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Searching for a news anniversary angle? Look to your audience


For Katrina’s fifth anniversary, CNN partnered with local residents to shoot a series of then-and-now photographs. (Katie Hawkins-Gaar/CNN)

Every journalist knows the drill: As a milestone anniversary of a notable event approaches, the planning meetings and team discussions begin. How are we going to cover this? What’s our angle? How many resources will we devote?

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is no different. Given the magnitude of the disaster and the proliferation of digital content, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with everything that’s been published so far. (If you are trying to keep up with it all, is a great resource.)

Places like The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and ESPN produced beautiful longform pieces. Journalists created poignant radio stories, smart interactives and stunning photographs. Read more


Career Beat: Daniel Norselli named president and publisher of the Springfield News-Leader

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Daniel Norselli is now president and publisher of the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader and The Baxter Bulletin. Previously, he was senior digital sales director for the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group. (Gannett)
  • Katie Hawkins-Gaar will be Poynter’s digital innovation faculty member. She is editor of CNN’s iReport. (Poynter)
  • Jenna Wortham is now a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was a columnist on the business desk. (New York Times)
  • Jessica Lustig will be deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was a staff editor there. (Poynter)
  • Ethan Bronner will be managing editor for international government at Bloomberg News. Previously, he was deputy national editor at The New York Times.
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How CNN’s iReport verifies its citizen content

The protests that erupted in Nigeria earlier this month over skyrocketing fuel prices initially received only a small amount of coverage from North American media, including CNN.

But CNN’s iReport team soon began seeing a steady stream of photos, videos and on the ground reports submitted by users in Nigeria. It became clear they couldn’t ignore the story.

“CNN wasn’t really covering that story at all until we started seeing an outpouring of contributions of video and photos and people writing into iReport over and over for days,” said Lila King, participation director for CNN Digital. “It made us say, ‘Gosh, you know we really need to be paying attention to this.’ ”

The result was increased coverage on CNN properties featuring the material submitted by a range of Nigerian citizens and freelancers. Read more

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iReport turns 5: Citizen journalism ‘at the core’ of CNN’s coverage of big news

CNN’s iReport system for citizen journalism turns 5 years old Tuesday. The director, Lila King, talked to Beet.TV about how the project has changed CNN and evolved over the years. She says citizen reporters’ contributions are now “at the core of the way we [CNN] tell most big breaking news stories.” More than 800,000 people from every country have contributed reports, King said. The thing they have in common is that “they feel deeply connected to the stories that they share, in a way that maybe traditional journalists might not,” King said. “There’s an enormous amount of subjectivity on iReport, and people who approach stories with a lot of passion and personal experience because they’re living right in the middle of them.” Editors at CNN have learned to become curators in addition to newsgatherers, she said, as they work with iReporters to cover “stories where we don’t have cameras in places where you need cameras.” Read more

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