CNN has launched its iReport.com site as a “beta,” inviting anyone to send in photos, video, stories and more, creating instantly one of the biggest sites online for “unfiltered, uncensored user-powered news.”
A few things worth noting:
- The content on the site is not pre-moderated (though some screening of content after posting may be done)
- The site isn’t co-branded with CNN (though there are references to CNN) and isn’t even promoted on CNN.com yet — a clear effort to seperate the CNN brand from the unmoderated content on iReport.com
- The site includes standard user-genrated features, such as rating contributions, search by subject or submitter, sort by most popular, etc
- The majority of iReports are on this site — about 90,000 — while CNN has only used about 900 of those on air or on CNN.com.
The site says:
The views and content on this site are solely those of the iReport.com contributors. CNN makes no guarantees about the content or the coverage on iReport.com!
Lots of people argue about what constitutes news. But, really, it’s just something that happens someplace to someone. Whether that something is newsworthy mostly depends on who it affects — and who’s making the decision. On iReport.com, that is you! So we’ve this site and equipped it with some nifty tools for posting, discovering and talking about what you think makes the cut.
Use the tools you find here to share and talk about the news of your world, whether that’s video and photos of the events of your life, or your own take on what’s making international headlines. Or, even better, a little bit of both.
How is this site different from the iReport page on CNN.com?
The iReports you see here on iReport.com come straight from iReporters, and they appear on the site the moment they’re uploaded. The iReports you see on CNN.com are selected and vetted by CNN before they are used on CNN’s platforms.