CNN's online pope coverage: what you need to know
February 14th, 2013
12:44 PM ET

CNN Digital Maintains Dominant Position in New Year

Network Tops Huffington Post Media Group, NBC News Digital, CBS News and Fox News Digital for January 2013

For the month of January 2013 CNN Digital Network maintained its winning position, beating almost every news and information site in unique visitors, page views and video starts.  Ranking below only the combined Yahoo! ABC News Network, CNN placed ahead  of the Huffington Post Media Group and NBC News Digital,  and earned nearly double the traffic of other news competitors.

With 68 million unique visitors for the month, CNN Network beat:

  • HPMG News by 7% (64 million)
  • NBC News Digital by 19% (57 million)
  • CBS News by 78% (38 million)
  • USAToday Sites by 91% (36 million)
  • Fox News Digital Network by 96% (35 million)
  • New York Times Digital by 102% (34 million) FULL POST

Topics: CNN Digital • iReport • Ratings • Social Media
February 7th, 2013
02:21 PM ET

CNN Mobile Hits 30 Million Downloads

CNN’s mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire, Nook and Nokia now boast more than 30 million downloads.*  Along with this milestone, CNN has reintroduced users to James Earl Jones' iconic greeting "This is CNN" on mobile.  Users can download the latest update to the CNN Apps for iPhone and iPad to hear Jones' audio greeting whenever the app launches.  The audio greeting can be turned off within the apps' settings.

CNN iReport has also invited users to record their own "This is CNN" message with the best ones to be featured on CNN's Facebook page.


Topics: CNN Digital • iReport • Mobile • Ratings
CNN iReport integrates Facebook’s Open Graph Technology
January 14th, 2013
11:06 AM ET

CNN iReport integrates Facebook’s Open Graph Technology

CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, has improved the experience for users when they connect their iReport and Facebook accounts. iReporters can now share stories, images and comments posted on iReport to their Facebook Timeline and activity feed. This development aligns with iReport’s overall strategy to broaden the site’s visibility to users on other social networks, and in general, make CNN iReport even easier to use.

Here’s how it works:
Taking advantage of Facebook’s Open Graph technology, users can now opt-in to share stories and images uploaded to iReport on their Facebook Timeline when they post a new iReport. All shared iReport images and their accompanying stories will live in a special album automatically created for the iReporter on their personal Facebook page. In addition, when commenting on other iReports, users can opt-in to share those messages on Facebook as well.

In its next phase, iReport plans to extend these functions to the CNN mobile apps. To learn more and get started, check out iReport’s blog here.

Topics: CNN Digital • iReport • Social Media
CNN iReporters pay tribute to Newtown
December 20th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

CNN iReporters pay tribute to Newtown

In the hours and days after the Newtown shooting, CNN’s audience responded by sharing thousands of thoughts, tributes and personal stories. CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, lay out some of the community’s best Newtown tributes in an interactive Open Story, a powerful example of crowdsourcing. iReport also invited gun owners to share their viewpoints, which created a respectful forum for users with varying perspectives to come together. More information is on the CNN iReport blog.

Additional Newtown-related content online includes an interactive tribute to the Newtown victims, a testimonial from a man with Asperger's who gives advice on how to cope with the syndrome, and up-to-the-minute news on CNN’s breaking news blog, This Just In.

Topics: Breaking News • CNN Digital • iReport • Social Media • This Just In
2012: A Year in Photos
December 6th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

2012: A Year in Photos

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, 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 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.

Topics: CNN Digital • Breaking News • iReport • Blog Network • CNN Photos
Participate and Vote for 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
October 4th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Participate and Vote for 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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.

Topics: CNN Digital • Entertainment • iReport
Say cheese: CNN iReport creates photo scavenger hunt
October 4th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Say cheese: CNN iReport creates photo scavenger hunt

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.

Topics: CNN Digital • iReport • Mobile
CNN Digital Gives Users Anytime, Anywhere Access to the 2012 Political Conventions
August 22nd, 2012
03:13 PM ET

CNN Digital Gives Users Anytime, Anywhere Access to the 2012 Political Conventions

RNC and DNC Captured Via CNN’s Mobile Apps,, Live Video and Social Media

CNN Digital will offer users a front-row seat to the 2012 political conventions via CNN’s mobile apps and website, CNN iReport, social media and through breaking news, analysis, robust multimedia features and live video streaming on Whether on the ground at the CNN Grills or on the Web, CNN Digital will provide insight and understanding to audiences while enabling users to experience delegate votes, speeches and reactions from the convention floor.


August 17th, 2012
02:43 PM ET

CNN Reveals the Winners of the 'Your Political Ticket' iReport Convention Contest

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:


Alex Anderson

Plymouth, Minnesota

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.


Matt Sky

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.

Elizabeth Lauten

Alexandria, Virginia

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."




Omekongo Dibinga

Washington, D.C.

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.


Melissa Fazli

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.

Willie Harris

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 to follow the latest iReports from the conventions.

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