CNN’s iReport, a community journalism website within the larger CNN franchise, was founded in August 2006 as a place for individuals to contribute to breaking news stories. At its outset, iReport and community journalism outlets like it strove to incorporate citizen reports, and even edited iReport submissions. Faced with an economic downturn and dwindling resources, iReport stopped editing and incorporating reports. Today, iReport–despite garnering some 10,000 submissions per month–is virtually ignored on CNN’s mainstream news feeds.
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Source: Bill Reader and John A. Hatcher, Foundations of Community Journalism (Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2012), 207.
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