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.
Network Tops Closest Mobile Competitor by 47%, Maintains Lead in Desktop
With 70 million unique visitors and 1.8 billion page views in October, the CNN Digital Network maintained in desktop traffic its lead over HPMG News and NBC News Digital for the month. CNN Digital’s mobile platforms posted in September the network’s biggest month in history, attracting more than 32 million users and further solidifying CNN’s position as the No. 1 mobile news source for 67 consecutive months. Key highlights reflecting the most current data available below:
CNN Digital claimed three EPPY Awards today from Editor & Publisher. The EPPY™ Awards honor the best media-affiliated websites across 31 diverse categories. Now in its 18th year, this international contest has broadened its scope to keep up with the ever-changing Internet industry.
CNN won for:
Best Business/Finance Website: CNNMoney.com
Best Entertainment Blog: The Marquee Blog
Best Crowd Sourcing/Citizen Journalism site: The 3rd Annual iReport Awards
Click here for a full list of EPPY finalists.
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 Tech continued its yearlong look at innovation in tech and related fields by publishing The CNN 10: Thinkers, honoring 10 visionaries whose ideas are shaping our future. These creative minds have shoved conventional wisdom aside and are changing the world with their insights and innovations in 3-D printing, online education, big data and other areas.
For more information about the individual lists and/or the series in general, follow @cnntech on Twitter or use the hashtag #cnnthinkers. The Thinkers project was developed and compiled by senior producer Brandon Griggs and writer/producers Doug Gross and Heather Kelly. It is also available on desktop and mobile at CNN.com/thinkers and in the Tech section of the CNN mobile apps for iPhone and iPad.
The Thinkers list comes on the heels of The CNN 10: Startups, which recognized 10 young companies that are shaking up the tech industry. In November, CNN Tech will publish The CNN 10: Gadgets, a list of game-changing gadgets to watch. The series culminates in December with The CNN 10: Ideas, celebrating 2013’s boldest and most impactful thinking across tech, science and related fields.
Bernadette Tuazon is joining CNN Digital as a senior photo editor. Starting today, she will be responsible for overseeing the CNN Photos blog, editorial assignments and will be part of the creative team exploring new ways of storytelling through still imagery. She comes to CNN from the Associated Press, where she worked for 24 years.
Through the years, Tuazon has held various positions and covered events all over the world. As a photo editor, state photo editor, international photo editor, and senior photo editor, she has chronicled the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens, and the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Nagano, and Salt Lake City. She has edited photography from the Academy Awards, political conventions, presidential elections and inaugurations, World Series, Super Bowls, U.S. Open tennis in the U.S., as well as a number of Papal visits, G-8 and APEC summits.
To mark the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, CNN iReport invited readers to share their personal experiences of "Everyday Racism," the ways prejudice still creeps into American life. The interactive, which launched today, features five powerful vignettes about encountering racism.
The vignettes cover a range of perspectives, among them the societal reactions towards interracial couples, encountering racism at a young age, and embracing one’s identity by getting in touch with a long-lost heritage. Each story is accompanied by an illustration from Seb Jarnot and the interactive also includes a collection of quotes from other readers’ experiences with racial injustice.
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 is optimizing the CNN App for Windows Phone 8 for Nokia’s new Lumia 1020 device. Building on CNN’s robust selection of news stories, images and video; panoramic interface and direct access to iReport through the app, CNN has added a number of features that take advantage of the Nokia Imaging SDK.
Now, while in iReport mode, a user can upload multiple photos at once and edit them by cropping or adjusting light levels. An iReport live tile can also be pinned directly to a user’s homescreen to allow for easier access to iReport.
“The CNN App for Windows Phone 8 continues to give consumers a great news and information experience,” said Craig Kirkland, sr. director of product strategy. “Through CNN’s app, iReporters can now share even higher quality photos and videos by using the camera on Nokia’s newest device.”
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