Have iPhone … Will Report

by Dan Ward

Do you have a smart phone, a Flip video recorder or both?  Well, do I have good news for you!  Thanks to your ability to shoot a photo or video and hit “send,” you too can be a journalist for one of the world’s leading news organizations!

Don’t worry about training or accuracy.  That’s old-school reporting.  Here’s all you need to do:

Shoot your “news” story.  It could be about anything, from important issues like the imploding world economy to your views on American Idol.  Now, go to the website for CNN (the former “Worldwide Leader in News” that now bills itself as among the world leaders in “information delivery”).

Click on iReport, and then post your news story for all the world to see.  Done!

I know, it sounds too good to be true.  Surely, one of the most trusted names in news wouldn’t risk its hard-earned credibility in the pursuit of lucrative website clicks, would it?

Well, don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what CNN has to say:  “iReport is the way people like you report the news.  The stories in this section are not edited, fact-checked or screened before they post.”

Now you, too, can report the news, without all that worry over silly details like sourcing and verification.  So log on today.  Just think of the amazing stories you can tell!

6 Responses to Have iPhone … Will Report

  1. Roger Pynn says:

    It boggles my mind that real journalists promote this junk. As if their species weren’t already endangered by people like Sam Zell, supposedly legitimate media are out there pushing people to play reporter.

  2. Thomas Stangle says:

    I don’t mind this concept. In my opinion one of the reasons why the blogging, twittering, facebooking craze is so widely popular is because it creates an infinitely large platform for individual voices to be heard. In today’s world of technology, there is no stopping a message that is powerful enough.

    A perfect example is the Iranian voting protests and the amateur journalism that shocked the whole world.

  3. Dan Ward says:

    I don’t disagree with your examples, Tom, but the difference here is that a “news” organization, one that has earned credibility over many years by relying on trained journalists who vet news stories, cite sources and verify facts before they run, is now hosting stories by people with no journalism background. They actually seem proud of the fact that accuracy is unimportant.

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  5. […] my partner, Dan Ward, wrote about CNN iReport, he was clearly disturbed by the news organization’s burning desire to create would-be […]

  6. […] CNN launched iReport back in 2010, PR people everywhere gasped in horror at the demise of journalism. Encouraging […]

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