Monday, April 09, 2007
News that matters
“What’s happening near you?” That’s a question we ask our I-Reporters every day. We do it because you have stories to tell. Sometimes the news involves national or global issues that effect us all –- but often the news most important to you is the news that is happening right outside your front door.

Take for example Robert Lang of West St. Paul, Manitoba. A large ice jam has stalled on the Red River just North of him in Selkirk. A wall of broken ice has piled high against a old bridge. Local officials are concerned that the ice could damage the bridge and push floodwaters over the banks. Lang snapped this image to document the danger and share it with CNN.

Another I-Reporter, Tom Wingert, used his camera to capture a more immediate danger in his neighborhood. He shot a spectacular image of a bowling alley fire in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As firefighters rushed to the scene, so too did Wingert. The blaze quickly engulfed the local family fun spot –- and as the roof collapsed, flames shot high into the air. Everyone inside made it out OK, but for local officials on the ground, the flames were too close for comfort.

Lang and Wingert are not trained journalists; they are citizens who care about the news near them. And thanks to their efforts, now we do too.
What I would do in this situation is NEVER GO ON A CRUISE -- of which I never have.
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