CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, is offering users the opportunity to share their favorite rock ‘n roll stories for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s announcement to let fans participate in selecting the 2013 inductees. They can also use the hashtag #RockNRollMemories to join the conversation via social media.
Check out the full story at CNN Entertainment and vote for your favorite artist. Voting ends December 5, and the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, April 18, 2013.
CNN is partnering with Atlanta’s Flux Night, an annual public art event taking place this Saturday in the Castleberry Hill Arts District. Through iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, event goers can participate in a photo scavenger hunt by uploading photos to capture the night’s fun, beauty and quirkiness.
Outlined below is a preview of the scavenger hunt items and their hashtags. Flux Night attendees can use the CNN App, the Flux Night App, or an Instagram hashtag to take pictures of:
–Something illuminated, with bonus points for long exposures and light trails: #fluxlight
–A pattern: #fluxpattern
–Flux street style, meaning an interesting outfit or accessory: #fluxstyle
–Something or someone in motion: #fluxmotion
–Your favorite thing about Flux Night: #fluxfave
Once the photos are submitted, they will be curated in real time into a display at the event. The photo scavenger hunt is part of CNN’s Our Mobile Society, a month-long editorial initiative to explore the new world where mobile technology has shifted from nicety to necessity.
CNN revealed the winners of the 'Your Political Ticket' iReport contest, who will join the network at this year's political conventions.
The iReporters will receive an all-expense paid trip alongside a guest to attend the one of the conventions. Three will attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27-30, followed by the other three at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6.
The winners will cover the conventions from a variety of angles, from first-person video commentary and on-air reporting, to photography coverage and interviews with convention attendees and local residents.
The winners are:
TAMPA – RNC
Anderson is a student at Hillsdale College, where he majors in History. He is also an intern for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.
New York, New York
Sky is a web consultant freelancer, puppeteer, and long-time contributor to iReport who tackles newsy issues with a funny twist. Sky, who considers himself an Independent, but leans liberal, says he's interested to see whether Republican voters can unite behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Lauten is a 29-year-old media consultant who has volunteered for every Republican presidential campaign since 2000. She has experience with print, broadcast, and online journalism, and says she bleeds "blood, sweat and politics."
CHARLOTTE – DNC
Dibinga is a motivational speaker and diversity consultant. A member of the iReport community since 2009, Omekongo often tackles hot political topics with engaging video commentaries.
Yorba Linda, California
Fazli is a volunteer with "Organizing for America," Obama's grassroots campaign, and joined iReport in 2009. The mother of three is an aspiring documentarian and recent graduate from California State University of Fullerton.
Ewing, New Jersey
Harris is a 23-year-old student at Mercer County Community College and mentor with inner-city youth in Trenton. The Obama supporter described going to Charlotte during the DNC as "a dream."
Check out CNNiReport.com to follow the latest iReports from the conventions.
Gas up the car and pack your bags, because CNN Radio invites you to follow their summer-long cross-country road trip. Reporters Lisa Desjardins and John Sepulvado are looking at the 2012 election through the ears and voices of everyday Americans via an audio series called Embed America. From Miami to Los Angeles, and Maine to Montana, Embed America focuses on key election issues deemed important by iReport, the network’s global participatory news community. Issues range from national importance to local concerns, so it’s a pretty expansive representation of US voters (or non-voters, as their choice may be). Users can follow the Embed America routes via an interactive map, clicking on stories produced thus far, including candidate apathy up north and Miami’s explosive Second Amendment debate. Additional details for the series are on CNN Radio’s online news destination Soundwaves and the CNN Press Room.
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.”
If you’ve been on the internet this week, you’ve probably seen “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ‘MERICA” headlines strewn all over your feeds, spotted Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the USA” in his American flag jacket and watched YouTube videos of fireworks shows. (Or, maybe that’s just me?)
But, if you haven’t been on the internet this week, welcome. And, let me show you a patriotic series that CNN Digital has drummed up on American Exceptionalism – a concept that the USA is exceptional when compared to other countries (though we also have articles that explain in what aspects other countries are ahead of us…gotta keep the balance!).
