We spotted CNN scouring Facebook for fast photos, and talked about their use of i-Reports — those-on-the-fly eyewitness accounts BlackBerried in, that turn every viewer into a fact-finder. Now CNN has gone one step further: they've established iReport.com. It's a whole site dedicated to news by you and for you. Here's how they describe it:
Welcome to a brand new beta site for uncensored, user-powered news. CNN built the tools, you take it from there. All the stories here are user-generated and instant: CNN does not vet or verify their authenticity or accuracy before they post. The ones with the "On CNN" stamp have been vetted and used in CNN news coverage.
Now their tagline is "Unedited. Unfiltered. News." While eyewitness accounts are great, I'm not entirely sure I'm so hot-to-trot to get rid of the editing and filtering of my news. To see what I mean, read more. When one of the headlines is:
Well, I don't know... It's not exactly how I imagine Wolf Blitzer would report the story. What do you think? Do you want to join the iReport force? Would you read these stories?