Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Getting I-Reports can be tricky
I phoned Francis Keating minutes after he sent us some great shots of anti-government protests in Hungary. Luckily, he had his cell phone with him, and was still on the scene. His words painted a riveting image. Protesters and riot police were squaring-off. Then he was drowned out by this loud clanging. I didn't know if it was the sound of conflict or what. I wanted to know what was going on, but I also wanted him to be okay. Keating couldn't hear me. I sat, listening, waiting, for a few tense moments as the metallic banging continued. Finally, Keating was on the line again. The banging was an ancient bell in an old church and not the sound of rioting. How ominous it had seemed moments earlier, and yet how benign it seemed in the wake of his explanation.

We love getting photos and video I-Reports from CNN.com users, but we also want you to stay safe while you're doing so. I'm getting to be an old lady, and frankly, my heart can't take the stress.
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