Sunday, October 22, 2006
Why I-Reports?
Hawaii's big magnitude 6.7 earthquake on October 15 sold me on the value of I-Reports. I was working in the CNN control room on the Sunday morning that the quake hit. Several I-Reporters immediately sent in pictures of quake damage, and just as fast as they came in, CNN put them on the air. The producers kept asking, "Are there more? Are there more?" When there's a big breaking news story, there's a tremendous appetite for news -- people want to see for themselves what's going on. And until Hawaii's local stations swung into action, I-Reporters from Hawaii provided an invaluable service to the outside world.

So, make sure your camera batteries are charged and you've written down our e-mail address (cnn.com/ireport or ireport@cnn.com). You never know when a big story is going to break in your area.
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