As 2012 comes to a close, the CNN Photos team has been culling through the year’s best images to produce “Year in Review” photo galleries. Recently, CNN.com posted two that capture the year’s most compelling photos. The first is 75 Amazing Sports Photos You Missed This Year, which includes bats breaking mid-swing on the baseball field, a man poking another man’s eyes during an Australian Football game and highlights from the Paralympics. The second gallery, 2012: The Year in Pictures, reviews the year’s news cycle through pictures from around the world. The photos cover a wide range of news topics, such as award shows, riots in Spain and a man in New Delhi setting himself on fire to protest the visit of the Chinese President.
Another popular gallery on CNN.com comes from the user-generated arm of our network, iReport. The iReport assignment asks users to send in cool weather photos from the year, some of which are a double rainbow, sunsets and bolts of lightning. The assignment is open to anyone with a captivating photo, and they are continuing to take submissions.
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!