN staff witnessed moments of hope, love and loss as well as the layered interactions between man and machine. The resulting multi-media experience draws on the highlights of airports: a diverse slice of society, technology both miraculous and maddening and curiosities hidden in the mundane.
With 58,000 workers strong, Atlanta’s airport is somewhat of a city within a city. Yet the quarter of a million passengers who pass through that airport on any given day rarely see what really makes the airport hum or cross paths with the people who complete the circuit between traveler and flight. Until now. Segments of ATL24 will also appear on CNN TV and on the Airport Network leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.
What does extreme income inequality do to the fabric of society - and how can it be reversed? ‘Change The List’ series creator, CNN Opinion writer John Sutter, travels to the most unequal place in America: East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, to explore the answers to this question. In a vote this year, America's rich-poor gap was the most important issue for CNN to cover chosen by Change the List readers.
The United States – which prides itself on a vibrant middle class – increasingly is becoming a two-tier society, one where some people get extraordinarily rich and others struggle in poverty or near-poverty. East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, is the county with the highest level of income inequality in America – a larger rich-poor gap than Manhattan. The top 5% makes more than $600,000 per year, and the bottom fifth earns only $6,800, and about 40% are living in poverty. The documentary (story by John Sutter with video by Edythe McNamee) profiles East Carroll Parish and its largest town, Lake Providence, where a lake literally and figuratively divides the rich from the poor. The video focuses primarily on mother and prison guard, Delores Gilmore, who lives on the south side of Lake Providence. The documentary asks residents questions including what are the odds that a person could move from one side of the lake to the other? And what has income inequality done to dream of a better future?
CNN Digital published an interactive magazine about the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph – the nation's oldest cold case to go to trial. Taken is a five-part series rolling out on CNN.com’s homepage this week and will leave users to debate whether justice was truly served and if the whole truth was unveiled.
In an age before Amber Alerts and missing kids on milk cartons, the case seized the nation. J. Edgar Hoover got involved; President Dwight D. Eisenhower followed the case. But a rigorous investigation was followed by a half-century of silence.
This morning, CNN published Europe’s Lost Children, an exclusive multimedia enterprise story on the struggles children face while entering Europe illegally to flee persecution in Afghanistan. Via an interactive digital magazine format complete with maps, video and photos, the piece emotionally captures two narratives: one mother separated from her two children and a teenager who gives up on his dream of a new life in Europe.
CNN’s Irene Chapple gained unprecedented access into the lives of the mother and children, travelled to Germany and Greece, and spent months talking with them so the CNN audience could experience their story. At a time when Greece struggles with extreme unemployment and strikes across the country, Europe’s Lost Children explains the context of the social pressures of immigration and prejudice in European cities.
The story will air on Connect the World on CNN International today and Friday at 10:00pmCET. To follow and join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #lostchildren and go to www.cnn.com/lostchildren.
CNN Digital nabbed four Society for Features Journalism Awards – including two first-place wins – which honor the craft of feature writing and the people who do it for a living at news organizations and wire services. The awards won are listed below:
1st place in Integrated Storytelling: The Undecided
1st place in Video Storytelling: Journeying home to tell my truth
2nd place in Series/Project: Race, Identity and Politics Series
3rd place in General Feature: Saving Aesha
Winners will be honored at SFJ’s national conference at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. On October 9-12.
Full list of winners here.
***PROGRAMMING NOTE: Aesha Update, Around the World, Friday, May 10, 12pmET
On CNN TV:
CNN/US: Around the World, Friday 12pm
CNN International: Amanpour, Friday 3pm
CNN en Español: Friday afternoon
CNN.com, Friday 12pm
Today, CNN will unveil an exclusive report on Aesha, the woman whose story of abuse and disfigurement became an international symbol of oppression and crimes against women in war-torn Afghanistan, during Around the World, which airs at 12pm ET. Reported by Christiane Amanpour and CNN Digital, the story will update viewers on Aesha’s journey and illuminate the psychological and physical scars that remain. Users can find more details on CNN.com and CNN.com/aesha. FULL POST
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.
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.”
CNN.com’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.
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