HISTORY: So let’s start at the beginning. Dan Gilgoff, the editor of CNN’s Belief Blog, gives readers a quick survey course of American Exceptionalism through history, starting with the Puritans in New England and concluding with a speech excerpt from President Obama. Gilgoff contends that American Exceptionalism has always been the attitude of our nation and continues to shape the country. CNN also talked to several American historians about their favorite historically-rich sites across the nation. Their answers ranged from Jamestown to Homestead National Monument.
PEOPLE: A story that was birthed as an iReport assignment sprouted into an article that asked naturalized citizens why they chose to become Americans. It’s exciting to learn about the naturalization process through the eyes of immigrants, and to see what people from other countries value about the United States – whether it’s a job, freedom or the culture. On June 29, people from 54 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens. CNN talked to some of these people, and asked them why they think America is exceptional in a photo gallery CNN calls “The faces of citizenship”.
FUN STUFF: Oh, and did I mention we have a Red Chair interview with Lee Greenwood? “God Bless the USA”!
So, here’s to you, United States of America. Hope everyone enjoys this holiday week!
Anna & Rachel Otto, 15 yr old twins from Fairfax, VA received iReport Awards at an awards ceremony in Atlanta, GA on Saturday. The teen girls spoke with CNN's Randi Kaye about their thoughts on winning the awards and their plans for the future.
CNN iReport revealed the recipients of the second annual iReport Awards last night during an awards presentation.
iReport, the network's global participatory news community, with more than one million contributors, held weekend-long festivities at the network's world headquarters during the first-ever iReport Awards Weekend in Atlanta, GA June 22-24.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Michael Holmes, anchor and correspondent for CNN International.
The award recipients are as follows:
Roseann Dennery – Return to South Sudan
Anna & Rachel Otto – Occupy Wall Street, Day 23
Melissa Fazli – Ode to Borders
Kurt Weston – From Blind Vision to Vision Beyond Sight
Jason Seher – Wisconsin Protests
Chris Morrow – Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee
iReport Spirit Honorees:
Nominees to Appear on CNN Newsroom and Participate in First-Ever Awards Weekend
CNN announced today its second annual awards program to celebrate the most compelling stories of 2011 from CNN iReport’s participatory journalism community. Recipients of an iReport Award, selected from more than one million members worldwide, will be announced during the first-ever iReport Awards Weekend June 22 – 24, 2012. Hosted at CNN’s World Headquarters in Atlanta, GA, attendees of the weekend-long event will be treated to exclusive workshops, panel sessions and an awards presentation.
"Every single day, iReporters and their stories play an important role in CNN’s journalism and storytelling. The iReport Awards is our way of saluting the best of that work, and recognizing the incredible contributions of community-created journalism on our network and news media at large," said Lila King, participation director for CNN Digital. "We look forward to a weekend of events that celebrate and cement CNN's commitment to iReport and to the future of co-created news."
iReport Awards will presented in six categories: Breaking News, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery, Commentary, Personal Story, and Interview. From nearly 15,000 iReports approved for use on CNN last year, a total of six nominees in each category have already been selected by a team of CNN experts. A diverse panel of judges comprised of innovators and trailblazers in participatory storytelling and journalism will choose the recipients.
This year’s roster of judges includes Andrea Allen, director of production & community at Vimeo; Brooke Baldwin, anchor of CNN Newsroom; Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify; Solana Larsen, managing editor, Global Voices; Vadim Lavrusik, journalist program manager, Facebook; Issa Rae, producer, director and writer, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl; Nic Robertson, award-winning journalist and senior correspondent for CNN International.
Of the 36 total nominees, online users also can show their support for the package they think best embodies CNN iReport in 2011 by voting for the Community Choice award recipient at
. Voting is open until Monday June 11, 12p.m. ET. Beginning the week of May 14th through the week of June 4th, nominees will be featured during Newsroom with Kyra Phillips (weekdays from 11-12 p.m. ET) and CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin (weekdays from 2-4 p.m ET). In addition, the Community Choice Award recipient will be featured on air June 25th.
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